Team: Straight Up

Date of Birth: May 3, 2000

Style: Taekwondo

Specialty: Forms, Weapons, and Point Fighting

Hometown: Piscataway, NJ

Location: Durham, NC

Experience: 15 years

Leagues: NASKA, ISKA, ATU, WTF, ATA

Isabella Caracta is a third degree black belt in Taekwondo. She began competing at the age of six in the American Taekwondo Association, where she earned 13 world champion titles in forms, weapons, and fighting. She then transitioned to Olympic-style Taekwondo, defending the New Jersey State Champion title for two consecutive years and claiming the 2016 American Taekwondo Union National Championship.

Caracta's first North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) world tour event was the 2011 Amerikick Internationals where she took two first places, a rare feat for a first-time NASKA competitor. Since then, she has won 28 world titles while representing G-Force Weapons and Team Straight Up. Known to be a triple threat, Caracta takes pride in her ability to excel in forms, weapons, and fighting. One of her favorite divisions is team fighting because it turns what can be a very individual sport into a team effort and strategic competition.

Caracta also teaches private lessons and seminars, is a sponsored Hyper Athlete, and co-hosts the popular Point Fighter Live show on Facebook with Alex Reyes. In 2017, she starred in two episodes of Man at Arms: Art of War on El Rey Network with Danny Trejo. The episodes continue to air on cable television today. She is now a student at Duke University where she studies psychology, global health, and journalism while maintaining an impressive 3.91 GPA. She is also Editor-in-Chief of Duke's undergraduate law magazine, community out-reach chair for the Duke Anti-Racism Book Club, and an admissions ambassador for the university.

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