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Ross Martial Arts locks up state titles

Members of Ross Martial Arts Academy’s competition team captured multiple wins Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Alabama Karate Circuit State Finals martial arts tournament in Harselle.

A team of four Marengo County residents brought home 12 trophies from the forms, weapons, point sparring, kickboxing and grappling competition that has been hosted by AKC in North Alabama for more than two decades.

According to instructor and coach Jay Russell, the victories at the state finals now insure that the team of taekwondo and jiu jitsu practitioners will bring home several state championships in various age groups and experience levels.

Russell said that the announcement of state championship winners will not be official until the AKC banquet in Huntsville in November. Just prior to that event, cumulative points for placing at tournaments throughout the year will be tallied and winners will be finalized.

“We are extremely proud of our team members for all the hard work and training they put in to make these championships possible,” said Russell.

“We’re also excited that we are now winning state titles in grappling divisions as well as the stand-up striking arts.”

Ross Martial Arts owner Ronda Russell captured first place in women’s no-gi grappling, first place in women’s gi grappling, and first place in black belt forms divisions.

Daniel “War Machine” Alexander won first place in the lightweight men’s no-gi grappling, first place in lightweight men’s gi grappling and first place in 18-and-up lightweight men’s underbelt continuous fighting divisions. Tyler Bowers took first place in intermediate boys age 8 and 9 sparring, second place in traditional forms, and third place in XMA forms.

Brett Schroeder won third place in intermediate boys age 8 and 9 forms, fourth place in sparring, and fourth place in XMA forms.

Russell said the Ross Martial Arts team will be expanding their competitions in 2011 as they hope to compete in several different circuits.

“We will certainly be competing in some Mississippi Karate Association tournaments next year,” commented Russell.

“We also want to do more grappling tournaments as we have built a bigger team of competitors for those divisions.”

Ross Martial Arts and Fitness Academy, 1613 Highway 43 South in Demopolis, competed in six AKC tournaments from February through September this year.