Aurora Martial Arts Team Great At State
By Katlyn Reece
(Aurora, Ind.) – A local martial arts team brought home more than 30 trophies from a recent competition.
The KCS Martial Arts Academy, Aurora, competed at the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame State Championships at the Radisson Hotel in Indianapolis on Sunday, April 13. The competition team brought home a total of 36 trophies.
The team is taught by Karisa Cleveland, 52, of Lawrenceburg. Cleveland has been practicing Shotokan Karate for 20 years and teaching for the last 15 years. She teaches 17 students from the ages of eight to 58.
The competition was the first competition where Cleveland herself competed in five years. She competed against all men and was the lowest ranking Black Belt among them.
“It was an amazing feat for 11 people,” said Cleveland in reference to her team’s success.
One of Cleveland’s higher ranking students, Trey Perkins, brought home four of the team’s 36 trophies. Perkins earned two first place trophies and two second place trophies.
“It was hot, but everyone had fun,” said Perkins. He has been training in Shotokan Karate for five years and says his confidence has increased “10,000 percent.”