Forms and Weapons

Team Paul Mitchell is the longest-running sponsored team in sport karate with over 33 years of excellence. Following an outstanding performance at the U.S. Open last weekend, they have added a new name to their storied history by picking up Haley Glass. Glass, who trains at Florida Sport Martial Arts Academy under William Canonizado, had a dominant career as a junior before moving into the adult division this season. In her adult debut at the Battle of Atlanta, Glass won both the women's forms and weapons overall grand championships in an impressive introduction to the women's division. Then, at the U.S. Open, Glass secured both women's ISKA titles for forms and weapons. Team Paul Mitchell is proud to have a winner and consummate professional like Glass, who joins Sammy Smith to give the team the strongest women's forms roster in the sport.

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There's a famous quote from Benjamin Franklin that says, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." This is true for everything within our lives. With the upcoming ISKA U.S. Open being held on July 2nd and 3rd (and after not competing for well over a year) I needed to make sure I left ample time to do just that, PLAN. MY. GAME. I knew that this year's perspective going into training would be different; it wasn't just about a tournament and competing. It was about mental fortitude, perseverance, out working everything I've done in the past, learning to become a better overall athlete, and within that would be personal triumph regardless of the actual outcome.

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The North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) made its official return to in-person competition at the Battle of Atlanta. Following the ProMAC Championships on Thursday, the next two days of action revealed which of NASKA's mainstay competitors would remain on top, as well as which new contenders are ready to make a name for themselves on America's most prestigious sport karate circuit.

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On Tuesday USA Karate officially confirmed the first athlete to have made their team for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics selecting Sakura Kokumai to compete in the women's kata event. Kokumai is one of the first 40 athletes the World Karate Federation announced has qualified for the games, with another 40 slots still open.

The 28-year-old Kokumai is originally from Hawaii where she began training in karate at age 7. She's a seven-time U.S. national champion in kata and a gold medalist at the 2019 Pan American Championships. Her best finish at the World Championships was a bronze medal in 2012.

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