USA Karate Features Brian Hilliard

Brian Hilliard

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

                   BRIAN HILLIARD 

Name Brian Hilliard
Twitter Name
I was born in 3rd Ward, Houston, TX, USA.
Current Hometown *
Most of my life I have lived in Moreno Valley, CA, but I recently moved Sacramento, CA, and I love it.
Height/ Weight
I'm 5'9", and I weigh 145 lbs.
Family (only child, brothers/sisters, ect) *
Adrian (Sister)
What age did you start karate?
I started Karate with Fumio Demura and the Genbu Kai (then Itosu Kai) Karate-Do organization when I was 7.
What style of karate do you do? *
Shito Ryu Karate Do Genbu Kai, and IKF.
What's your favorite food? *
I love creole food.
What type of music do you listen to? *
I like a variety of different types of music. Some of my favorite types are hiphop and rnb, dance and electro, reggae and dancehall, and jazz and blues.
What is your favorite music group or artist? *
Some of my favorite music artists and groups are Boys Noize, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Drake, J Dilla, Andre 3000, Fela Kuti, Biggie, Company Flow, The Weeknd, Rick Ross, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Gesaffelstein, Etta James, OFWGFTW, Aaliyah.
Do you listen to music before you go it the ring? If so, what kind? *
I listen to whatever is on my iPod. I have a variety of genres and artists.
Do you have any pets? What kind? *
I do have a few pets. 2 turtles and a cat.
What is your pets name?
Alpha, Omega, and Little Kitty.
Do you have any hidden talents?*
I like to dance.
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? *
I was not competing in nationals as a junior.
How many times have you made the Senior US Team and in what events? *
I have been on the USA Karate Senior Team since 2008, and I fight in the -67 kilogram division. I was in the -60 kilo division before.
Who is your favorite superhero?
I love Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, so one of my favorite Superheroes is Goku. I also really like Cowboy Bebop, so Spike Spiegel as well.
Who is your hero in real life? Why? *
All my life I have been influenced by this woman. She supports and guides me, and encourages me, teaches me, and directs me to this day. She taught me love, kindness, respect, confidence, perseverance, and humility within me. She is my Hero, and I love her with all my heart. My Mom, Isbell.

My Sensei, Fumio Demura, has guided me throughout life, instilling in me the important life lessons karate does, such as confidence, humility, respect, and reinstating into my being. For that, he is a hero of mine.
In my down time, I like to make music, dance, and bodyboard,
Favorite Quote *
I am a Champion.
Biggest Win. Why? *
I have 2 wins that I am extremely happy with as of right now. The first is the 2012 USA National Championship title and Gold Medal in the -60 kg kumite division. That was a big year, it was a World Championship year and proved to be awesome. 

The second was the 2013 USA Karate Open Gold Medal performance in the -67 kg kumite division. There were a lot of world class competitors there and I had blast fighting them. To come out with gold was an amazing feeling. 

I feel as though I have some more titles, and Golds to win. North American Cup, Pan Ams, Some other Opens, WC's and WGs. This will complete me.
What do you love about competition? *
I love pushing myself to the limit and playing against the best out there. It's awesome to compete with someone who has a love for the game as much as I do. I love learning about myself and testing myself through karate, and improving. I love the feeling of being in the zone, and transcending to that reality. 

I love being able to express myself freely on the tatami, and it being the purest form of self there is.
Favorite way to relax? *
I enjoy watching some shows or movies, making music, spending time with family and friends, and playing other sports.
Advice for the youth athletes in karate? *
Never give up. You never know how far you'll get until you go as far as you can.
Where do you get your inspiration from? *
I draw my inspiration from God and Jesus. They grant me each day to live and love, and have given me the opportunity to do something I truly love, and that's a blessing. Thank you.