"The Triple Crown in very rare," Allen Chilcote said. "You have to compete against the Best of the Best, against third-, fourth- and at times, fifth-degree Black Belts. You have to win all three matches to win the Triple Crown. When you spar (fight) against someone that is 20 years younger than you, they sure make you work for it."
This was the fourth consecutive year he has taken home the Triple Crown and is the only winner of this prestigious title four straight years.
Chilcote also tested for his fourth-degree in front of nine masters and passed.
"I thought this day would never come," he said. "Internal Grandmaster In Ho Lee's motto, 'What not possible today, tomorrow is possible.'"
In the Tiny Tigers Division and Junior Division, Darrien Chilcote, who is now a Brown Belt at age 6, and Rhea Chilcote, age 7, camo belt, are Allen Chilcote's grandchildren and the brother of Allen Chilcote III. They also participated in a tournament which is called Tiny Tigers and took home two trophies each. The weapons they used were single nunchakus by Darrien and single Bong Mong ee (single stick) used by Rhea. The parents of Allen III, Darrien and Rhea are Allen Chilcote II and Candy Sellers.
Zoey Russell, age 9 and an Orange Belt and is the daughter of Dawn Russell, also took home a trophy in forms. This was her first year competing.
"She did outstanding for only being in the ATA for a few short months," Allen Chilcote said.
The group owe their hard training to their instructor, Stephen Brayton, a fifth-degree Black Belt and the owner of Brayton's Black Belt Academy.
Allen Chilcote is the son of Glen Thatcher, of What Cheer, and Mary Chilcote, of Oskaloosa.