USA Karate Features Tom Scott

Tom Scott

May 05, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

                  TOM SCOTT

Name Thomas Scott
Wolf Slayer/ Captain America
Twitter Name
Richardson, Texas
Current Hometown *
Richardson, Texas
Height/ Weight
6ft 165lbs
Family (only child, brothers/sisters, ect) *
Older sister Erin and younger brother Chase
What age did you start karate?
when I was 8 years old
What style of karate do you do? *
What's your favorite food? *
pancakes by far
What type of music do you listen to? *
Rock, classical, electronic
What is your favorite music group or artist? *
Alter Bridge and Swedish House Mafia
Do you listen to music before you go it the ring? If so, what kind? *
I like to listen to my music on the bus ride over to the venue. I listen to anything that makes me feel good.
Do you have any pets? What kind? *
A cat who whines a lot
What is your pets name?
He was small when we first got him so we call him Little.
Do you have any hidden talents?*
One of my legs is an inch longer than the other so I see it as a deceptive, secret weapon haha
How many hours a week do you workout in preparation for a major tournament?
Right now I am lucky to have a schedule that allows for about 5 hours a day. 2 or 3 hours in the morning and 2 or 3 in the afternoon and evening.
How many times have you made the Junior US Team and in what event? *
I feel my junior years were pretty quiet. I only made the junior team a handful of times, but enjoyed the lessons I learned which prepared me for the senior team.
How many times have you made the Senior US Team and in what events? *
When I was 18 I lost my junior spot at the team trials. My Sensei, Brody Burns and I decided that although I could try for juniors for a few more years, our goals were with the senior team, and we never tried out for juniors again. I think it was one of the best things for me and I appreciate the road I've traveled. I've been fortunate enough to make the senior team for the under 75kg kumite spot every time since that year. I am still shooting for an alternate team spot in kata :)
Who is your favorite superhero?
the Iron Giant
Who is your hero in real life? Why? *
The Apostles. Each was willingly put to death for the truth. And to me there is no greater message for something than hundreds dying for the claim.
Favorite Quote *
"The Universe is so vast and so ageless that the life of one man can only be justified by the measure of his sacrifice." -taken from WWII Pilot Rosewarne's letter to his mother.
Biggest Win. Why? *
Over time, I have come to cherish every win and loss. For me, victory is only more valuable when there is a defeat that precedes it. There will always be victories and defeats, and we never know when we will have our last of each. So although I don't enjoy defeat, I am good at appreciating it for what it really is; a fuel for victory.
What do you love about competition? *
I love the thrill and challenge of taking on the world. I enjoy getting better every time I step into the ring. From year to year, and by each tournament, I try and become the next level fighter. I am enjoying everything I continue to learn from competition that I can apply to all the other parts of my life.
Favorite way to relax? *
I have a list of the Oscar best picture movies that I watch with my girlfriend Morgan. I like to go to the gun range with Sensei Burns and be a small time weapons enthusiast. I don't play much video games or computer games anymore, but thank goodness because I wouldn't have time for everything I want to get done! 

On trips Sensei Burns and I will watch episodes of Homeland (great show) and The Walking Dead. I like Homeland, but The Walking Dead is wearing me out.. I just feel I could make some much better decisions when the zombie apocalypse comes around.
Advice for the youth athletes in karate? *

My advice for the young athletes is this. Right now there are two things you should really be focusing on. 
1. Have fun. You should be enjoying the sport that you love and grew up in. Strive to be better every day, but remind yourself of the parts you like every once in a while. It will continue to drive you forward. 
2. Learn your lessons. Everyone's goal is to be a WKF World champ someday, but you can't accomplish that until you are a senior and are there :). So right now take every win and loss, analyze it, soak it in, and try not to repeat mistakes. Don't forget to also try and repeat what you do well or what you liked about each tournament. 

If you do this, your time as a Junior will make you strong when you get into the Seniors.

Where do you get your inspiration from? *
I get my inspiration from my faith. My faith gives me discipline which really helps me continue to work hard, even when I don't feel up to it that day. If I get too stressed about school or training or the implications of winning and losing in my sport, it is the deeper purpose and bigger life picture that brings me back to calm. 

I've learned that my life is not about me, but about one who came before me not so long ago. This puts it all in perspective for me.

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