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Sakura started karate at the age of 7 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She made the Junior National Team when she was 14 and have been representing the country ever since. When she was younger she loved being around people in the dojo and loved traveling to international events.  As Sakura got older, she started to set bigger goals and fell in love with the sport all over again. To pursue her Olympic dream, she moved to California to stay with a host family, so she could be a full time athlete. She became the first American to qualify for the Olympics and also the only female athlete to  represent Karate from the US at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 


  • Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics Team USA Karate Athlete (5th place)

  • Only Female to have competed at the Olympics from the US in Karate. 

  • Member of USA Karate National Team since 2007

  • World Bronze Medalist

  • 2019 Pan American Games Gold Medalist

  • 10 x Senior Pan American Champion

  • 13 x USA National Champion (Senior)

  • Karate Kid Musical, Karate Consultant

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