“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” 

-          Theodore Roosevelt 

The Man in the Arena is an excerpt from his speech "Citizenship In A Republic" April 23, 1910 at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France.  

                    

The USA National Karate-do Federation has a rich history in international competition. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our TeamUSA athletes. We can be inspired from the work these individuals put in to bring success for themselves and our great nation. Congratulations to our medal winners.

 


Below we list the medal winners from the Pan American Karate Federation Championships*, the Pan American Games, World Games and the World Karate Federation World Championships, and coming in 2020 the Olympics:

*Unfortunately we only have PKF results from 2012 and later.  We are working to get the results from 1981-2011

Year

Event

Athlete

Medal

Division

2017 PKF Championship Sakura Kokumai Gold Kata
2017 PKF Championship Ashley Davis Gold -68kg Kumite
2017 PKF Championship Sabahudin Tricic Gold Para-Karate Visually Impaired/Blind
2017 PKF Championship Ryan Rogers Silver Para-Karate Intellectually Impaired
2017 PKF Championship Brian Irr Bronze +84kg Kumite
2017 PKF Championship Kamran Madani Bronze -84kg Kumite
2017 PKF Championship Tom Scott Bronze -75kg Kumite
2017 PKF Championship Eimi Kurita Bronze -68kg Kumite
2017 PKF Championship Shannon Nishi-Patton Bronze -50kg Kumite
2017 PKF Championship

Shannon Nishi-Patton, Maya Wasowicz, Ashley Davis, Brandi Robinson

Bronze Female Team Kumite
2017 PKF Championship Kevin Kucbor Bronze Para-Karate Intellectually Impaired

2016

World Championship

Cheryl Murphy, Maya Wasowicz, Brandi Robinson, Ashley Davis

Bronze

Female Team Kumite

2016

PKF Championships

Sakura Kokumai

Gold

Kata

2016

PKF Championships

Joseph Martinez

Bronze

Kata

2016

PKF Championships

Tom Scott

Bronze

-75kg Kumite

2016

PKF Championships

Brandi Robinson

Bronze

-55kg Kumite

2016

PKF Championships

United States

Bronze

Female Team Kumite

2015

Pan American Games

Tom Scott

Gold

-75kg Kumite

2015

Pan American Games

Brian Irr

Bronze

+84kg Kumite

2015

Pan American Games

Brandis Miyazaki

Bronze

-60kg Kumite

2015

PKF Championships

Sakura Kokumai

Gold

Kata

2015

PKF Championships

Tom Scott

Gold

-75kg Kumite

2015

PKF Championships

Brandon Malone

Silver

-60kg Kumite

2015

PKF Championships

Maxine Lisot

Bronze

-55kg Kumite

2014

PKF Championships

Tom Scott

Gold

-75kg Kumite

2014

PKF Championships

Brandi Robinson

Gold

-55kg Kumite

2014

PKF Championships

Sakura Kokumai

Silver

Kata

2014

PKF Championships

Tom Scott

Bronze

Open Kumite

2014

PKF Championships

Cheryl Murphy

Bronze

Open Kumite

2014

PKF Championships

United States

Bronze

Female Team Kata

2014

PKF Championships

United States

Bronze

Female Team Kumite

2013

World Games

Cheryl Murphy

Bronze

-68kg Kumite

2013

PKF Championships

Sakura Kokumai

Gold

Kata

2013

PKF Championships

Cheryl Murphy

Gold

-68kg Kumite

2013

PKF Championships

Tom Scott

Silver

-75kg Kumite

2013

PKF Championships

Eimi Kurita

Silver

-68kg Kumite

2013

PKF Championships

Cheryl Murphy

Silver

Open Kumite

2013

PKF Championships

Gakuji Tozaki

Bronze

Kata

2012

World Championship

Sakura Kokumai

Bronze

Kata

2012

World Championship

Brian Ramrup

Bronze

-67kg Kumite

2012

PKF Championships

Sakura Kokumai

Gold

Kata

2012

PKF Championships

Brandis Miyazaki

Gold

-60kg Kumite

2012

PKF Championships

Tom Scott

Gold

-75kg Kumite

2012

PKF Championships

Cheryl Murphy

Gold

-68kg Kumite

2012

PKF Championships

Minako Yamazaki

Silver

Kata

2012

PKF Championships

Brian Ramrup

Silver

-67kg Kumite

2012

PKF Championships

Shannon Nishi Patton

Bronze

-55kg Kumite

2012

PKF Championships

Eimi Kurita

Bronze

-61kg Kumite

2011

Pan American Games

Shannon Nishi Patton

Gold

-55kg Kumite

2011

Pan American Games

Tom Scott

Silver

-75kg Kumite

2010

World Championship

Tyler Wolfe

Bronze

-50kg Kumite

2010

World Championship

Shannon Nishi Patton

Bronze

-55kg Kumite

2010

World Championship

Elisa Au, Cheryl Murphy, Eimi Kurita, Ashley Hill

Bronze

Female Team Kumite

2008

World Championship

George Kotaka

Gold

-65kg Kumite

2008

World Championship

Elisa Au Fonseca

Silver

+60kg Kumite

2006

World Championship

Eimi Kurita

Silver

Kata

2004

World Championship

Elisa Au Fonseca

Gold

+60kg Kumite

2004

World Championship

Elisa Au Fonseca

Gold

Open Kumite

2004

World Championship

John Fonseca

Bronze

-80Kg Kumite

2004

World Championship

Shannon Nishi Patton

Bronze

-53kg Kumite

2003

Pan American Games

John Fonseca

Gold

-80kg Kumite

2003

Pan American Games

Clay Morton

Silver

Kata

2003

Pan American Games

Junko Arai

Silver

Kata

2003

Pan American Games

Cheryl Murphy

Bronze

+58kg Kumite

2002

World Championship

George Kotaka

Gold

-65kg Kumite

2002

World Championship

Elisa Au Fonseca

Gold

+60kg Kumite

2000

World Championship

George Kotaka

Silver

-65kg Kumite

1999

Pan American Games

Akira Fukuda

Gold

Kata

1999

Pan American Games

Kellie Kennedy

Gold

Kata

1999

Pan American Games

George Kotaka

Gold

-65kg Kumite

1999

Pan American Games

John Fonseca

Gold

-80kg Kumite

1999

Pan American Games

Doug Selchan

Gold

+80kg Kumite

1999

Pan American Games

Dov Sternberg

Silver

-60kg Kumite

1999

Pan American Games

Christina Muccini  Finegan

Bronze

-53kg Kumite

1999

Pan American Games

Barbara Chinen

Bronze

-60kg Kumite

1999

Pan American Games

Kimberley Morgan

Bronze

+60kg Kumite

1998

World Championship

United States

Silver

Female Team Kata

1996

World Championship

Melanie Genung

Silver

Kata

1996

World Championship

United States

Silver

Female Team Kata

1996

World Championship

John Fonseca

Bronze

Open Kumite

1995

Pan American Games

Melanie Genung

Gold

Kata

1995

Pan American Games

Tracey Day

Silver

+52kg Kumite

1995

Pan American Games

Tredie Allas

Bronze

Kata

1995

Pan American Games

Dustin Baldis

Bronze

-72kg Kumite

1995

Pan American Games

Tommy Hood

Bronze

-80kg Kumite

1995

Pan American Games

United States

Bronze

Male Team Kumite

1995

Pan American Games

United States

Bronze

Female Team Kumite

1992

World Championship

Melanie Genung

Silver

Kata

1992

World Championship

United States

Silver

Female Team Kata

1990

World Championship

DebbieTang

Bronze

Kata

1990

World Championship

United States

Silver

Female Team Kata

1988

World Championship

Kathy Jones

Bronze

Kata

1988

World Championship

Gina Haltemann

Bronze

-60kg Kumite

1988

World Championship

United States

Silver

Female Team Kata

1986

World Championship

United States

Bronze

Female Team Kata

1984

World Championship

Kim Friedl

Bronze

-53kg Kumite

1982

World Championship

Domingo Llanos

Silver

Kata

1980

World Championship

Tokey Hill

Gold

-80kg Kumite

1980

World Championship

Billy Blanks

Bronze

+80kg Kumite

1980

World Championship

Billy Blanks

Silver

Open Kumite

1977

World Championship

Gary Tsutsui

Bronze

Kata

1970

World Championship

Tony Tullener

Bronze

Shubo Ippon



 Below is the history of TeamUSA ranked against the countries of the WKF at each World Championship and PKF Championship* by medal count.  This ranking is for all medals in the competition, over the years certain divisions were not included in the official ranking.

*Unfortunately we only have PKF results from 2012 and later.  We are working to get the results from 1981-2011

Year

Location

Event

Rank

Gold

Silver

Bronze

1970

Tokyo, Japan

1st World Karate Championship

3

0

0

1

1972

Paris, France

2nd World Karate Championship

no rank

0

0

0

1975

Long Beach,  United States

3rd World Karate Championship

no rank

0

0

0

1977

Tokyo, Japan

4th World Karate Championship

4

0

0

1

1980

Madrid, Spain

5th World Karate Championship

4

1

1

1

1982

Taipei, Taiwan

6th World Karate Championship

10

0

1

0

1984

Maastricht, Netherlands

7th World Karate Championship

14

0

0

1

1986

Sydney, Australia

8th World Karate Championship

13

0

0

1

1988

Cairo, Egypt

9th World Karate Championship

8

0

1

2

1990

Mexico City, Mexico

10th World Karate Championship

9

0

1

1

1992

Granada, Spain

11th World Karate Championship

7

0

2

0

1994

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

12th World Karate Championship

no rank

0

0

0

1996

Sun City, South Africa

13th World Karate Championship

9

0

2

1

1998

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

14th World Karate Championship

12

0

1

0

2000

Munich, Germany

15th World Karate Championship

12

0

0

1

2002

Madrid, Spain

16th World Karate Championship

4

2

0

0

2004

Monterrey, Mexico

17th World Karate Championship

3

2

0

2

2006

Tampere, Finland

18th World Karate Championship

22

0

0

1

2008

Tokyo, Japan

19th World Karate Championship

8

1

1

0

2010

Belgrade, Serbia

20th World Karate Championship

16

0

0

3

2012

Paris, France

21st World Karate Championship

13

0

0

2

2012

Nicaruaga

XXVI PKF Championships

1

4

2

2

2013

Argentina

XVII PKF Championships

1

2

3

1

2014

Bremen, Germany

22nd World Karate Championship

no rank

0

0

0

2014

Lima, Peru

XXVII PKF Championships

3

2

1

0

2015

Toronto, Canada

XXIX PKF Championships

4

2

1

1

2016

Linz, Austria

23rd World Karate Championship

19

0

0

1

2016

Rio de Janero, Brazil

XXX PKF Championships

7

1

0

4

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