Local karate students compete at the Utah Summer Games
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Stacie Andrus (back left) Kyle Pickens and Jayden Stocks (front) recently competed in karate at the Utah Summer Games. Courtesy photo
Stacie Andrus (back left) Kyle Pickens and Jayden Stocks (front) recently competed in karate at the Utah Summer Games. Courtesy photo
Moab residents Stacie Andrus, Kyle Pickens and Jayden Stocks competed in karate at the Utah Summer Games on June 8. All three are students of Panther Arts Shorei Kempo, said instructor Scott Andrus, who accompanied and coached the trio.

Stocks, a first-year student, competed in board breaking, flag spar, weapon spar, and point spar. He placed 10th out of 17 entrants in the breaking event, 14th out of 17 in the flag spar event, and was eliminated in the first round of the weapon spar. His best event was the point spar, in which he placed fourth out of 17, Scott Andrus said. Although Stacie Andrus is not a first-year student, the Summer Games marked her first competitive tournament, said Scott Andrus, who is Stacie’s father. She earned a silver medal in flag sparring and also competed in weapon sparring, traditional kata, and point sparring events, in both youth and adult divisions.

Pickens, now in his second year as a Panther Arts Shorei Kempo student, competed in five events, earning three medals. After taking the third-place bronze medal in board breaking, Pickens followed up with a second-place silver in flag sparring, but injured his ankle during the match. He nevertheless continued to compete and earned another bronze medal in the padded weapon event. Pickens then went on to take fourth in the traditional kata event, missing the bronze by one point, Scott Andrus said, adding, “He also placed fourth in the point sparring match under the close watch of EMT’s to ensure he suffered no further injury to his ankle.”

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