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Elkview martial artists compete in Ireland, bring home gold

By Clint Thomas, Metro Reporter
Dueling Dragon Martial Arts members and instructors who competed in the 21st Irish Cup in Dublin, Ireland, on June 17 were, from left, Shelby Fernatt, Nancy Miller, Kevin Miller, Bill Huffman and Tommy Huffman. Courtesy photo

A team of three students and two senseis (instructors) from the Elkview-based Dueling Dragon Martial Arts academy traveled to compete in the 21st Irish Cup in Dublin, Ireland, on June 17.

Dueling Dragon Martial Arts was part of the American Karate Jujitsu Union All-American Team under Soke Don Madden. The AKJU sent 18 competitors to the Irish Cup and brought 48 medals and one grand championship trophy back to the United States.

The three students and two senseis “came home with 16 of those medals, and all came back with a special patch and designation as being ‘All Irish,’ which means they took first place in their division,” said Kevin Miller, sensei and co-owner of Dueling Dragon.

Shelby Fernatt, 15, an Ich Kyu Brown Belt, competed in the advanced category and won three gold medals in kata, weapons and synchronized weapon kata with Bill Huffman and was awarded a bronze medal in kumite. A green belt, Huffman, 43, competed in the novice adult category and received three gold medals in kata, weapons and synchronized weapon kata; a silver medal in the men’s team fighting and a bronze medal in kumite. Tommy Huffman, 77, in weapons with his katana in the novice division and won a gold medal.

Miller and his wife, Nancy Miller, competed in synchronized weapons katas with their katanas and won gold medals. Kevin Miller also won a silver medal in weapons in the advanced category. Nancy Miller won a gold medal in weapons, a silver medal in open-hand kata and a silver medal in kumite in the advanced category.

The Millers commended their students for their hard work and dedication.

Dueling Dragon Martial Arts teaches karate to all ages on Mondays and Thursdays, as well as Iaido -- “The Art of the Sword” -- on Tuesdays.

For more information about classes, contact the academy at 304-741-4787.


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