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Chuck Elias shows off his awards from Chuck Norris' International Training Conference. Submitted photo.

Beaufort’s Elias again attends Chuck Norris’ event

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From staff reports

Chuck Elias, owner and Head Instructor of Lady’s Island’s Club Karate, recently traveled to Las Vegas to participate in Chuck Norris’ International Training Conference for the 32nd year in a row. This highly anticipated annual event is a week-long conference filled with classes on School Management, Instructor Training, School Marketing and Curriculum Planning.

In addition, there are Physical Training Seminars with some of the world’s premier martial artists. This year’s headliner was Georges St-Pierre, a multi-division UFC champion. Other instructors included Carlos Machado, Roland Osborne, Jeff Smith and many other highly accomplished martial artists.

Saturday and Sunday was the exciting International Tournament where martial artists come from all over the world to compete in Fighting and Forms. Elias captured the 60 Year and Above Lightweight Division on Saturday. He also took second place in Weapon Forms.

On Sunday, he competed for Grand Champion, first defeating the middle weight 60+ and then the Heavyweight 60+ fighter. After the 40–49 Age Division winner defeated the 50–59 Age Division winner, Elias was defeated in the final round.

The weekend wrapped up with an elegant gala banquet where awards were presented by Grand Master Chuck Norris.

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