Dundalk’s Martial Arts School of Fitness (MAS-F) kick-started 2014 with a trip to Tallaght last week to compete in the TMA Open.
A small but dedicated team took on the best in Ireland in this high level competition.
Young Ryan Del Duca stepped out with his nunchucks against world and european champions and took a coveted 5th position in his musical weapons division.
Oisin Brennan was up against it using his bo-staff in the older division and succeeded in achieving a bronze medal for his efforts.
Reigning national champion for Weapons, Enda Kelly once again proved his worth taking a gold medal for forms and seconding that with a gold medal for his amazing double-bo routine in the senior section.
The fighters were up next with most moving into an older age category or experience level this year.
Matthew McQuillan made it to the quarter-finals in the U15 section, missing out narrowly to his two foot taller opponent! The youngest competitor, Conor Sharkey, stepped out for his first ever competition in the U7s section and after a breathtaking performance, his opponent took the winning score with a fraction of a second left on the clock.
His older brother Ethan Sharkey, along with team-mates Dylan Carr, Lee Steele and Conor O’Murchu all entered both the continuous and point fighting divisions.
In the U9 novice continuous Dylan made it through to the quarter-finals, narrowly missing out on an award. Both Ethan and Lee reached the semi-finals and earned themselves a bronze trophy each.
Conor O’Murchu, in the U9 advanced division, fought through to the finals and in a split decision took the silver position.
All four U9s then took on the challenge of point fighting. Ethan, Dylan and Lee all showed great determination however it was not to be their day in this division.
Again with nail-biting timing, the winning points were scored in the final seconds, with one fight going to extra time and onto sudden death.
Conor O’Murchu entered both the intermediate and the advanced division for his age group in order to gain more experience. Conor finished up his day by adding a bronze and another silver to his wins for the day.
Chief Instructor Wayne Rutherford is proud of their attempts and their dignity in both wins and defeat.
For further information contact MAS-F on 0858510080 or find us on Facebook - Martial Arts School of Fitness. Or, drop in for a chat at Unit 1, Butterly Business Park, Coes Road, Dundalk (Turn for Lally’s electrical or CTI and you will find us).