December 3, 2013

Six Osky residents claim world martial arts titles


The American Taekwondo Association announced the 2013 World Championship names last month.
Six Oskaloosa residents participated in the ATA Martial Arts World Championship in Little Rock, Ark. Three of them qualified in the Top 10 World Championship.
Every year, the ATA has competition against the Top 10, best of the best. In order to qualify, competitors have to compete against others in their category throughout the state, and for some, throughout the country to build enough points to be in the Top 10 at the end of the year.
Twenty countries competed against the Best of the Best, such as Peru, Paraguay, Chile, Spain, Germany, Canada and many more.
Allen Thatcher-Chilcote, a fourth-degree Black Belt and chief instructor for the Brayton's Black Belt Academy in Oskaloosa; son, Matthew Chilcote, a third-degree Black Belt; and grandson, Allen Chilcote III, a second-degree Black Belt, all made it to the Top 10. Chilcote III was a first-degree Black Belt during the time. He was recently made second-degree Black Belt recommended. The elder Chilcote is 60, Matthew is 30 and Allen III is 9-years-old.
All three competed in the Traditional forms, weapons and sparring. This was the elder Chilcote's fourth year competing in the Top 10 and won all three first-place gold medallions, taking the World Championship title, the Triple Crown title and Iowa State Champion.
Matthew, who is in his first year of competition, took his first World Championship, Triple Crown title and the Iowa State Champion for the fourth straight year. Chilcote III took the World Champion in weapons for the second consecutive year, second place in forms and in sparring. This was his second year competing.
The weapons they used were the nunchakus. The elder Chilcote competed with double nunchakus as well as the latter two competed in the single nunchakus.

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