Instructor Sallie McArdle and fighter Danny Carr represented Dundalk’s (MAS-F) Martial Arts School of Fitness at the Irish Kickboxing Association Mugendo event at St Patrick’s GAA Centre in Lordship, Dundalk recently.
Each fighter fought their way to the finals; Sallie winning two and Danny with three fights on the day.
This was Danny’s first kickboxing tournament but this did not seem to faze him as he was focused and excited to get on the mat.
His first fight was against a member of Sligo Mugendo, a younger opponent, but Danny showed that patience and timing pays off much more then youth and energy.
In his second fight, Danny’s opponent could not handle the Dundalk man’s strength and the fight was stop declaring Danny the winner, qulaifying him for the final.
Here he met an opponent from Dublin who had good skill and technique and who had white washed his last two opponents to get to the final. In contrast, Danny took to the mat with only five minutes break from his last fight.
After watching Danny’s opponent, the MAS-F camp worked out a strategy and the fight went to the wire, finishing in the scores level. A call back was required and Danny lost by one point.
It was a great fight and truly worthy of a final and a silver secured on his first run is a great achievement. MAS-F are really proud of how Danny handled himself on the day and how well he performed and listened to his coaches.
In the meantime Sallie also had her first fight, against a much larger and taller girl. Sallie came into the event carrying an elbow injury from her last tournament which meant she could not punch with her left arm due to the risk of injury. However her world class talent shone through as she controlled the whole fight by just using her legs, firing off right hand shots if her opponent got close.
Her next fight, the last fight of the day, looked as if it was going to be tougher as she was up against a full contact fighter from Sligo.
The ladies put on a show, fighting with a high level of skill, experience and will to win. And once again Sallie, even carrying an injury, controlled the fight and kept her opponent outside of her range with stunning axe kicks and powerful side kicks, ensuring her first place and a gold medal.
“I’m extremely proud to have such calibre of people in our club. They are both dedicated and talented fighters,” said Wayne Rutherford, owner of the Martial Arts School of Fitness. “As athletic competitors, these two fought very with great skill.”
The guys train in kickboxing every Monday and Wednesday at 6pm, Sparring takes place every Thursday at 8pm, with Open Mat sessions every Friday at the Martial Arts School of Fitness, Jocelyn St.