USA Karate Features Brandis Miyazaki

Brandis Miyazaki

Feb. 24, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)



Brandis Miyazaki



Twitter Name

Wahiawa, Hawaii
Current Hometown 
Mililani, Hawaii
Height/ Weight
-60 kg
Family (only child, brothers/sisters, ect) 
One younger brother
What age did you start karate?

What style of karate do you do?
A mix of wado ryu and shotokan
What's your favorite food? 
I love all types of food but the one thing I could not live without is spam musubi.
What type of music do you listen to? 
Mostly hawaiian reggae and alternative rock. I'll listen to pretty much anything except for hardcore rock.
What is your favorite music group or artist? 
It's a tie between Three Plus and Lupe Fiasco.
Do you listen to music before you go it the ring? If so, what kind? 
No music before I go to the ring. I only listen to the sound of my heartbeat and breathing.
Do you have any pets? What kind? 
One Australian Silky Terrier
What is your pets name?

His name is Brock.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I can perform a human flag and do a backflip.
How many hours a week do you workout in preparation for a major tournament?

About 15 - 16 hours per week.
How many times have you made the Junior US Team and in what event? 
I had been on the Junior US Team from 2004 - 09 in kumite. I also had competed twice for kata (2007 & 2009).
How many times have you made the Senior US Team and in what events? 
I have been on the Senior US Team from 2010 - present in kumite -60 kg.
Who is your favorite superhero?

The Flash
Who is your hero in real life? Why? 
There are many people who I have looked up to but the two that really stand are my mother and father. They are the ones who supported me throughout all the years, sacrificing their time to help me pursue my goals in life. They are probably my biggest fans. I love and appreciate they do and hope to be the kind of person they are one day.

I like to do calisthenics and skimboard.
Favorite Quote 
"I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan
Biggest Win. Why? 
I have had many great wins but I feel the big one is still to come.
What do you love about competition? 
That feeling of rush that you get when performing. Also, the opportunity to represent yourself, your city, your state, and your country.
Favorite way to relax? 
Rounding up my friends and heading down to the beach for a little swimming and skimboarding. If the beach isn't looking so good, then I'll head over to a park and workout by doing some calisthenics.
Advice for the youth athletes in karate? 
Enjoy the journey in life. Don't take winning and losing so seriously. If you can't enjoy what you are doing, why do it?
Where do you get your inspiration from? 

My family, teammates, and friends. Everything comes together easier when you surround yourself with people who support and care for you.