Name: Kaitlyn Shimohara
Sport: Karate
Position: 16-17 Female Elite Kata & 14-17 Female Elite Team Kata
Classification: Shindo Jinen Ryu
Birthplace: Fullerton, Calif.
Hometown: Los Alamitos, Calif.
Other Career Highlights
  • 4x Junior National Team Member
Personal: I started doing karate when I was only 5 years old....My favorite food is Filipino Empanadas....year. I’ve made it for individual kata all 4 years and for team kata twice....My mom is my real life hero because without her I wouldn’t have made it to where I am today. She sacrifices her time and energy to make sure that I can train, and she even takes off work to travel with me....My biggest win was this year at nationals. This is the first time I’ve been given the opportunity to compete in individual kata at the world championships....I love how at competitions you get to meet people from around the US and even the world that you wouldn’t have known if you didn’t compete....I try to pull inspiration from every person I meet, but I get most of it from my role models at the dojo. When I see them training hard alongside me, I feel humbled as well as get inspired to try and keep up with them...."See the good and the value of all things" - Someone from my dojo