Submitted by Jack Fishman
Several local athletes from Focus Martial Arts and Fitness in Lake in the Hills competed in Melbourne, Australia, in the World Karate Confederation Championships May 9 through 12.
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They were among 65 athletes representing the United States. Almost 100 countries participated in this year's World Championships.
Focus Martial Arts had five athletes on the U.S. team.
Rebecca Fishman won the 13-year-old lightweight world championship in kumite (fighting). Fishman, who is a two-time world champion, having won the world championship in kumite in the 11-year-old division in Venice, Italy, in 2010. She also repeated her bronze medal performance in kata (form) from 2010 by capturing third place in the world championships in Melbourne in that event.
Focus athletes Lindsey Willis and Jamieson Allare both won gold in kata and in kumite, and Kelly Arredia and Zach Harr both won bronze in kata.