Taylor Lautner energizes area youngsters

By Chelle Delaney, Quay County Sun

Matthew Lautner, who starred in the movie “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D,” led area youngsters in a series of drills to improve their martial arts skills.

Lautner visited Tucumcari on Saturday for the Karate Championship, sponsored, in part, by Master Mark Anthony Baca and the American Karate Studios. Lautner has won several martial arts titles.

The all-day event drew teams and individual competitors from karate studios across the state.

A.J. Chavez, 11, of Tucumcari, who placed in several events, said Sharkboy is “the real thing.”