Local boy wins at pair of MMA events

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Jonah Meshell, a 6th-grader at Cassville Middle School, received a black belt at Next Level Sport Karate in Springfield. Meshell won first in cmx weapons, forms and creative forms; second in traditional forms; and he went on to win the 13-under black belt weapons grand champion. This weekend. he is traveling to Bloomington, Minn., to compete at Diamond Nationals. Contributed photo

Jonah Meshell, a 6th-grader at Cassville Middle School, received a black belt at Next Level Sport Karate in Springfield.

Jonah Meshell, 11, of Cassville, placed first in single A traditional forms, third in extreme weapons, fifth in musical weapons, seventh in extreme forms and fourth in musical forms in the AA division at Diamond Nationals in Bloomington, Minn. He showed against some of the best martial artists in the world. He also successfully landed a dub (double full) in competition. Meshell trains at Next Level Sport Karate in Springfield. Contributed photo