Four karate students at Warriors Karate & Kickboxing in Boonsboro were inducted into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame on Feb. 28 in Jamaica, N.Y.
The annual induction ceremony has taken place since 1976. To be inducted, martial artists must be nominated, then approved by the board of directors, according to a press release. Approximately 75 top martial artists are honored, with representatives from about 23 states in attendance.
Their teacher, Michelle Vining, is a master black belt and a Hall of Fame inductee. She said it is unusual for children to be inducted, and in addition to her students, there were only two other teenagers being inducted.
"Most of the time, honors go to adults or those in their late teens," Vining said. "But these kids were noticed for doing extraordinary things beyond the call of duty."