BRINGING HOME THE CROWN: Kila Owens racks up big tournament wins

Published 12:05 am Saturday, March 2, 2019

Andalusia Isshinryu Karate’s Kila Owens came up with top honors recently in karate tournaments in Tennessee and Georgia.

“She is really good,” Andalusia Isshinryu Karate owner and instructor Mark Rudd said. “She is really intense and practices really hard to prepare for competitions. I mean the results speak for themselves.”

At the IKC Challenge Martial Arts Championships ins Columbus, Ga., Owens came home with several top finishes.

She finished in first place in the women’s black belt weapons, kata and sparring.

Owens was also earned the honors of Grand Champion in adult weapons, kata and sparring.

“Winning a Grand Championship is a huge accomplishment,” Rudd said. “She has won several of them throughout the years.”

This past weekend, Owens competed in the Crossroads Games in Knoxville, Tenn.

Once again, Owens was on top of her game throughout the tournament.

Owens picked up first place finishes in women’s black belt weapons, kata and fighting.

She also won the women’s fighting Grand Championship.

“You have to work really hard to get to the level that she is at,” Rudd said. “In these competitions, everyone is going to be good. Physical skill will only get you so far and at some point you are going to have to outwork your opponent. That goes for any sport and Kila puts in the time needed to win.”

Owens is a 2018 graduate of Straughn and she will attend Bryan College in the fall on a martial arts scholarship.