Karate students win awards at winter banquet

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 12, 2010

Students of Andalusia Isshinryu Karate finished in the top 10 in a self-defense competition at the USYKA Winter Workout and Banquet, held on Feb. 6 at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.

There, they met with instructors and students from about 10 other karate schools from a four-state area.

The students worked out, competed in self-defense competition and attended a banquet to recognize top competitors from last year’s competition year.

Andalusia students started the day with a beach workout and attended mini-clinics by various instructors.

Then, the function moved inside to the convention center, where a showmanship and self-defense competition was held.

Andalusia competitors competed in self-defense competition based on belt level and age. Students placed as follows:

Alex Myrick — first place, green belt

John Allen Wise — second place, green belt

Rex Butler — second place, brown belt

Abram Guilford — third place, white/yellow belt

Colin Marcum — third place, green belt

Rexanne Butler — fourth place, brown belt

Allen Butler — fourth place, black belt

Curtis Butts — fourth place, black belt

Conner Dayton — fourth place black belt

Allen Butler — first place in showmanship competition.

At the awards banquet, Andalusia students finished with the following ranking for the 2009 competition year:

Junior Yellow

belt division

Reese Burkhardt — first place

Colin Marcum — second place

Thomas Duffy — sixth place

Adult Green belt division:

Rusty Mears — fourth place

Kimberlynn Mears— seventh place

Junior Green belt division:

John Allen Wise — first place

Kassidy Mears — second place

Marie Josey — fifth place

Camille Holley — sixth place

Ella Nichols — seventh place

Zachary Majors — tenth place

Adult Brown

belt division

Rex Butler — fourth place

Youth Brown belt division

Hogan Nichols — first place

Rexanne Butler — fourth place

Justin Majors — eighth place

Junior Black belt division

Allen Butler — second place

Men’s Black belt division:

Phillip Martin — third place

Thomas Rudd — tenth place

Hogan Nichols also received the “200 Club” awards for achieving more than 200 points in the 2009.

Instruction in Okinawan Isshinryu Karate is available at the USA Gym and Fitness center.

Classes are taught by Mark Rudd.