Bethani “Panther” Tibbs fought her way back onto Team USA “Speed Fighting” Saturday, June 8, winning Gold against the best 10-year-olds in the United States at a national karate tournament in Detroit. This means she is the top seed in the 88 pounds and under weight class at this year’s World Karate & Kickboxing Championships in November.
She also qualified to be on the 10 years and under Gold Girls Speed Fighting team, meaning all the girls that won Gold will now be on a team fighting against the rest of the world.
Bethani will be representing Wauseon at the World Championships – held in Niagara Falls, N.Y. – while also representing the United States of America. She trains out of Iron Body Karate Dojo in Wauseon and American Kenpo Karate out of Toledo. A couple months each year, she trains with Team USA head coach Master Richard Plowden of Detroit.
Bethani is the daughter of Adam and Jessica Tibbs of Wauseon.