By Lyndsey Stemm
Katie Maki got into martial arts by following in the footsteps of her big sister. Little did either of them know that Pankration, a form of mixed martial arts, would take Katie all over the world, and turn her into a world class athlete.
"As a team we ended up placing second in the world. Ukraine ended up taking the gold metal, USA the silver, and Russia the bronze," says Sixel.
For more on martial arts champions, see Navajo Taekwondo Champion and Mixed Martial Arts Champion.