Athlete - Minako Yamazaki
|Family (only child, brothers/sisters, ect)|
|What age did you start karate?||
3 years old
|What style of karate do you do?||
Shindo Jinen Ryu
|What's your favorite food?||
|What type of music do you listen to?||
All types, but my roots are hip hop, yet Carly Rae Jepson is on repeat at the moment
|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?||
I don't. But if I did, I'd have a giant dog. Male or female I would name it "Kristy Yamapoochi"
|What is your pets name?|
|Do you have any hidden talents?||
I am able to seemlessly convert oxygen into carbon dioxide
|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?
|Do you have a lucky charm? What is it?|
|Who is your favorite superhero?||
|Who is your hero in real life? Why?||
My parents: Kiyoshi Yamazaki and Junko Yamazaki
My father overcame paralysis after he was hit by a car, and my mother nursed my father back to health after he was released from the ICU (bacterial meningitis) 4 years ago. They make it difficult to come up with excuses.
basketball, reading, making babies cry and then making them laugh
"Be as you wish to seem" - Socrates, "Discipline is a freeing concept" - Sensei Darrell Goode (JKR)
|Biggest Win. Why?|
|What do you love about competition?||
I love that competition is all about striving for perfection on a particular day no matter the circumstances. As human beings we are not perfect creatures, yet we try anyway.
|Favorite way to relax?||
a long hot bath filled with lavender epson salt.
|Advice for the youth athletes in karate?||
Be diligent about your kihon (basics). It's the foundation for everything if you wish to prolong your karate career. Build good habits now.
|Where do you get your inspiration from?||
My parents, dojo, and organization (Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai). Everyone is so supportive and I want to make them proud.
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