Ardee saw an influx of martial artists last Saturday, April 20, as Ireland Wado-Kai Karate-Do Remnei (IWKR) held its Annual International Karate Championships.
This year’s competition was bigger and better than ever which meant that contestants had a lot of both experienced and inexperienced competitors to contend with.
Clubs from all over Ireland and abroad made the annual trek to the annual international Karate Championships in order to compete in both Kata (form) and Kumite (fighting).
Club members as young as 5 years old, were put to the test and with Andy Simpson from Scotland as chief referee, every contestant was given their chance to shine.
Not only was there an opportunity for competitors to compete in individual events, but there were many who entered into the team events in both Kata and Kumite, and as always team spirit was in abundance.
This years competition was only a week away from the Scottish International Open Karate Championships which is being held in Edinburgh, Scotland on April 27 and 28.
Club members, Mary Marcus and David O’Donnell have been selected to represent Ireland along with other members from other clubs within the Ireland Karate Federation Commission (IKFC).
It was a good opportunity for them to show fellow members how much they have improved in recent months with all the extra training at local IWKR Clubs and also at squad training sessions around the country held by the IKFC.
They will also be part of Team Ireland who will be travelling to Birmingham next month to compete in the Annual Chase International Karate Competition on May 12.
The IWKR also recently attended the All Ireland Karate Federation Referee Commission’s first Referee Course of 2013 in Dublin.
It was a huge success with members of IKFRC from all over Ireland attending to learn not only the new WKF rules, but also to participate in the practical end of judging and refereeing.
IKFRC was set up for the benefit of all styles within karate in Ireland and with IWKR being a member, it is currently reaping the benefits, such as Kata and Kumite coaches who are not only national champions, but also European and World champions.
New members are always welcome, no matter what style.
If you would like more information with regard to IKFRC, you can contact the IKFRC Secretary, Larry Leniston by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or you can also contact Sensei Tommy Marrett by telephoning 087 975 2859 or emailing email@example.com.