USA Karate Features Eimi Kurita

Eimi Kurita

April 07, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

                  EIMI KURITA

Name Eimi Kurita
Twitter Name
Current Hometown *
Height/ Weight
5'3/ 61kg
Family (only child, brothers/sisters, ect) *
2 older sisters and 1 older brother
What age did you start karate?
6 years old
What style of karate do you do? *
Goju ryu
What's your favorite food? *
Steak, chicken, cornbread, ice cream, chocolate. You know, the healthy stuff.
What type of music do you listen to? *
Hip hop, R&B, pop, alternative, and bob Marley.
What is your favorite music group or artist? *
Beyoncé, Jhene Aiko, J. cole, T.I, Drake, 2 chainz.
Do you listen to music before you go it the ring? If so, what kind? *
I like to listen to relaxing/ R&B music the day of competition. Once I start warming up I like to listen to my Rap music to get me pumped up!
Do you have any pets? What kind? *
Does my brother count?
What is your pets name?
Do you have any hidden talents?*
Professional baby whisperer
How many hours a week do you workout in preparation for a major tournament?
10-15 hours
How many times have you made the Junior US Team and in what event? *
I represented the Jr. US team from 2005-2007 in both Kata and Kumite.
How many times have you made the Senior US Team and in what events? *
I have been on the Senior US team since 2006 and competed in Kata, Kumite, Team Kata, and Team Kumite.
Who is your favorite superhero?
I liked Sailor Moon as a child. I don't know why, probably because of their cute outfits.
Who is your hero in real life? Why? *
I would have to say my parents. They are my number one can and biggest supporters of my karate career. My parents sacrificed so many things in order for me to go to training everyday ever since I was 6 years old. My father is such a hard worker and always made sure I was able to travel to all the international competitions I qualified for. My mom always gives me unconditional love and support which keeps me motivated to keep working hard toward my goals. Overall, my parents are amazing and I'm very lucky to have them :)
Shopping, eating, hiking, going to the beach, spending time with family/friends.
Favorite Quote *
"Motivation can almost always beat mere talent."
Biggest Win. Why? *
My biggest win so far would be getting the bronze in kata at the 2006 Sr. World Championships. It was my Sr. World competition, I was really nervous but I had my team mates Shannon and Sensei Maile there supporting me. It was a surreal experience and it made me grow as an athlete. 
I hope to have a bigger win in the future, possibly winning the gold at the World Championships :) 
What do you love about competition? *
I love everything about it! I love the training, the hardwork, blood, sweat, tears, the adrenaline. I love getting on the plane and traveling with the team. Experiencing new and different cultures in all the countries. Trying new foods. Making new friends and memories. I love being able to spend time with the team and getting to know everyone. I also love being in the ring and seeing how much you have improved or learning things that I need to work on. Most of all I just love being at a competition sharing the experience with others who love the sport as much as I do.
Favorite way to relax? *
I definitely love taking naps! Especially after a hard workout, the bed is my best friend. Spending time with my adorable nieces is definitely one of my favorite ways to relax. Shopping of course, and it's also great cardio. Hiking always helps clear my head, the nice view always helps.
Advice for the youth athletes in karate? *
My advice to them would be to give 100% in anything you do. Don't make karate your whole life, have fun, experience high school/college, play other sports. Make sure to set goals and work hard for them and never give up. Be respectful and humble inside and outside the ring, you never know who's watching.
Where do you get your inspiration from? *
When I feel like I need some inspiration I go online and look for motivational quotes, print them out and put somewhere in my room as a reminder. I also like to read about athletes and learn about their struggles and see how they pulled through. For example, Michael phelps, Shawn Johnson, gabby Douglas, Lolo jones to name a few. They remind me that with hard work, heart, dedication, and perseverance anything is possible :)

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