Who is Sakura Kokumai?
Sakura Kokumai is a Japanese-American U.S. Olympic karate athlete who won the gold medal in the women’s individual kata event at the 2019 Pan American Games held in Lima, Peru. She is set to represent the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
The man, identified as Michael Vivona, who screamed violent threats atKokumaiearlier this month has been arrested, officials say… and law enforcement says the suspect was also involved in a violent attack on an elderly Asian-American couple over the weekend.
How old is Sakura Kokumai?
Born on 2nd October 1992, Sakura Kokumai is 28 years old as of the year 2021.
Sakura Kokumai Biography
||October 2, 1992
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
||5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)
||4th Degree Black Belt
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As we previously reported, 28-year-old Kokumai– a 7-time USA National Champion — was hanging out at a park in Orange, CA on April 1 when some guy began yelling at her for no apparent reason.
Kokumaismartly recorded the incident — capturing the man calling her a “stupid b***h” and yelling, “I’ll f**k you up.”At the end of his tirade, Kokumai says she heard the man scream out something about her being “Chinese” and “sashimi” …
Michael Vivona, a man from Corona, California man, allegedly punched an elderly Korean-American couple over the weekend. According to Orange County police, Vivona was arrested on April 18 and had admitted that he hates Asians, police announced.Vivona reportedly said he had a “hate” or “fixation” about Asians, Orange Police Department Sgt. Phil McMullin said to Times Union.
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“The couple was on one of their evenings walks as they do on a regular basis at this park when our suspect approached, unprovoked, and punched both of them in the face, causing both of them to fall to the ground,” the sergeant said. “We believe that this attack was racially motivated based on our investigation and our interview that happened afterward,” he added. “He specifically said that he had a hate towards the Asian community.”
The elderly couple pair was walking through Grijalva Park, near Prospect and Spring streets on April 18 just before 7.40 pm,
That is when Vivona approached them and punched them in the face, knocking them down.
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Vivona was wearing the same clothes he wore on April 1, when he harassed Sakura Kokumai, a highly decorated Hawaiian-born Japanese-American karate champion who is set to represent the United States in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Vivona, who has since been identified by police, yelled at her aggressively. Kokumai took out her phone to record the rant and later posted it on her Instagram page, drawing the wrath of many, particularly at a time when it appears that the number of attacks against Asian people is on the rise. The man in the video can be heard yelling the word “Chinese” and saying, “You’re a loser. Go home, you stupid (expletive). … I’ll (expletive) you up.”
“In that moment, I thought, ‘gosh, this guy is just crazy.’ But when I zoomed out I realized there were a lot of people at the park,” Kokumai wrote in the Instagram post. “Yes a women did come up and asked if I was ok towards the end as it escalated…but for the longest time no one cared. People would walk by, some even smiled. And I didn’t know what to do.” Although Kokumai did not initially file a police report, she did so later, McMullin said.
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According to police, Vivona was wearing the same clothes in both incidents and appears to be a transient living out of his car; his last known home city is Corona. According to McMullin, he was unknown to Orange police. He was being held in lieu of $65,000 bail, jail records show.
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