Five local Martial Arts students and an instructor made the WKC World Karate & Kickboxing Council Team USA.
The six of them went to a Regional qualifier tryouts in Toledo earlier this year and won 16 Gold Medals. They competed in various events such as Continuous Sparring, Point Sparring, and Open Hand forms.
By placing in the top four position at this event the group qualified for the National Championships which was held in Dearborn in late June. Once again all were successful and placed in the top four position in the Nationals, which now placed them on TEAM USA.
The World Championships were held just outside of Montreal, Canada the first week of October.
“My students and I won nine medals between us all ( two Gold Medals, two Silver Medals, and five Bronze Medals),” said Harris A. Edwards. Jr, a 9th Degree Black Belt and owner of Go-Ti School of Combative Arts in Grand Ledge.
Harris A. Edwards, Jr. PDQuick 9th Degree Black Belt Grand Master and Instructor, won two World Championships in Continuous Sparring in two different age groups and a Silver Medal in Point Sparring.
“Undefeated in all matches, because of an injury I bowed out of the point match and took silver so that I would better my chances at bringing home two Gold Medals in Continuous Sparring and reducing further injury,” he said.
“My oldest son Harris A. Edwards, III S.W.I.F.T. won a Silver Medal in Continuous Sparring and a Bronze Medal in Point Sparring. An injury in his point match caused him to bow out of the Gold medal match and take home the Silver Medal in Continuous Sparring. A very wise decision on my son’s behalf because had he four for Gold he may have hurt his Track Scholarship that he had earned.”
His youngest son Austin Edwards CRUSH won a Bronze in Continuous Sparring.
Layne Toth Insane Lanye won a Bronze in both Continuous Sparring and Point Sparring.
Peri Toth Scary Peri won a Bronze in Continuous Sparring
Mia Tran War Princes fought very well but lost a close match.
“This is the fourth year for this competition and we have been apart of it for three straight years in some competitive capacity. To make this TEAM is no easy task and to be considered one of the best in the World carries great honor. These kids that train under me are just awesome and very committed,” Edwards said.