MARTIAL ARTS: Warrior of God championships a success

The Texoma Warrior of God martial arts championships took place on Aug. 5 at the Bowie Community Center.
Thirty-seven competitors were entered from around primarily the North Texas and Piney Woods areas of the state.
“We’ve gotten positive feedback from the competitors, so we feel it was a successful first event,” Texoma Warrior of God organizer Ryan Evans said.
Matt Williams was the grand champion in the black belt men’s fighting division. Kyrie Brown earned grand champion in black belt women’s fighting class.
The Condiments were tops in the team self-defense contest, which closed the event.
The four-person team featured Shelby Robertson, Colin Curfman, Jeremy Redic and Tommy Anderson, and all of them are from Warrior of God Longview.
The competition field was limited because four other martial tournaments took place on the same day, including one in nearby Jacksboro.
Evans said the Texoma Warrior of God event will most likely move to a different date next year. See results in the Aug. 9 Bowie News.

Matt Williams (left) and Kyrie Brown were the men’s and women’s grand champions, respectively, at the Texoma Warrior of God martial arts championships at the Bowie Community Center on Aug. 5. (News photo by Eric Viccaro)