Coach - Tommy Hood
Columba, South Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
|Family (wife/husband, kids)||
Elizabeth, Caleb (4), Olivia (1)
|What age did you start karate?||
|How long have you been USA Karate National Coach?||
|What style of karate do you do?||
|What's your favorite food?||
|What type of music do you listen to?||
|What is your favorite music group or artist?||
Hootie and the Blowfish
|Do you have any pets? What kind?||
Dog - Big loud hound
|What is your pets name?||
|Do you have any hidden talents?|
Is this your first World Championships as a Coach?
What are your thoughts about the World Championships in Paris?
|Who is your favorite superhero?||
There is only one superhero, thats Superman
|Who is your hero in real life? Why?||
Ridgley Abele. Greatest man I've ever known.
I hated to lose -Mike Krzyzewski
|Biggest accomplishment. Why?||
My two children, Caleb and Olivia. Because they are my children.
|What do you love about competition?||
Camaraderie and the roller coaster ride. I get the most gratification from seeing an athlete succeed and reach his/or her full potential. That is why I do it!
|Favorite way to relax?||
Smoke a good cigar on my back porch.
|Advice for the youth athletes in karate?||
What you dream will come true if you put the work and effort in. Its okay to be good at what you do.
|Where do you get your inspiration from?||
I get my inspiration from my instructor Mr. Abele. He inspires me because he was successful on all levels: athlete, coach, business man, and husband. Each day I try to be as much like him as I can.
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