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Questions to professional karate athlete Tanel Paabo


Tanel Paabo is a professional athlete. He is on top of the game with several World and European championship medals (check out his results here). We asked him some questions about his trainings so you could get a better picture of the professional karate athlete.


Why you like doing karate?
The most important thing to all the fighters is that it is not just sports, it´s a lifestyle that will always carry on and on in your life. It doesn’t matter when you will stop competiting as a top athlete, you will have it with you always and everywhere. Karate is about thinking, it’s not throwing punches or kicks somewhere and not even reaching there, karate is about defeating your opponet using their own mistakes.

How much do you train in a week?
I used to train 12 to 15 times per week when I was studing in the private sports gymnasium (Audentes). But now I have do go to work, study at university (Estonian Business School) and train after that. I give my best to go to the dojo and train as hard and as much as I can, basically 5 to 6 times in a week.

How does your most typical training look like?
It depends. I don’t train like others – I have my own programmes. I train MMA, judo and wrestling at the same time while I do karate, but just different times to complete myself. On the other hand I have physical and explosive preparations and strenght preparations at gym but everything has to be calculated exactly with the right amount and at the right time so I can get and keep myself fit for the championships.

We have a medium size dojo where we can use different styles of warm up. Sometimes we just run while stretching every single muscle in our body through different jogging exercises and mixed martial arts exercises, sometimes we play ball and sometimes we use tennisball games for coordinational warm up. After the warm up we put on our protections and start doing technique and tactical training all together or individually. Every time we try to replicate different competition situations and try them out with one or more partners to make it more difficult. After the training main part we take our time off with stretching individually and doing some core exercises to keep our muscles fit all the time.


Tanel Paabo´s SPONSORS

How do you know if you are in a good shape to compete?
We don’t have any special power or speed tests – it comes by itself. If you have been fighting for more that 10 years it’s in your blood and you just know if are you ready or not. You feel that your body is open, flexible, fast, explosive and your mind is just working like it has to – that means you are ready.

Where do you think athletes’ money should come from?
For me, it is a bit complicated situation. After all these long long years of competing, swetting, blood, tears and pain me and my parents were dying to find some sponsors to support me with competitions expenses. It was like 3 to 4 years without any success of finding supporters because karate isn’t very popular sports, even when your face is well known in (social)media. But now things are different and we have managed to find some sponsors. I got my name spread out to many people and I am still working to get my name more value. We don’t get any support from the goverment for competing in tournaments or from the athletic association. It’s sad but true.

What do you think of Sportlio?
It’s a good place for athletes to promote themselves, but to be honest when they don’t find a way how to help the best ones out, it just becomes another website where you can write your contacts etc. So there is something that Sportlio should think of – picking the best ones out and helping them to get financially better. It is my opinion, but I think that all the other young athletes who are trying to get to the top of the world think the same as I do.

Sportlio team: If you have Sportlio profile page and want to have sponsors, then write us and we will help you out. Our team will guide you through and give you pointers. It is not that hard if you are willing to put in some effort and work.

Visit Tanel´s profile to see his results, sponsors and more – He is young and has many fascinating fights to come so keep an eye on him! We do!


How to get sponsors using Sportlio?


Sportlio is a professional social media tool, that helps athletes show their athletic career from every aspect – results, pictures, videos, articles, sponsors and use of other social media webpages. This gives an overview of athlete’s activities and makes it easier to support the athletes. This information is both interesting to fans and useful to business owners.

To get sponsors you have to be active and show yourself. If you reach the level where your results are great and people start taking notice of you, then things will go a lot easier. Until then, you have to work harder for sponsorship deals, but it is still doable! You just have to remember that companies are equally interested in your results and how active you are showing yourself. What this means is you post training videos to Youtube (you can add sponsor logos at the end of a clip), keep a blog (you can add sponsor logos at the end of a post) and you are an active user of other social media websites.

Now, do you see how Sportlio can help you? In Sportlio you can do exactly what companies want you to do – show their products, logos and other related information in exchange for sponsorship. You see advertisements practically everywhere you go online (unless you use AdBlock) and new ways to reach potential customers are continually searched. Why not let companies pay for putting their logo in your profile?

How to use Sportlio to get sponsors!

So, here is how using Sportlio can get you sponsors:

  1. create profile for FREE and add necessary information + results
  2. start building your fanbase, this gives you a constant number of profile views every month
  3. if you think you have enough profile views, contact companies
  4. start from your hometown and write to/call your local businesses
  5. ask for free products/services in return for adding their logo to your profile and occasionally posting information about free products/services
  6. offer them as much as you can, i.e. logo on your t-shirt and at the end of training videos
  7. be visible around the year and not only during the competition season

Here is a great example of an athlete, who uses his profile for advertising sponsor products:



And an added picture of products

To become interesting enough for companies, you must have a decent number of profile views. Every month we send users statistics about profile views + time spent on profile. Also, we make public top 10 lists in our blog at the beginning of every month (here is a summary of the most popular athletes in 2015).

If you have enough profile views, you can start contacting companies and selling your profile for free products or services. Don´t ask for money, because it is easier for companies to give products/services than money for numerous reasons we are not going to explain. If you are planning on going to a training camp, perhaps then you could ask for financial support.

And because Sportlio is free, it does not cost you anything!

Sign up and start working to get support for your career –

(*If you want to advertise in Sportlio, let us know and we will help you choose right athletes for best potential customer reach. Write to us at info(at)

Sportlio most popular athletes in 2015


Last year was awesome. We added many new events and therefore Sportlio users got a chance to follow some really awesome athletes. So, we decided to make a list of athletes who got the most profile views during the last year and which athletes were featured most frequently in our monthly Top 10 lists.


Most visited athletes in 2015:

  1. Kreete Verlin – 5080 profile views and average time spent on one view 01:35min
  2. Maarja Kalev – 4073 profile views and average time spent on one view 01:59min
  3. Mikk Meerents – 3371 profile views and average time spent on one view 01:55min

Most frequently in Top 10 list in 2015 (from March to December):

  1. Mikk Meerents – 10/10
  2. Kreete Verlin – 9/10 (not in November)
  3. Maarja Kalev – 9/10 (not in November)
  4. Marti Medar – 7/10 (not in October, November and December)
  5. Pjotr Degtjarjov – 7/10 (not in March, August and September)
  6. Jaak-Heinrich Jagor – 6/10 (not in March, April, June and October)
  7. Õilme Võro – 5/10 (not in March, April, May,  June and July)

These athletes have better chances to get (new) sponsors, because they show themselves. Be an active athlete and you can find support for your career, too!

Sportlio team,


Top 10 athletes – December

Hi and a Happy New Year from our team!

Here are top athletes from December:

  1. Õilme Võro – 684
  2. Kreete Verlin – 620 (NEW)
  3. Keyt Muuga – 560 (NEW)
  4. Kevin Vabaorg – 293 (NEW)
  5. Anette Hallik – 281 (NEW)
  6. Maarja Kalev – 232 (NEW)
  7. Jaak-Heinrich Jagor – 204
  8. Mikk Meerents – 190
  9. Andreas – 102
  10. Pjotr Degtjarjov – 102

(Number indicates athlete profile views during 1 month time period)

NEW – stands for new entry compared to previous top 10.