USA Karate Features Cheryl Murphy

Cheryl Murphy

June 16, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)


Name Cheryl Murphy
Twitter Name
Olympia, Washington
Current Hometown *
Height/ Weight
Family (only child, brothers/sisters, ect) *
grew up an only child but have two brothers on my father's side Brian and Anthony
What age did you start karate?
What style of karate do you do? *
What's your favorite food? *
What type of music do you listen to? *
r&b, 50's, 60's, 80's, 90's reggae tone, dancehall, pop and a little bit of hip hop
What is your favorite music group or artist? *
i don't have a favorite
Do you listen to music before you go it the ring? If so, what kind? *
yes something up beat and has a good rhythm
Do you have any pets? What kind? *
What is your pets name?
KIKO she's my road dog lol
Do you have any hidden talents?*
hidden? i can dance, play the piano, bake, cook
How many hours a week do you workout in preparation for a major tournament?
How many times have you made the Junior US Team and in what event? *
Never tried for Jr events
How many times have you made the Senior US Team and in what events? *
15+ ever since 2002
Who is your favorite superhero?
Who is your hero in real life? Why? *
My mom. Eleanor Elizabeth Monroe Murphy She raised me on her own ( with some help from my Sensei Herb Wiles) and taught me all she could in the short amount of time i spent with her... 28 years. She taught me the importance of education, the understanding of wearing different hats, following ones dream and to always color coordinate...hehehehe
Favorite Quote *
to thine own self be true
Biggest Win. Why? *
"big wins"? every win is a big one for me. It took a long time for me to "win". but if i have to answer
first nationals I won
first US Open I won
US Open 2012 in the finals with two current world champions and won both divisions
Pan American 2012 2 gold and a silver
i want to name more because like I said every win for me is a BIG one
What do you love about competition? *
the moment Im about to score...pow pow
Favorite way to relax? *
watch tv and or bake... when given the opportunity to be around the ones who have supported me to no end!!!! I love you!!
Advice for the youth athletes in karate? *
Make your own history.. Be known for your efforts and not the efforts of others
Where do you get your inspiration from? *

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