The 9th Scottish International Open Karate Championships which was held in Edinburgh at the end of April not only saw teams from as far away as Malta, Sweden, Denmark, and France, but a large number of clubs attending from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
As part of Team Ireland, David O’Donnell and Mary Marcus outshone in their categories while being put in the spotlight against International Champions within each event.
Mary Marcus was the only female member of the team to come home with two medals.
Mary came 3rd in Individual Kata (form) and 3rd in Individual Kumite (fighting).
Sensei Tommy Marrett was beaming with joy at this huge achievement, as it is the first time that both Mary and David have competed in the Scottish International Open, and it is also the first time that members of Ireland Wadokai Karate-Do Remnei (IWKR) have competed in this huge international event.
Mary Marcus only joined IWKR in 2006 and to date not only does she compete nationally and internationally, but is to date the first female within Ireland to be awarded a 1st Dan from the Federation of Wado-Kai Europe.
With training so intense over the past few months in preparation for Scotland, Mary and David have now set their eyes towards the Annual Chase International Karate Competition in Birmingham on May 12.
They will both be joined by fellow members of Team Ireland from within the Ireland Karate Federation Commission and they all look forward to more challenges in both Individual Kata, Pair Kata, Kumite and the grand finale of the International Team Kumite Event where Team Ireland will compete against Team England, and if last years Team Kumite Event was anything to go by, this years event is due to be even more exciting.
We all wish both Mary, David and their fellow members of Team Ireland Good Luck in Birmingham.
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