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KARATE KIDS KICK COMPETITION: Andalusia Isshinryu students show up, show out

Andalusia Isshinryu Karate students came home with a pile of trophies from the 39th annual Isshinryu Hall of Fame Tournament at the Gatlinburg Covention Center in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

The Isshinryu Hall of Fame is host to the largest closed Isshinryu Tournament held worldwide and attracts top Isshinryu competitors from all over North America and as far away as Okinawa.

Isshinryu originated in Okinawa.

Andalusia sent 16 students to the tournament and brought home five first place finishes.

Tournament results for AIK students are as follows:

Taj Patel came home with a first place finish in black belt kata, second place in fighting and third place in weapons.

Landon Caldwell picked up a first place finish in black belt fighting, second place in kata and third place in weapons.

Jacob Jernigan earned a pair of third place finishes in brown belt weapons and fighting.

Jarod Jernigan finished second place in brown belt kata, fourth place in fighting and fourth place in weapons.

Megan Jernigan came back with a fourth place finish in yellow belt weapons.

Johnathan Rudd finished third in yellow belt fighting, weapons and kata.

Brayden Walker came home with a pair of first place finishes in yellow belt weapons and kata.

Brianna Walker picked up a second place finish in yellow belt kata.

Sarah Williams came in second place in brown belt kata and second place in fighting.

Allen Butler came back with a third place finish in black belt men (3rd-5th degree) kata.

Rexanne Butler finished in first place in black belt women (1st and 2nd degree) weapons and fourth place in kata.

Dalton Spears earned a second place finish in black belt weapons and second place in fighting.

Nathan Rooker came home with a second place finish in green belt kata, third place in fighting and fourth place in weapons.

Kinsley Bailey took fourth place in yellow belt fighting.

Ashton Bailey picked up a second place finish in green belt weapons.

Dihlan Patel fought hard in the yellow belt division, but came up just short of placing.