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Martial arts academy wins 11 gold medals

  • Special to Jasper County Sun Times Power Pack Martial Arts took home 11 gold medals at the World Martial Arts Olympia Games in Savannah. Pictured, from left, are Ayana Gant, Evelene Bolden, Alvin Adkins, Alton Gant and Jaime Riley.

Hardeeville-based Power Pack Martial Arts took home 11 gold medals Oct. 28 at the World Martial Arts Olympia Games in Savannah.

Ayana Gant earned two golds and a bronze in the girls 8- to 9-year-old division; Evelena Bolden earned a gold and a grand championship ladies belt for 20-25-year-old woman; Master Alvin Adkins won three golds and two grand championship belts in the 45-and-over men’s division; Alton Gant earned three gold medals in the 12-14 boys division; and Jaime Riley won two golds and a bronze in the 6-7 girls division.

There were more than 300 competitors from throughout the Southeast, Adkins said.

Adkins, who has been in martial arts for 33 years, teaches classes for all county residents Monday and Thursdays at Hardeeville City Hall.

Adkins has 12 students, ranging from 5 to 14 years old, but he said adults are welcome. He said his classes are designed to inspire the students.

“It’s to try to motivate them to have a positive attitude,” said Adkins, who works as a park ranger for the county. “I want them to aspire to be something in life.”

For more information, call 843-684-0048.

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