MAS-F’s youngest national competitor, Darren O’Donogh, had a fantastic day at the Kickboxing Ireland Irish National Championships.
Starting off his day he battled against the Munster Champion in the Younger Cadets Weapons section. Darren secured his first position on the Irish team with a well earned no 2 ranked silver medal.
Next for Darren was the Musical Forms Division where he has always excelled and this year was no different. Darren secured the 2012 Irish National Title for Forms with a no 1 ranking, with an array of extreme trick-kicks and a second position on the National team.
He took to the fighting arena after this and into the continuous sparring division where with a split decision he accepted his final medal of the day, the bronze.
Chantelle McCabe’s first outing in the nationals was in Open Hand Forms where she met two champions from Waterford.
After a fantastic performance it was realised that there was a minor timing error which cost her a full point from each judge and with that unfortunately the national title, awarding Chantelle a bronze medal for her first medal of the day, giving her a rank of no 3 in Ireland.
Next up was the Older Cadets Weapons section where our Leinster champion performed diligently and with ease beating her Munster opponent to secure her second bronze medal of the day.
Monique Martin took to the floor in the Older Cadets Weapons division also, up against the winners from the Leinster, Munster and Ulster regional Championships.
Monique impressed the judges with her skill and manipulation but she succumbed to the same fatal error from the regionals. Monique took home a well earned silver medal and a ranking of no 2 in Ireland giving her a position on the national kickboxing team.
Tomás Flanagan, after a thrilling Leinster final, entered his first national competition.
Dominating his semi-final against Connaught he entered the final with great determination. Even after suffering an injury to his knee in the second round he fought on and proudly gained a silver medal, no 2 ranking and a position on the national team.
MAS-F are proud to be able to say that team MAS-F Cadets took home one gold, three silvers and three bronze medals from the most prestigious Irish National Kickboxing Championships, qualifying three members to represent Ireland at the upcoming World Association of Kickboxing Association, World Championships in Slovakia, this coming September.
The WAKO title is the most respected and coveted title in the kickboxing circuit and with the assistance of sponsorship MAS-F are hoping to bring a title home with them.