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MARTIAL ARTS

Local Martial Arts competitors place third at World event

Owings pair earns bronze
By: Staff Report
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. _ A Rocklin brother and sister duo fought their way to bronze medals in the American Taekwondo Association World Championships June 21-24. Courtney Owings and Jacob Owings each took third place among the world?s 10 best in their respective divisions. Both earned their medals in combat weapons sparring, girls and boys black belt ring. The Owings siblings spent a year of hard work at Owing Martial Arts in Rocklin to be among the 5,000 participants competing at the Little Rock Statehouse Convention Center last month. The event drew more than 20,000 martial arts students, instructors and fans from nearly 20 different countries. The week-long championships also include training seminars and belt testing. It is the largest convention held each year in Little Rock. ATA is the largest martial arts organization in North America with more than 300,000 members worldwide. For more on the championships or to find an ATA school go online to ataonline.com.