Ariel Torres has been a nearly unstoppable force in the traditional forms division on the open sport karate circuit for several years and currently represents Team Revolution. His combination of technical skill, power, and showmanship has enabled him to extend his success to highly competitive World Karate Federation events, including a defeat of the great Antonio Diaz to become the 2019 Pan American Champion.

His continued training under the widely-respected Sensei Robert Young of Kenseikan Dojo in Miami helped Torres carry his momentum to a win at the Paris qualifier in June of this year. His status on Team USA resulted in a spot in the iconic Got Milk? promotional campaign and an appearance on Good Morning America. The countless hours of training and promotion for the Tokyo Olympics all came to fruition on Friday.

On August 6th, Ariel Torres became the first American to win an olympic medal in karate. He once again faced Venezuelan legend Antonio Diaz in the bronze medal match and was able to claim victory by just under four tenths of a point. Not only is this a major accomplishment for Torres, but it is something the entire sport karate community can be proud of. His medal is the first olympic hardware won by a sport karate competitor since 1988, when two-time Diamond Nationals champion Arlene Limas won a gold medal in Taekwondo.

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Okinawa, the birth-place of karate, can now boast of producing the first ever Olympic gold medalist in men's kata competition. Three-time world champion and Okinawan native Ryo Kiyuna brought Japan its first karate gold as he claimed the title in dominating fashion outscoring Spain's Damian Quintero in the finals by more than a point with a score of 28.72. The United States' Ariel Torres claimed America's first karate medal when he captured the bronze, as did Turkey's Ali Sofuoglu.

In the kumite events, Jovana Prekovic of Serbia beat China's Yin Xiaoyan to claim gold in the women's 61 kg class while Italy's Luigi Busa won gold in the men's 75 kg category over Azerbaijan's Rafael Aghayev.

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Join Ariel Torres Jr. in his LIVE training seminar! Ariel is a member of the member of the USA National Karate Team and was the Pan American Games 2019 mens Kata world champion. Ariel represents his own Kenseikan Dojo as well where he currently trains out of.

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Social media personality Jake Paul, who first found fame on YouTube, is set for a boxing match with former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. As reported by The Athletic and confirmed by ESPN's Ariel Helwani, both combatants have signed the deal and agreed to box at 190 pounds on August 28th.

Paul has already knocked out one UFC fighter, sending Ben Askren to the canvas in under two minutes on April 17th. The bout with Woodley comes as a result of some trash talk that occurred in the locker room between Woodley and Paul's team as The Problem Child was warming up for the Askren match.

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