Nickname
Ninjaman and #thekaratekid
Twitter Name
@kierantamondong
Birthplace
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Los Angeles, CA
Current Hometown *
Valencia, CA
Height/ Weight
4'10 / 80 lbs
Family (only child, brothers/sisters, ect) *
Two sisters, Sydney (11) and Sage (6)
What age did you start karate?
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Five
What style of karate do you do? *
Shotokan, Shitoryu, Gojuryu
What's your favorite food? *
Pizza, pasta and SUSHI!
What type of music do you listen to? *
pop, hip-hip
What is your favorite music group or artist? *
don't really have a favorite
Do you listen to music before you go it the ring? If so, what kind? *
sometimes
Do you have any pets? What kind? *
none
What is your pets name?
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no pets
Do you have any hidden talents?*
Acrobatics, Tricking, Tumbling, Acting
How many hours a week do you workout in preparation for a major tournament?
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2-4 hours per day
How many times have you made the Junior US Team and in what events? *
This is my 2nd year on the Jr US Team. In 2015 I qualified for the team in 12-13 yr old -35kg kumite. This year in 2016, I qualified in 14-15 yr old kata.
Who is your favorite superhero?
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Spider-man. I am Peter Parker :)
Who is your hero in real life? Why? *
My Dad. He is the best. He does everything for our family and always puts me, my sisters and my mom first. He is my best friend and we have had so much fun traveling around the world together. I hope to be like him someday.
Hobbies
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Video games, Pokemon Go (haha), Tricking and Flipping.
Favorite Quote *
"Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion" - Muhammad Ali
Biggest Win. Why? *
Gold Medal in 10-11 Adv Kata at 2014 USA Open in Las Vegas. This was my first USANKF Gold Medal. This gave me confidence that I could one day be one of the best in the country and make the USA National Team in kata.
What do you love about competition? *
I sometimes feel really nervous right before I compete but that all goes away once I step on the mat. This is because I know I have prepared and trained so that I can be my best on this day. What I really love about competition is that I get to perform and show all the judges, parents, coaches and myself what I can do and how much I have improved. Sometimes I win, sometimes I don't. Either way I will always learn something which helps me to become better and accomplish my future goals.
Favorite way to relax? *
hang out with my friends, play video games, watch movies and TV, listen to music, dancing (hip-hop), tricking.
Where do you get your inspiration from? *
My mom and dad. They work hard and give me everything I need to be successful. They taught me to be always respectful, to always work hard and the opportunities to be successful will happen. 

My coach and Sensei, Randy Word. I have been training with him at Rising Sun Karate since I was 5 years old. He has taught me that working hard is the only secret to success you need to know. "A kick is a kick, a block is a block and a punch is a punch... your skill level depends on how hard are you willing to work"