Heather Hamel, mother of three and soon to be grandmother, was inducted into the United States Karate Alliance Hall of Fame in June 2015 at the World Championships in New Orleans and the U.S. Karate-do Kai Bushido Society.
Ms. Hamel is the only female member from either society in Arizona, and is one of only four women in the United States who have earned this honor, according to a press release.
Ms. Hamel was in the top three in all divisions every year for the past five years, stated the release.
Ms. Hamel is a third dan in Shorin Ryu Karate under Michael Wall of the Paradise Valley School of Karate.
It is the longest running dojo in the Valley, stated the release, and will celebrate its 35th anniversary in spring 2016. Mr. Wall is a certified instructor of the original Fight Like a Girl program that was created in Phoenix.
Ms. Hamel also teaches women to shoot at the Scottsdale North Chapter of The Well-Armed woman, the release stated.