Special to The Ledger
Conley’s Keichu-Do Academy students performed great at the 2019 South Alabama Karate Open karate tournament held in Andalusia on June 8.
The Keichu Warriors winning began in the 15-17 year old youth black belt division with, Cotton Sherrer, winning 1st in both weapons and forms and 2nd in fighting. He also won the Grand Championship trophy in the junior black belt division for the third year.
Jace Himes, in the 14 and under youth black belt division, also competed for the Grand Championship because he placed 1st in both weapons and forms in his division.
In the adult woman black belt division, Danai Coleman won 2nd in weapons and 3rd in forms.
In the youth brown belt division ages 13 -17, Layton Smith placed 1st in both weapons and forms and 2nd in fighting, while Keith Warren placed 2nd in fighting, 2nd in weapons and 3rd in forms.
In the intermediate division ages 13-17, Lila Haddix placed 1st in forms and 3rd in fighting.
In the beginners division ages 11 and 12 year-old division, Benjamin Recznik placed 1st in weapons and forms. In that same division, Landon Smith placed 3rd in forms. Two Keichu-Do students from the Encore Fine Arts studio class in Geneva, for the first time 9-year-old division. Levi Helms placed 3rd in forms and 5-year-old. Lucy Frilot placed 1st in forms in the 6-and-under age group.
Grand Master Conley with 50 years in Keichu-Do Karate is also a music major and a Cellist. Many of his students play musical instruments. They also play football, basketball, baseball and wresting.