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John Michael Rivera

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San Diego, CA

  • Making the US National Karate Team in my first year at 12 (2017)
  • Going to PKF twice in a row
  • Broze Medal for 12-13 Male Elite Kata in 2017 Argentina
  • Went to NKF nationals in 2014 then waited till I was able to compete in the Elite division

When did you start karate and why?

I started karate when I was 5 years old because my stepbrother did it and it looked cool.

Name three things people might not know about you:

I am double-jointed, I can do the splits, and I play video games


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