Ponte Vedra woman crowned world champion at martial arts expo


Karate America Ponte Vedra’s Amber Smith was crowned Gold Medal World Champion in the forms division of fifth-degree black belts aged 30 to 39 at the American Taekwondo Association World Expo in Little Rock, Ark.

Smith also earned a silver medal in sparring at the event, held July 27 through June 3. She competed alongside a team of other participating Karate America Ponte Vedra students, including Sofia Saldana, Lucas Gimenez, Jessie Miller, Lilly Sonn, Edmundo Saldana, Xander Javier and Isabella Guenzler.