Name: Mateo Nacu
Position: 12-13 Male Elite Kata
Sport: Karate
Classification: Shotokan
Birthplace: Oak Park, IL
Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Personal: I started karate when I was 4 years old....This is my first year trying out. I'm happy that I was able to secure a spot in the 12-13 Male Elite Kata division....My dad and mom are my real life heroes. They both have taught me karate since I was 4 and have supported my sister and I in all of our activities....Placing 2nd in my Kata division and placing 3rd in my Kumite division at the USA NKF Nationals. It was my first time competing at the NKF Nationals and I qualified for the USA Junior Karate Team....I love watching Ryo Kiyuna from Japan perform. I also enjoy watching kumite matches with Tom Scott, Ken Nishimra and Rafael Aghayev. I also get inspiration from my sensei and dojo teammates...."You can't win unless you learn how to lose"