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Athletes from Martial Arts America Represent the Valley at WUKF World’s Karate Championship in Ft. Lauderdale

Martial Arts America Competition Team had five members compete in Fort Lauderdale, Florida June 29th through July 7th. 

Sydni Stocks, Rhyli Stocks, and Cord Stocks also competed at AAU Nationals from the end of June through the 2nd of July. 

Sydni Stocks: (Black Belt 18-34 females) accomplished becoming a Technical Coach she also took Bronze in Rotational team kumite and singles ippon kumite division.

Rhyli Stocks: (Black Belt 14 females) took Bronze in weapons, rotational team kumite, singles kumite, kata, and another kumite division.

Cord Stocks: (Brown Belt 11 males) took Silver in weapons, Silver in rotational kumite and Bronze in singles kumite.

Sydni Stocks (Black Belt 18-20 females), Rhyli Stocks (Black Belt 14-15 females), Roen Howlett (Black Belt 11 females) and Kya Svancara (White to Orange Belt 8 females) compete this week in the WUKF World’s Karate Championship in Ft. Lauderdale.

This has been the first year that the WUKF World’s Karate Championships have taken place in the United States. There were 34 countries represented and over 700 athletes from just the United States. An all-female group from Martial Arts America’s Competition Team- Sydni Stocks (Black Belt 18-20 females), Rhyli Stocks (Black Belt 14-15 females), Roen Howlett (Black Belt 11 females), and Kya Svancara (White to Orange Belt 8 females), were chosen to represent the AAU/USA Team for World’s back in April during the Team Trials in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

“We are so excited to be in Florida representing the United States in the WUKF World’s Karate Competition,” President of Martial Arts America Competition Team, Melissa Svancara said. “With the help of our Coach Sydni Stocks, our supportive community, parents, fellow athletes, and the dojo led by Austin Arnett, we were able to go to this and watch our kids compete against the top karate athletes in the world.”

Below are the results:

Roen Howlett: Black Belt 11 Year Old Females- 4th Place Kobudo (Weapons)

Kya Svancara: White-Orange Belt 8 Year Old Females – 4th Place Kata

“While we came so close to placing in several divisions, all of our girls showed true dedication and a clear passion for what they do,” Svancara said. “Sydni, Rhyli, Roen and Kya competed in the best way they could. There was a lot of pressure on them. Three out of four competed in Black Belt division.”

Roen and Kya represented their Native American tribe, Shoshone-Paiute and our family is so proud of them! 

“Being an AAU Karate Team, we are focusing on the strengths of our young athletes and not pressuring them into being someone they are not,” Svancara said. “Our goal is to provide guidance to our kids in karate but more importantly, in their lives. We are all so proud of the girls and look forward to the next competition!”