Athlete - Sakura Kokumai
|Family (only child, brothers/sisters, ect)||
one younger brother
|What age did you start karate?||
10 years old
|What style of karate do you do?||
|What's your favorite food?||
chocolate chip cookies, sushi
|What type of music do you listen to?||
Pop, Hip-hop and R&B, reggae
|What is your favorite music group or artist?|
|Do you listen to music before you go it the ring? If so, what kind?|
|Do you have any pets? What kind?|
|What is your pets name?|
|Do you have any hidden talents?||
I can play the koto and the shamisen
|How many hours a week do you workout in preparation for a major tournament?|
Is this your first World Championships?
What are your thoughts about the World Championships in Paris?
This will be my second World Championships. I am really looking forward to competing in France this year with the team. Although I did not place in 2010, I had a great experience in Serbia and I was able to get a taste of what it is like to compete at the world championships. It has been two years since then, and I believe that my kata has gotten stronger and faster and my preparation for the competition has changed. Until worlds this year, I want to keep concentrating on my basics, as well as my mental training. I believe that if I stay well focused on my performance, I can achieve something really big this year.
|Do you have a lucky charm? What is it?|
|Who is your favorite superhero?|
|Who is your hero in real life? Why?|
I never want to be one of those people who looks back and says 'I wonder if...'. If I have a goal, I'll go out and set forth to achieve it. When something is your passion it becomes everything. You put everything into it without hesitation.
|Biggest Win. Why?|
|What do you love about competition?||
I like competitions because its where I can get inspiration and a source of motivation from other athletes. It is also a place where I can learn from my mistakes so that I can be the best that I can be.
|Favorite way to relax?||
I like to read, hang out with friends and go to the beach.
|Advice for the youth athletes in karate?||
Dream big and keep working hard to achieve those dreams.
|Where do you get your inspiration from?||
I get inspiration from everyone: whenever I go to the gym, see people studying for their tests, working early in the morning and so on. I pay close attention so that I can see people who are working hard. Anyone who is dedicated to what they are doing and who is passionate about what they are doing inspires me.
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