First squad training for karate team

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Dundalk Karate started 2014 by inviting Sensei Neil O’Sullivan 3rd Dan to instruct all members in Kumite.

Sensei Mary Marcus, head of Dundalk Karate, was thrilled with the turnout in the Redeemer Family Resource Centre, Dundalk.

Many of the junior students were nervous in attending their very first squad training. However with many years of experience Sensei Neil put each and every student at ease right from the off and within minutes each student was enjoying all aspects of this intensive training session.

The aim of this squad training session was to not only to put each student through drills for kumite, but to show them that karate is not only a sport but that it is also very enjoyable.

Sensei Neil, is not only a national champion but he has represented Ireland in London, Poland and numerous other countries and has also competed at world championships in Sydney.

“It was great to see so many students with so much potential and enthusiasm and to know that I can teach them something new is reward itself,” said Sensai Neil.

Sensei Mary also said: “It is great to see every student who comes to a class not only improve what they have learnt so far, but to see that when they are challenged with something new, they thrive on it.

“I have already started making plans for more training sessions with Sensei Neil, as it is important that each student achieves their best not only under my instruction, but that they receive a variety of instruction from other instructors.”

Sensei Mary not only competes at national level herself, but has also represented Ireland at numerous international competitions, the highlight of which was being part of the IKFC (Ireland Karate Federation Commission) International Squad at the 2013 Scottish International Open Karate Championships in Edinburgh where she came home victorious with Bronze for Kata (form) and Bronze for Kumite (fighting).

Currently all students within Dundalk Karate are in training for upcoming events such as the IKFC Junior Lefevre Seminar next weekend and the Annual Ballybay Karate Club Open Competition on 23rd March 2014.


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