AIK students bring home several top finishes

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 3, 2017

It was another strong showing for three Andalusia Isshinryu Karate students recently at the IIKA Youth Games in Crossville, Tenn.

Taj Patel had a big day with three first place finishes. Taj was first in black belt weapons, kata and fighting, and also won the 11-13-year-old Grand Championship.

Kila Owens’s trend of success continued with a first place finish in black belt kata. Owens finished second in weapons and fighting, and won the 14-17-year-old Grand Championship.

Owens, a senior at Straughn High School, recently signed a four-year scholarship to Bryant College Martial Arts Academy in Tennessee.

Dhilan Patel also brought home a trophy with a fourth place finish in yellow belt fighting.

These children are all students of Mark Rudd’s at Andalusia Isshinryu Karate located beside USA Gym.