Formed in 2008, Team Freestyle consists of athletes ages 9 to 16.

Age 16  •  Rank Junior Black Belt III  •  Experience 12

Other Sports & Hobbies – Basketball, Screen Printing, Weight Lifting

Why I started Martial Arts – I wanted to learn self defense, and then I learned about XMA and fell in love with it.

Proudest Martial Arts Moment – Winning the 2017 U.S. Open over Team Infinity.

Current Goal – Earning my Black Belt

Age 15  •  Rank Junior Black Belt IV  •  Experience 8

Other Sports & Hobbies – Marching and Concert Band, Jazz, Aerial Cinematography

Why I started Martial Arts – My Mom thought it was a good idea to join the dojo because I had just moved from Bahrain, and I needed to know how to defend myself in this new environment.

Proudest Martial Arts Moment – When I earned my Junior Black Belt

Current Goal – As of today, my main goal is to master my Cart Full. I recently landed my first full on the floor, but now I start the journey toward mastery.

Age 14  •  Rank Junior Black Belt I  •  Experience 7

Other Sports & Hobbies – Swimming, Reading, Writing

Why I started Martial Arts – I started because my older brother did martial arts at the dojo.

Proudest Martial Arts Moment – First time performing with Team Freestyle

Current Goal – I’m working toward landing a Cartwheel Double-Full.

Age 14  •  Rank Junior Black Belt III  •  Experience 7

Other Sports & Hobbies – Video Games, YouTube, Science

Why I started Martial Arts – I started martial arts because my dad brought me to a class at the YMCA when I was 6 years old, and I continued from there.

Proudest Martial Arts Moment – When I earned my first Junior Black Belt

Current Goal – I am working toward placing in the top 3 in an individual NASKA belt division.

Age 10  •  Rank Red I  •  Experience 5

Other Sports & Hobbies – Reading and Animals

Why I started Martial Arts – When I was 5, I wanted to do karate. Once my older brother started going to the dojo, so did I.

Proudest Martial Arts Moment – My first backflip, at age 7

Current Goal – My ultimate goal is to earn a Black Belt and become a Naska World Champion. It’s not just about learning martial arts—working on this makes me want to work harder in life and be a better person to all. I really look up to the older kids in my dojo.

Age 10  •  Rank Junior Black Belt Candidate  •  Experience 5

Other Sports & Hobbies – Swimming, Reading, Writing, Drawing

Why I started Martial Arts – I attended a self-defense camp in Kindergarten, and the organizer referred me to Freestyle Martial Arts. I took my first class when I was 6, and I loved it! I’ve been doing karate ever since.

Proudest Martial Arts Moment – The first time performing with Team Freestyle

Current Goal – I’m currently working toward landing a round-off full.

Age 14  •  Rank Junior Black Belt I  •  Experience 5

Other Sports & Hobbies – Football, Track, Surfing, Video Games

Why I started Martial Arts – To help me focus more

Proudest Martial Arts Moment – Earning Junior Black Belt on First Try

Current Goal – Becoming a Black Belt, and going to Medical School

Age 12  •  Rank Junior Black Belt I •  Experience 6

Other Sports & Hobbies – Surfing, Tennis, and Reading

Why I started Martial Arts – My friend brought me to my first class. She ended up quitting, but I stayed, and I love it! 

Proudest Martial Arts Moment – Performing at the U.S. Open with Team Freestyle

Current Goal – Beating the top NASKA female competitors in my division.

Age 11  •  Rank Brown Belt I  •  Experience 6

Other Sports & Hobbies – Football, Rugby, Reading

Why I started Martial Arts – My Dad got me and my two sisters into martial arts when we were small.

Proudest Martial Arts Moment – Making it on stage as an underbelt at Compete Internationals when I was 9.

Current Goal – Winning a NASKA World Championship

Age 11  •  Rank Black Belt Candidate  •  Experience 4.5

Other Sports & Hobbies – Soccer, Reading, and Math

Why I started Martial Arts – My friend took me to a Buddy Workout at the dojo. I thought it was fun, and really liked it.

Proudest Martial Arts Moment – Winning 1st place in 3 divisions and 2nd place in 1 division at Compete Internationals when I was 10.

Current Goal – To land a Double Full.

Age 13  •  Rank Junior Black Belt II  •  Experience 8

Other Sports & Hobbies-  Trumpet, Reading

Why I started Martial Arts – I started very young, just to try it, but it immediately became a passion for me.

Proudest Martial Arts Moment-  Landing my first aerial.

Current Goal – Landing my back tuck, and getting straight A’s in school.

Age 32  •  Rank 3rd Degree Black Belt •  Experience 26

Other Sports & Hobbies – Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Reading, Creating

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 Working Towards – Winning a 3rd ISKA World Title

Team Freestyle Junior Varsity is comprised of the next generation of Team Freestyle Martial Artists. Make no mistake, this group of 9 to 14 year olds train every bit as hard as Team Freestyle, and are working hard to join the Varsity squad! All of the athletes on Team Freestyle had to work their way up through the ranks, some starting off as far back as Peewee Freestyle, where 5 to 9 year olds start to learn the basics of performing and competing.