Students from Parker’s Self-Defense in Clayton brought home nine world championships from the U.S. Open World Martial Arts Championships held earlier this month at Walt Disney World.
Bryson Shoup, 10, won four world titles (two in traditional weapons, one in creative division and one in self-defense). Taiyana Brown, 17, won world titles in traditional weapon form and sparring. Tavis Wymer, 19, took a world championship in traditional weapons form. David Weaver won a world title in traditional weapons with the dragon pole and took a world title as well in mixed martial arts.
Justus Weaver took third in MMA, Bryson Hinton, 7, was third in sparring.
Pictured above is the Parker’s team (from left) Justus Weaver, Chad Glerrier, Taiyana Brown, Bryson Shoup, David Weaver, Shane Richardson, Tavis Wymer and Darrly Milligan.
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The U.S. Open World Martial Arts Championships is the largest and most prestigious tournament in the world. The two-day tournament draws the world’s top professional competitors as well as over 70 teams from 40 countries.