Giulianna Iona, 12, of Hawley won first place in Fighting at The USA National Karate Championships held recently.
Giulianna only allowed a single point to be scored against her throughout the entire championship tournament, winning her final bout by shutout in less than a minute.
This was a large national event open to all styles including Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, Hap Ki Do, Karate, and Kung Fu.
In attendance were world renowned Grand Masters from Korea, along with several action film stars like five-time World Champion, Cynthia Rothrock.
The USA National Karate Championships marks Miss Iona’s 3rd consecutive 1st Place finish in Fighting, and she remains undefeated in tournament competition throughout 2012. In each of these past three Tournaments, Miss Iona has also taken home either Silver or Bronze in the Forms competition. She is in the 6th Grade at Wallenpaupack area Middle School and trains at Wasylyk Karate in Hawley.