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Instructor Brent Baker watches Amelia Gallup, of Sunapee, N.H., practice at Rising Sun Martial Arts in Newport, N.H., on March 28, 2018. Baker has been coaching Gallup since she was six-years-old. (Valley News – Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

How awesome is this?

Amelia Gallup went to the United States Association of Martial Arts Grand Internationals tournament in Albuquerque, N.M., earlier this month and returned a champion.

The Sunapee resident and Keene State College graduate is the first woman in 20 years to win the tournament’s grand championship in empty hands forms, a discipline that emphasizes etiquette and fluidity of motion. (She also was the highest scorer among all age groups and both genders.) She defeated fighter Callen Kittell to take the title.

Valley News reporter Jared Pendak has the full story, which you can read here.