David Culciar - AAU USA Karate National Team

Hi, my name is David Culciar, I am 14 years old and I live in Tustin, California. I started training in karate at the age of five, at Japan Karate-Do Federation dojo in Mission Viejo, California. I participated in many regional and district tournaments, and in 2015 I competed in my first AAU Karate National Championships. Many other athletes from my dojo had competed in the National Championships along the years, and their performance was phenomenal, and so I hoped by training hard, one day I would be as good as them.

My first National competition was an unforgettable experience! During the opening ceremony when they recognized the achievements of the AAU USA Karate National team which competed earlier that year in the World United Karate Federation (WUKF) World Championships, I was so impressed when I saw them coming up in front of everyone, and ever since I wished that one day I would be part of this amazing team. I continued to train hard and in 2018 I competed in my third National Championships in the black belt division, and I won bronze in Kobudo (weapons) and in the 13-14 year old mixed Ippon Kumite (one point sparring) being the only 13 year old to medal in this division. Based on my performance I was invited to be part of the AAU USA National Karate team, which will travel to Slovakia and compete in the 2019 WUKF World Championships. I am so honored and excited to be part of this elite team and represent the USA in this international competition.

I continue to train hard and prepare for this challenging competition under the guidance of Shihan Godshaw and all other Sensei and Senpai, and with the support from the teammates at my dojo. I feel so blessed to have such supportive family and instructors, however the cost of equipment, and all the travel expenses to team trainings and especially the competition in Slovakia is high, and if there is any way you can help me, I would forever be grateful for making it possible for me to achieve my dream and represent USA and my dojo in the 2019 World Karate Championships. I hope my hard work and determination will inspire other athletes to always challenge themselves, and strive for their goals and their dreams.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for your encouragement and support.

David Culciar


My accomplishments at past National Championships:

2018 AAU National Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (black belt division)
-        Bronze medal in Kobudo long weapons
-        Bronze medal in Ippon kumite 13-14 year old division

 2017 AAU National Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina (black belt divisions)
-        Gold medal in Kobudo long weapons
-        Silver medal in Kata (forms)
-        Bronze medal in Team Kata

2015 AAU National Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina (brown belt divisions)
-        Gold medal in Kobudo long weapons
-        Silver medal in Kata (forms)

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Organizer and beneficiary

Cristian Hotescu
Tustin, CA
Daniela Culciar

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