USA Karate Features Minako Yamazaki

Minako Yamazaki

May 20, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)


Name Minako Yamazaki
Twitter Name
Anaheim, CA
Current Hometown *
Anaheim, CA
Height/ Weight
5'7, 150lbs
Family (only child, brothers/sisters, ect) *
two older sister and one older brother
What age did you start karate?
3 years old
What style of karate do you do? *
Shindo Jinen Ryu
What's your favorite food? *
Chicken Katsu Curry
What type of music do you listen to? *
My first love is hip hop and 90s R&B, but I'm all over the place when it comes to music.
What is your favorite music group or artist? *
This is like asking which parent is my favorite.
Do you listen to music before you go it the ring? If so, what kind? *
Do you have any pets? What kind? *
No, but I wish I had a dog.
What is your pets name?
I would name my dog "Kristi Yama-poochie"
Do you have any hidden talents?*
No. I don't think so. Maybe...I just checked. Nope.
How many hours a week do you workout in preparation for a major tournament?
I'm in the gym 3-4 days a week. I'm in the dojo 3-4 days a week with heavy and lights days of training.
How many times have you made the Junior US Team and in what event? *
I have never made the Junior team.
How many times have you made the Senior US Team and in what events? *
I've made the Senior Team as an alternate since 2008 in both kata and kumite.
Who is your favorite superhero?
Squirrel Girl
Who is your hero in real life? Why? *
My parents. I know this sounds cliche, but you have to give credit where credit is due. My mother introduced me to the word "no" and she always stuck to her no. She never gave in and that helped me understand discipline. Although, it did make me weird about having nice things. My father taught me leadership and how teaching is not about your ego.
Basketball, golf, chasing children with a "shinai"
Favorite Quote *
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible' - Audrey Hepburn
Biggest Win. Why? *
Every win feels like the biggest one. But winning a silver in Kata in 2012 Pan American Championships was really amazing. Being a finalist along with your teammate is a great feeling. At that point, it's not about you. You do it for your team.
What do you love about competition? *
Competition is great way to experience life lessons.
Favorite way to relax? *
Watching movies
Advice for the youth athletes in karate? *
Perception is everything. Be aware of your words and actions. Chances are that you will look back five years from now and be incredibly embarrassed by your arrogance. Take it from someone who knows.
Where do you get your inspiration from? *
My organization, Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai. The support I receive from my organization is second to none.

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