About Kotora

はじめまして。I’m an eleven-year-old kid who started training Shorin-ryu karate at the age of five.  My best friend in kindergarten invited me to his birthday party at a local dojo and I begged my parents to let me train.  I was so lucky that the dojo was run by Sensei Jeff Clark, a 5th degree black belt in karate, a 1st degree black belt in BJJ and a professional fighter with a crushing left hook.  He taught me karate, BJJ, Muay Thai, boxing and grappling.  Sensei encouraged me to wrestle by introducing me to some great wrestlers who coached me.

I’m now in my third year of wrestling with Coach Ruben at No Mercy and it’s by far my favorite sport.  I’ve been lucky to work with some of the best coaches in SoCal and it’s paying off.  In the off-season my sister and I train Judo at the excellent San Shi Dojo.  I’ve also done some boxing with the great coaches at LA Boxing.  In the summer we go to visit my family in Japan and we study Gojo-Ryu with Kawasumi-sensei when we’re there.

I’m a black belt in karate and hold an orange belt in Judo. I’ve competed in a bunch of karate, judo, wrestling, and pankration tournaments.  I want to keep training, because I love to fight!

~Kai aka 海


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