Antioch’s top fighter, Katrina Nahe, shoots for 2016 Olympics

Katrina Nahe

Seventeen-year-old Katrina Nahe posing with her wide collection of championship belts she started earning in 2007.

By Luke Johnson

Katrina Nahe is no ordinary senior walking the halls of Deer Valley High School. The 17-year-old has a kickboxing resume containing five world titles along with three international titles.

She began training in martial arts at the age of five in Grandmaster Dennis Guila’s garage in Antioch, who is a ninth degree black belt in Kajukenbo. She then started competing in tournaments at seven years old, and won her first championship via TKO when she was nine at the International Kickboxing Federation World Classic in Florida.

I felt very motivated after winning my first title,” Nahe said. “I wanted to keep fighting and win more titles.”

On top of being an accomplished fighter, Nahe is also the captain of the Deer Valley girls’ tennis team, and participateed in the Bay Valley Athletic League Tournament, a two-day event, last Oct. 30th and 31st.

For the past couple years she has been training with University of San Francisco boxing coach Angelo Merino, and wants to transition into that form of combat so she can contend in the Olympics. She won a bronze medal in the 2013 Junior Olympics, and has also been offered a full-ride scholarship to Michigan State University for boxing.

I plan to take [my boxing career] to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and win gold, and be on a cereal box, and make my own clothing designs,” Nahe said.

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