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Jeannette Bellhäuser has been competing with the national team since 2009, but she actually started learning karate at the tender age of 10. Her first contact with the sport was when she attended a self-defence course to give her more self-confidence. She was fascinated by martial arts, so she began karate and stuck with it - eventually it became an integral part of her life. She got better and better and ultimately joined the group of elite karate athletes.
Jeannette Bellhäuser lives in Bayreuth, where she is studying sports economics, and trains at the karate centre (Japan Karate Association in Germany) run by the national base trainer Henry Landeck.
Her participation in the national team has already taken her all over Europe, from London to Prague and to Belgium - and from success to success. A once in a lifetime highlight was her trip to the World Championship in distant Japan in 2014, because Japan is the home of karate and hence has a very special significance for every karateist.
Jeannette Bellhäuser's greatest successes to date were third place in the 2014 World Championships in Tokyo and the European Championship title in 2015 in Prague. In April 2016, she successfully defended the European title with the German karate team (Sara Baradaran from Karlsruhe and Melissa Rathmann from Remagen) at the European Championships in Dublin.
Photograph (from right to left) Mellissa Rathmann, Sara Baradaran and Jeannette Bellhäuser celebrate their 2015 European Championship title. Source: PSV