Karate kids: Local trio brings home gold


Three students of Ponte Vedra Beach’s Karate America’s ATA Taekwondo Competition Team won a total of seven medals Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Regional A tournament in Memphis hosted by Grand Master In Ho Lee.

Lilly Sonn, who holds a brown belt, was awarded first in forms and weapons and third in sparring; Xander Javier, who is black belt recommended, was awarded first in weapons and second in forms; and Jessie Miller, who is black belt decided, was awarded second in forms and third in weapons.

All three train at Karate America Ponte Vedra Beach owned by Grand Master Clark and were instructed by Chief Instructor Master Gimenez and World Champion Amber Smith.