Karate World Cup Mother & Son

My name is Carolyn. My son Timothy and I have been selected to the USA National Karate Team. We will be representing our country at the Karate World Cup, formally named the 14th Annual Funakoshi Ginchin Cup, in Limerick, Ireland in August 18 - 20, 2017.

I started training karate when I was 19 years old. In my mid 20's, I stopped training and focused on my career and raising a family. I returned to the sport 9 years ago when my son began in karate. We have been training together ever since. I am a 3rd degree black belt with the Japan Karate Association and have wins in many local and regional tournaments. I am now honored and incredibly fortunate to be selected to the National Team to compete at the World Championships.

My son is a 15 year old high school honors student. He began his karate career at age 5 and earned his black belt at age 11. Tim has been a strong competitor, winning first places in almost every tournament he enters. 

I am so thrilled to be training in the same sport as my child, attending practices and tournaments together. I believe that both of us being named to the US Team, to compete at the World Cup, is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am in my late 40's. I hope that I can inspire other women and mothers my age, to pursue goals and dreams that they may think are out of reach.

Click on this link to see Tim & I featured on Fox 61 News, interviewed by Jim Altman:  http://fox61.com/2017/06/02/karate-kidmom-of-durham-make-it-to-the-big-stage/

Karate is an amateur sport in the US and team members are funding themselves. My dojo and I hope to raise $4700 to finance our World Cup experience. Funds being raised will go towards travel expenses, housing, food, entry fees, team uniforms, equipment, and special team trainings. We are very thankful and appreciative for any donations made towards our effort. 
Tim, competing in Kata, at the University of Connecticut's Husky Cup Tournament, 2016
Carolyn performing kata at New England Regional Championships 2017


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Carolyn Figlar Rinaldi 
Durham, CT
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