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During the weekend of Oct. 15-16, the Roane School of Isshin-ryu Karate in Harriman traveled to Manchester, Tenn.for the IIKA (International Isshin-ryu Karate Association) Nationals banquet and tournament. The school brought home an impressive nine medals: 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze.
“All the people who attended the tournament are established competitors,” said the school’s Chief Instructor, Tommy True. “They faced some very tough competitors from around the country and they did extremely well. In fact, in the team event we moved Kyle into the Men’s Black Belt Division and Kacy into the Ladies’ Black Belt Division. Even though these two are Brown and Blue Belts respectively, they represented themselves and our school with great success. All of these folks are truly fine examples of good Isshin-ryu practitioners, and I’m extremely proud of their effort and accomplishments.”
At the Banquet Friday evening before the tournament, Hardy was recognized among his peers as the Outstanding Young Male Karate-Ka of the Year for young men ages 13 – 15. He was selected to be among the Top 3 Finalists for the award and was chosen the winner from a group of truly deserving nominees.
Edwards and three other Black Belts from the Roane School of Isshin-ryu were chosen to be among the Top 3 for the Outstanding Contribution Award.