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2 from Trussville compete in national karate trials

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — Two athletes from Japan International Karate Academy in Trussville competed in the annual National Team Trials hosted by the USA National Karate Federation in Reno, Nev., last week.

Japan International Karate Academy chief instructor Michele Perkins and Anna Elizabeth Swatzell made up Trussville’s national competition team, which brought home four medals.

Anna Elizabeth Swatzell and Michele Perkins
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Swatzell won a gold medal in the 13-year-old female short weapons division.

Perkins won silver medals in short weapons and traditional Japanese sword – laido. Perkins also won a bronze medal in  the ages 18-34 kata division.

More than 1,000 competitors from all over the United States participated in the event.

“We are very proud to have represented Trussville, Ala., in such a positive way,” Perkins said in an email.

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