Fudoshin Dojo of Stephenville had 11 students who qualified to compete in the recent Amateur Organization of Karate Texas State Championships, and two came home with a state title.
P.J. McNeil and Lucas Quintana earned individual state championships. Five of the local competitors brought home third place in their respective divisions.
McNiel won first place in Self Defense, was second in Sparring, and placed third in Weapons, Intermediate Executive Women’s Sparring, and also Beginner Executive Women's Sparring.
Lucas Quintana won first place in the Demo division.
Damien Simon earned second place in the Sparring division.
Leslie Newcomb earned second place in Sparring.
Liliana Quintana placed third in the Intermediate Girls Sparring category.
Also in Sparring and in Weapons, Anna Newcomb took third place in each.
Chinmayee Lalongador was second in Sparring and third in Self Defense.
Philip Alcorn took third place in Intermediate Boys Sparring and third in Self Defense.
Stephen Alcorn placed third in Self Defense.
Serena Wright brought home third place in Self Defense.
Reagyn Hattox-Hoag was fourth in Sparring.
The meet was held Dec. 15-16 in Houston, and the group was led by Sensei (teacher) Robi Kunkel. Kunkel was named Referee of the Year.