Meet Team Freestyle

Team Freestyle is made up of a hand-picked group of students who train at USA Freestyle Martial Arts in San Diego, California. Find out more about the team below.

Taylor Clark

About Taylor… Current Rank: Junior Blackbelt 1 Age: 15 Years of Martial Arts Experience: 9 Why I started Martial Arts: “I started martial arts because my mom said I was really weak and shy. I would cry all the time and wouldn’t talk to anyone! I’ve grown through my martial arts and am able to […]

Casey Hall-Landers

About Casey… Current Rank: Junior Blackbelt 1 Age: 14 Years of Martial Arts Experience: 7 Why I started Martial Arts: “I started karate because my brother had previously done karate. When I did a Martial Arts camp at the YMCA taught by USA Freestyle Martial Arts I knew that that is what I wanted to […]

Leslie Hernandez

About Leslie… Current Rank: Junior Blackbelt Age: 14 Years of Martial Arts Experience: 11 Why I started Martial Arts: “Initially it was different, and I was all about standing out. The fact that Sensei said it would be challenging excited me even more about it. I wanted the opportunity because I knew that it would […]

Maddi Kitts

About Maddi… Current Rank: Junior Blackbelt 1 Age: 12 Years of Martial Arts Experience: 4 Why I started Martial Arts: “I started martial arts because I watched one of my brother’s classes and it looked like a lot of fun. It gets more challenging as I advance, but to me that makes it even more enjoyable.” Proudest […]

Maxx Pastore

About Maxx… Current Rank: Junior Blackbelt Age: 13 Years of Martial Arts Experience: 8 Why I started Martial Arts: “I started karate because I thought it would be fun and my parents thought it would be beneficial.” Proudest Martial Arts Moment: “My proudest martial arts moment is when I was at the US Open and […]

Kimo Rayne

About Kimo… Current Rank: Junior Blackbelt 2 Age: 16 Years of Martial Arts Experience: 8 Why I started Martial Arts: “I first became interested in martial arts after seeing many television shows, such as early forms of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When I was 8 years of age I enrolled in a YMCA camp during […]

Jonathan Toney

About Jonathan… Current Rank: Red I Age: 13 Years of Martial Arts Experience: 3 Why I started Martial Arts: “I have always had a passion and interest in learning the art of this sport, being inspired by watching Martial arts films at a young age.” Proudest Martial Arts Moment: “Competing in the 2014 U.S. Open” […]

Kaelyn Whaley

About Kaelyn… Current Rank: Junior Blackbelt Age: 12 Years of Martial Arts Experience: 8 Why I started Martial Arts: “I started martial arts when I was 4-years-old.  My parents brought me to my first class hoping martial arts would help me with shyness.  I fell in love with martial arts immediately.  Team Freestyle has played […]

Sensei Will Jackson

About Sensei Jackson… Current Rank: Third Degree Blackbelt Age: 30 Years of Martial Arts Experience: 24 Why I started Martial Arts: “Martial Arts runs in my family, and I was inspired by the Ninja Turtles.” Proudest Martial Arts Moment: “Leading Team Freestyle to a national title in 2014.” Goal I am Currently Working Towards: “Winning […]

Team Freestyle Junior Varsity & Peewee Freestyle

Team Freestyle consists of the best of the best performers from USA Freestyle Martial Arts. they compete internationally and perform on Martial Art’s largest stages. One of the keys to Team Freestyle’s success is a deep bench. An important part of that bench are the younger athletes working their way up to the Varsity. Team […]