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5 Isshinryu students earn top awards in Ky.

Five members of Andalusia Isshinryu Karate competed in the 44th annual AKA Grand Nationals Tournament June 12-13 held at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky.

The following Andalusia Isshinryu students placed in the following divisions at the two-day event:

Dr. Rex Butler in advanced belt divisions: first place – musical weapons; first place – creative kata; second place – musical forms; second place – fighting; third place – traditional weapons; and third place – traditional kata.

Ella Kate Nichols in intermediate belt divisions: first place – fighting; third place – creative forms; fourth place – creative weapons, traditional weapons; and fifth place – traditional forms.

Rexanne Butler in advanced belt divisions: second place – extreme forms, extreme weapons, creative kata and fighting; third place – musical forms and musical weapons; and fifth place — traditional forms.

Hogan Nichols in advanced belt divisions: second place – musical weapons; fourth place – traditional forms and creative forms; and fifth place – creative weapons, traditional weapons and fighting.

Allen Butler in black belt divisions: fourth place – fighting; seventh place – traditional kata; and eighth place – musical forms, traditional weapons and creative kata.