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The Alabama contingent includes 13 children and three instructors, including owner William Eaves.

Eaves Karate has two schools, one in Fayette another in Winfield.

Both produced members of the U.S.

WKA national team at the June 14 tryouts held at The Galt House in Louisville, Ky.The students include Daniel Bowling, Brooke Cantrell, Garrett Clark, Brittany Farley, Trent Ford, Justin Franklin, Tanner Hamlett, Emily Belle Isle, Jonathan Belle Isle, Michael Belle Isle, Jacob Little, Noah Markham and Brenden Nabors.

The three instructors include Eaves, who has competed at the world championships as recently as 2007, as well as Rachel White and Lisa Cunningham.'It's amazing that I'm going to get to go to Spain.

I never thought I'd be going overseas, especially not to compete for a USA team,' said Clark, 12.

'I'm really looking forward to going to Spain and representing my country.'Eaves has participated and coached internationally and has run Eaves Karate for 26 years.

He says what made his West Alabama contingent stand out at the tryouts was their work ethic.

'I think it's their attitude, their willingness to train and prepare themselves,' Eaves said.

The World Karate Championships is an open tournament.

Eaves says the top three competitors in each division made the team, with exemptions for any or all of those three spots given to returning medalists from the previous year's world team.

He says the U.S.

team includes 50-60 members, based on his past participation, and around 19 countries will compete.'Mr.

Eaves, our karate instructor, saw that we were really good fighters and asked us if we wanted to go to Kentucky to try out.

We agreed, and we made it,' Clark said.

'The place was really crowded.

You could barely walk around.

I was really nervous.

When I got out there and started doing my thing, I focused on that, and it helped me a lot.

I wasn't as nervous.'Eaves says training will begin in earnest this weekend, though he will pace his contingent to peak at the right time in late October at the world championships.

He hopes they'll return from Spain with medals, but he is already proud of what they have accomplished.

Their goals will be medals, but the main goal is to compete at their best.

'I want them to have fought up to their potential.

I want them to realize that they've done the best they could, that all the training was worth it.The trip will cost each around $2,500.

Local businesses have already donated to help defer the costs and there is an account set up at Citizens Bank in Winfield.
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