Coach - Dustin Baldis
Moon Township, Pennsylvania
|Family (wife/husband, kids)||
Lisa, Ziah (10) and Machi (6)
|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?||
I appreciate all styles!
|What is your favorite music group or artist?||
Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Celtic Women (what??)
|Do you have any pets? What kind?||
Dog (Goldendoodle), Cat (princess) and Guinea Pig
|What is your pets name?||
Biscuit, Tulip and Ippon (yes, I got to name one)
|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?
No. I am fortunate that this will be my 4th World Championships.
I believe that this World Championships will be an incredible spectacle and I can't wait to see Team USA perform at their optimal level!
|Who is your favorite superhero?||
I don't have one.
|Who is your hero in real life? Why?||
My Family! They are willing to accept what I do and be part of it in any way that they can.
Golf (if I would ever get to play)
The only things worth attaining are the ones that seem completely unattainable!
|Biggest accomplishment. Why?||
Coaching at the 2011 Pan American Games!
As of right now, the Pan American Games are the closest the sport of karate can get to the feel of the Olympic Games. Hopefully, that changes in 2020.
|What do you love about competition?||
Every athlete that steps onto the mat has sacrificed so much time and energy with the same goal...WIN!
|Favorite way to relax?||
Having movie night at the house on Friday nights.
|Advice for the youth athletes in karate?||
Karate-do is something that you can do your whole life and should not end because you didn't have the success that you wanted at an event. Compete for the love of the sport! Be humble and appreciative of the athletes that came before you! No one person is bigger than the art/sport.
If you work hard and do what is asked of you to do, there is nothing that you can't achieve.
Most importantly, enjoy every moment!
|Where do you get your inspiration from?||
My inspiration comes from watching athletes have success and expressing genuine excitement for that success. There is not a better feeling than watching someone achieve something that they didn't think they could achieve and knowing that no matter how minor it might have been, you had a part in that success.
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