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At the recent Isshin-ryu Hall of Fame Tournament, held in Knoxville, TN, the Roane School of Isshin-ryu Karate in Harriman, along with Palmer’s School of Isshin-ryu Karate in Crossville, captured an impressive 14 trophies from among some of the finest Isshin-ryu competitors in the country.
“These students and instructors always face some of the best competitors they see all year long at this tournament, and they did remarkably well,” said Grandmaster Tommy True. True, a ninth degree black belt and President of the International Isshin-ryu Karate Association (IIKA), is also the Chief Instructor of the Roane School of Isshin-ryu Karate in Harriman, which the Crossville School comes under.
“I’m extremely proud of how these competitors represented Isshin-ryu Karate as well as our respective schools,” True added. “I’m especially proud of Ben Gibson, Marty Robbins and Johnny Stowers from Crossville because all three of them made the Top 5 final selection for Male Competitor of the Year.”
Palmer’s School of Isshin-ryu Karate in Crossville is operated by the school’s Chief Instructor, Art Palmer. Palmer is a long-time Isshin-ryu practitioner and seventh degree black belt.