Ashley Hill is ready to give back to her community and get involved
With the future athletes of Port Washington.
Port Washington karate champion Ashley Hill was recently inducted into the Karate Hall of Fame. Hill has won numerous championships during her memorable karate career and competed in the 2019 Pan American Games.
Hill’s father, Tokey Hill, was the first American to win the World Karate Federation World Championship in 1980. Tokey Hill’s incredible competition and coaching career has inspired many karate athletes, including his daughter.
The Torquay Mountain Martial Arts Club at 95 Ocean Drive in Port Washington is like Hill’s second home.
“I always [the dojo] Because I was in diapers,” Hill said. “I started karate at age 4, and at age 10, I was a national champion. At 12, I qualified for the USA Karate team, and I did. “
Hill has been with the US Karate Team for 19 years and has a 30-year karate career. Looking back on her competitive career, she fondly remembers winning her first world medal in Montenegro.
“They just changed the scoring rules, they increased the time by a minute, from a two-minute fight to a three-minute fight,” Hill recalled. “It was so hard, it was a big leap for a fighter. I ended up with a bronze medal and the coolest thing was my dad gave me a medal.”
The incredible achievement of being inducted into the Karate Hall of Fame is a humbling and honorable experience for Hill that can be incorporated into her karate career.
“I’m proud to be selected,” Hill said. “I’ve worked so hard in my career and this is a great way for me to end that chapter of the game.”
With Hill’s selection, two other Port Washington residents from the same dojo were also selected.
Hill’s father became the head coach of Team USA, and since then he has devoted his life to developing athletes. Tokey Hill is from Ohio but has dojos all over the country where he has created many karate champions.
“One of the two champions at my father’s Port Washington Dojo, Porter’s Christina Muccini, was selected alongside me,” Hill said. “My dad is already in the Hall of Fame, so it’s a crazy achievement to have all four of us in the harbor.”
“Because karate has just been included in the Olympics for the 2021 Olympics, people are considered to be the pioneers in getting karate into the Olympics,” Hill said. “They honor my father as a pioneer.”
The talents and skills Hill gained through her karate efforts have been transferred to other forms of work. Hill started acting at a young age, and as she grew, she started working as a stuntman. She has appeared on shows such as SNL, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Outer Banks and Marvel’s The Punisher.
“Marvel’s Punisher is one of the hardest stunt jobs,” Hill said. “I’m on set Monday through Friday; then I’ll fly out to races on the weekends and come back on Monday.” Much of Hill’s stunt work has been done during her racing career, such as the first season of The Bund It was taken during her game.
Hill’s intense and successful competitive career, supported by her father, earned her a Hall of Fame induction, which resulted in her retirement.
“When I retire, I don’t know how to look at it,” Hill said. “I’ve been disciplined and disciplined my entire life. But once I’ve been inducted into the Hall of Fame, I feel so relieved, like I did what I needed to do, I did what I wanted to do.”
Now that Hill has wrapped up the racing chapter of her career, she looks forward to giving back to her community and sport.
“I’m researching and working on developing a karate program for kids,” Hill said. “I want to teach kids karate and give me back so much of the sport.”
“Anyone can benefit from karate. It has character building blocks; it instills discipline, respect and self-esteem in the individual,” Hill said. “It’s a unique sport, it’s all about technology and precision.”
Hill is now working with her father to develop a karate program for children and adults with a global rollout in the future.
Tokey Hill and his Port Washington Dojo have produced many successful and dedicated athletes such as Ashley and Muccini.
“We’ve always stayed true to our roots,” Hill said. “Even if we branched out from karate, we always wanted to give back. Muccini was still teaching, my father was still developing athletes, and now it’s my turn to be involved.”
“There are a lot of people who have contributed to the success of my career,” Hill said. “I would not have been able to do this without their support. Thanks to my family, coaches, the Tokey Hill team, Rich and Richie L’Esperance, friends and the town of Port Washington for believing in me.”
“Inducting into the Hall of Fame made me feel like it did,” Hill said. “I look forward to the next chapter.”