Ian (top left): "I've been training karate for 9 years at nkd martial arts, and have been competing for about 7 years now. i've won Nationals 3 times and U.S. open 2 times, this is my 3rd time been on the U.S. team, 1 for individual kata , 2 times now for team kata.i medalded 3rd in team kata last year at the pan american games in ecuador. This will be my 3rd pan american games and my 1st jr world. I've been training very hard with all my teammates to win pan american games and jr world championships. thanks for all the support!!"
Zach (top middle): "I've been doing karate for 11 years, however I started at NKD Martial Arts at 11 years old. I am a 2 time national champion and am on the US National Karate team 4 years running. I won the Pan American Championships once when I was 13 years old. I will continue pursuing my dreams and hope to place at the World Championships. "
Justin (top right): "He started training at 6 years old and holds a Junior Black Belt rank. Justin lives in Riverside and commits to commuting several days a week to Fullerton to train at NKD. Since joining NKD at age 12, Justin has won 5 US Open Titles and 4 National Titles. He is a first time member of the U.S. National Team and is honored to be part of such a distinguished panel of athletes. Justin is a well rounded teenager, and has also been able to balance school and participation in his high school's award winning Marching Band and nationally acclaimed Mock Trial team. He is excited with this extraordinary opportunity to focus on karate and represent the United States."
Natalie (bottom right): "Holds a jr black belt rank and started karate at age 9. Natalie has come a long way. She holds 8 us open titles, and 3 national titles. Just at the age of 13, she took a big leadership role to share her knowledge in weapons and is currently still consistently teaching. This will be her first year on the U.S Team."
Kaity (bottom middle) "she started her training at the young age of 4 years old and is currently a junior black belt. Kaity has been a National and US Open champion before but this is her first time making it onto the junior team. Not only is she a champ, but she's also an exemplary figure at our dojo who shows true dignity and spirt on and off the tatami."
Brisa (Bottom left): "Brisa started her age at the young age of 5. She has been apart of NKD competition team quite some time now and has earned an outstanding number of titles from the local tournaments to big international tournaments. She has won numerous U.S Open titles and National Titles and has consectively made it on the U.S Karate Team two times. She is currently the National Champion in her division and the silver medalist Pan American Champion. Not only is a she an excellent competitor, she is also an excellent leader. She leads by example and is a great role model for the next generation."
- Troy Rossean
- Alfred Rodriguez
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