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Submitted photo Samantha Tincher of Ashford, W.Va., has qualified for the 2019 WVJJO World Championships in Orlando, Fla.

By LOGAN DARNELL

For Coal Valley News

ASHFORD - A Boone County native, Samantha Tincher, is set to attend and fight for the USA team in the 2019 WCJJO World Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Tincher, a Sherman High student who began her martial arts career with karate lessons in St. Albans, began practicing jiu-jitsu at Danville-Madison Martial Arts under Greg Dillon. Tincher's process of qualifying had been through tournaments, where participants were judged not only on skill, but also on discipline and sportsmanship. When she was asked to join the US team, she was ecstatic.

"I'm not going to lie, I cried," she says. "It's just, I've worked so hard to be where I'm at now. I'm still having a hard to me believing I've made it."

It has been decades since a local has achieved something such as this in martial arts, Tincher and her family have been told.

Tincher's preparation includes 3 to 4 days of training at the dojo per week, with other days being dedicated to cardio and weight training at Kanawha City's Anytime Fitness to keep her endurance and strength up.

Samantha Tincher thanked her many coaches, including Dillon, Richard Cumbridge, and Rebecca Nida for helping her improve and change her life. Tincher serves as a good representative for athletes in Boone County.

The WCJJO World Championships take place from Aug. 7 to 12.