A South Mississippi family team of three Shureikan Karate athletes and their coach competed in the AAU Karate National Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the USKA World Championship in New Orleans.
Brothers Zachary Carver, a senior at Bay High School, and Jordan Carver, a fifth-grader at North Bay Elementary, competed at the USKA World Championship. Zachary earned two world titles in Kata (forms) and Kumite (sparring), as well as the under 18 World Grand Championship title. Jordan, who also trains at the Fighting Tigers Martial Arts Academy in DeLisle, placed second in Kata.
Zachary and Jordan, along with their mother, Jackie Carver, competed at the AAU Karate National Championship where Zachary brought home silver in Men's Advanced Mandatory Kata and two bronze medals in Kobudo (weapons). Jordan earned three silver medals in Kumite and Kobudo, and Jackie earned a gold in Kobudo and silver in Kata.
The athletes and their coach, David Carver, train under Shihan Danny McManus in Bay St. Louis. Shureikan Karate is part of the Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Matsumura Orthodox Seito-Do Karate and Kobudo Organization.