The 2013 Junior Olympics were held in Detroit Michigan earlier this month, August 2nd. In the 13-year old advanced and heavy male karate division, Martinez won first place and a gold medal against competitor from around the world.
Martinez has been training for six years now, since he was 7 years old, at the Okomoto school of Karate in Anchorage.
Martinez says he has always been interested in the martial arts as a child watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He was motivated to learn karate after watching a karate demonstration in Anchorage.
Martinez also won three World titles at the US World Open Martial Arts Championships in July.