Local fighter competing in Japanese tournament

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By Thomas Garcia

Next stop nationals for taekwondo athletes

Special to the QCS Twenty-five martial arts athletes, from adults to childen, qualified for and were invited to the 2008 National AAU Youth and Adult Taekwondo Championships to be held June 30-July 5 in Madison, Wisc.

Area youth place at martial arts tournament

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Special to QCS Eleven martial arts students from Tucumcari and Quay County competed in various events at the 2008 Global Taekwondo Hanmadang Tournament in Albuquerque on Saturday. The students all take lessons from Master Mark Anthony Baca at the American Karate Studio in Tucumcari.

Lautner, aka ‘Sharkboy’ to visit

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun A martial arts tournament, featuring karate, tae kwon do and ju jitsu, will be held this weekend at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The featured presenter will be Disney and Nickelodeon star and martial artist, Taylor Lautner, also known as “Sharkboy.” Lautner will be signing autographs and teaching some classes. […]

Karate kids are kicking their way up ladder

By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun On Main Street there may be some tae kwon do tykes and karate kids in the making. After weeks of practice, 25 martial art students at the American Karate Studios in Tucumcari were awarded their orange belt. The students, mostly children, earned their seventh Gup Orange Belt, which is […]

Fight ban falls short, state weighs martial arts restrictions

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Although he was outvoted, City Commissioner Christopher Maestas tried again at Thursday night’s meeting to introduce a resolution that would ban certain fighting events at the Tucumcari Convention Center. “I can’t see us allowing these type of events,” Maestas said. “Even though we make a couple of dollars … […]

Tucumcari man shot to death

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A martial arts fighter was shot to death on a Tucumcari sidewalk Thursday night, police said. Albert Jason Pacheco Jr., 31, of Tucumcari, was shot near a gym where fighters were weighing in for Friday’s Desert Extreme Blood War cage fight. One man is being held in “investigative detention” […]

Tucumcari man holds martial arts title

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun When you take a look at Abel Cullum, it’s a stretch to assume the 5-foot-7, 135-pound man is an accomplished mixed martial arts fighter. But then again, that’s what inspired him when he was 15. “I was a fan,” Cullum said. “Seeing all of the little guys … it […]

Tucumcari native working for title

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Being good at fighting wasn’t always the best way for James Martinez to grow up. But it seems to be a good way for him to build a career. “Growing up in Tucumcari, there was a lot of fist fights there,” Martinez said. “I moved to California and went […]

Local gladiator wins in California

William Thompson Local martial artist Jason Pacheco said ‘gaidojutsu’ training has changed his life. He recently won a fight on the under card of the Gladiator Challenge at the Colusa Casino outside of Sacramento, Calif. He hopes to fight in a main event bout in the near future. Pacheco began gaidojutsu training two years ago […]