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Fighter Darcy Claveria places internationally at US Open World Martial Arts Championships

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Darcy Claveria is flying high after placing among the world’s best at the recent US Open World Championships in Orlando.

The humble Heckenberg martial artist just turned 11 but has already taken out top spots internationally.

Darcy Claveria won third place in clash sparring. Picture: Melvyn Knipe

Darcy claimed third in both point and clash sparring, fifth in continuous sparring and 11th in kata karate, earning him this week’s Junior Sports Star nomination, sponsored by Rebel.

It took Darcy just three years to join Australia’s International Sports Karate Association team.

IMC Liverpool-Prestons head instructor Robbie Castellano said Darcy had come a long way.

Castellano said Darcy was shy and falling over his own feet when he first started.

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“Now he’s all the way at the top,” he said.

“He just keeps progressing, he’s really good.”

Darcy has noticed how martial arts has challenged him to test his abilities.

“I’ve become one of the world’s best so I can push myself further,” he said.

“I want to reach the Olympics. It was exciting but scary going to the World Championships because I was going up against the world’s best but it feels good to have placed.”

The Junior Sports Star program’s Team Spirit award is sponsored by Fox Sports Pulse, with media partner 7 News.

Nominate somebody in any category at juniorsportsstar.com.au.

Darcy’s mum Crystal said she was incredibly proud of her son reaching the highest tournament in karate.

“We are Aboriginal and he wanted to make sure he excelled so his people and Australia would be proud of his achievements,” she said.

“I was so happy, I was nearly crying to see him place, it was amazing.”

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