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Fierce Martial Arts competition team brings home 33 medals

Fierce Martial Arts competition team brings home 33 medals fromannual AMAA Summer tournament in Greensburg.

By Stuart Hamby - For The Courier-Times

The Fierce Martial Arts Competition Team traveled to Greensburg this past weekend to compete at the annual AMAA Summer Tournament, hosted by the AMAA/Chungdokwon.

The Fierce competitors dominated in the Breaking category with five competitors taking first place: Kayla Miller, John Mukes, Matt Adkins, Misty Tompkins and Jonathan Mukes. Coming in second place for Fierce was Rylan Miller and third place Max Groce.

In the Forms category, Fierce brought home four first place medals: Misty Tompkins, Jade Clark, Rylan Miller and Dan Smith. Coming in second for forms was Trenton Sweigart, Max Groce and Matt Adkins. Third place was Kayla Miller.

In the Weapons category, Misty Tompkins brought home first place, Max Groce finished second and Trenton Sweigart took home a third place in the Black Belt division.

Placing first in Point Sparring were Matt Adkins, Allison King, Jonathan Mukes, John Mukes, Trenton Sweigart and Misty Tompkins. Second place in point Sparring were Dan Smith, Max Groce and Rylan Miller.

In Continuous Sparring, Allison King, Dan Smith and Misty Tompkins placed first. Trenton Sweigart placed second in the category and Jonathan Mukes placed third.

Master Stuart Hamby and Coaches Jacob Hamm and Chris Suggs were all recognized by Grand Master Coblentz for their recent accomplishments and rank promotions in Taekwondo. Also recognized were Allison King, Jade Clark and Trenton Sweigart. Grand Master Coblentz presented them with their newest rank certifications from the Chungdokwon and instructors plaques and certification.

Coach Jacob Hamm was recognized for his perseverance in taekwondo and pushing through his recent first degree Black Belt test despite an ongoing medical condition. Matt Adkins also has overcome tremendous hurdles. Being legally blind did not stop him from training and eventually being invited to the competition team. Adkins performed great at his first tournament this weekend finishing with two first place awards in Breaking and Point Sparring and placed second in Forms. Adkins was not placed in any separate divisions; he went out with others his rank and came out on top.

Allison King, Trenton Sweigart and Coach Jacob Hamm also got to judge during the tournament for the first time since earning their first degree Black Belts. Earning a Black Belt in the association means getting the opportunity to be a judge at events and they are all looking forward to helping out in future tournaments.

“I am so proud of the team for showing up and putting on such a amazing display of their hard work and talent. Everyone just keeps getting better and better. I look forward to all these students winning more trophies and medals in the near future,” said Master Stuart Hamby.

Overall Fierce Martial Arts came home with 19 first place medals dominating the tournament. Coach Misty Tompkins was the top competitor of the day placing first in every category she competed in – feat only accomplished by three other competitors ever in a AMAA tournament.

The FMA team will compete again Sept. 28 at the Tri State Championships in Lawrenceburg.