March 12, 2003 — Six Frederiksted students competed against 300 other martial artists in the 22nd World Martial Arts Hall of Fame World Belt Championship in Akron, Ohio on March 7 to 9.
All six students, from the Art-Den-Jitsu-Ryu System in Frederiksted, were inducted into the Junior World Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Also inducted was attorney Ezart Winter.
The students came home with a number of awards and titles. Akeem Knight, a junior first degree Black Belt, won outstanding junior male competitor in the categories of weapons kata (form with weapons) and fighting (kumite). Junior Brown Belt Oman Williams was awarded Grand Champion in his division, and Atiba Dennery, also a junior Brown Belt was awarded outstanding competitor in kata and weapons kata. Junior Brown Belt Troy Williams placed third in kata for his division. Also participating in the three-day tournament were junior Brown Belt Dennis Lynch and Evol Lynch, who could not participate in the championships due to her studies.
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