Karate Preview
After earning several top honors at the 2019 Pan American Karate Federation (PKF) Continental Championships in Panama, USA Karate team members are ready to strike at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Team USA will compete in nine of 12 karate categories at the Pan American Games. Sakura Kokumai, Shannon Nishi-Patton, Ashley Hill, Cheryl Murphy, Cirrus Lingl, Ariel Torres, Tom Scott, Kamran Madani and Brian Irr will represent Team USA, forming the largest U.S. Pan American Games karate team since 1999.

Kokumai, 26, will compete in female kata in Lima. She is currently ranked No. 6 in the world following her silver-medal performance at the 2019 PKF Continental Championships, and she is one of USA Karate’s Olympic hopefuls leading up to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.  

Nishi-Patton, 34, has come out of retirement to chase down her Olympic dream. She will compete in -50 kg. kumite in Lima.

Hill, 31, has been a consistent presence on the Karate 1 circuit. The daughter of America’s first karate world champion, Terrance “Tokey” Hill, she will represent the U.S. in the -61 kg. kumite division.

Murphy, 40, has been a long-time member of the U.S. national team. She will compete in -68 kg. kumite division. 

Lingl, 20, is a rising star on Team USA, making her an athlete to watch in Lima. Representing the U.S. in the +68 kg. kumite division, she is looking to build upon her momentum in international competition.

Torres, 21, will enter the 2019 Pan American Games on a hot streak. After claiming a gold medal at the 2019 PKF Continental Championships, he will compete in the male kata event. He is currently ranked No. 14 in the world.

Scott, 29, known to his teammates as “Captain America,” is USA Karate’s team captain and a 2019 PKF Continental Championships gold medalist. He is ranked No. 7 in the world and will compete in the -75 kg. division.

Madani, 22, is another rising star on Team USA. He will compete in the -84 kg. division.

Irr, 31, rounds out Team USA. Currently ranked No. 10 in the world, he earned a bronze medal at the 2019 PKF Continental Championships and will represent the U.S. in the +84 kg. division.

Three potential quota spots for the Tokyo 2020 Games are up for grabs for USA Karate athletes at the Pan American Games.

Kata athletes will compete on Aug. 9, while kumite athletes will contend on Aug. 11. Both karate finals will take place at the Polideportivo Villa El Salvador.