MAS-F Juniors Monique Martin and Enda Kelly and Cadets Darren O’Donogh and Tomás Flanagan represented their club and town recently at the KickBoxing Ireland/WAKO Irish National Championships in CityWest.
This competition allows the top martial artists in the country to compete for the highest accolade in Kickboxing in Ireland - the KBI/WAKO Championship title, where only the top two students in each division, represent Ireland at the most prestigious tournament in Europe.
KBI/WAKO Ireland is the only Irish Sports Council recognised affiliation and therefore the top in the country for kickboxing.
Current National champion, Darren O’Donogh, entered the younger cadet division for forms and weapons. Up against competition from several counties he dominated to win not one, but two gold medals and places for both sections on the Irish National Kickboxing team. Darren then donned his sparring gear and in a very close semi-final obtained a bronze in continuous sparring and a ranking of 3rd in Ireland.
Tomás Flanagan sparred in the continuous section for older cadets. Winning his semi-final by a unanimous decision, he competed in a high paced final against his opponent. Tomás achieved a silver medal and a ranking of 2nd in Ireland, giving him a place on the cadet team also.
In the Junior division, World bronze medalist Monique Martin demonstrated her skills against her competitor, with consistent power to once again take the gold and the Irish National title for weapons and a place on the junior team for the Europeans in September. Monique then swapped the sword for sparring gear and after securing a place in the finals, a tough fight gave her a silver medal and ranking of 2nd in Ireland along with another place on the team.
Enda Kelly who recently won gold in the senior weapons division, entered his final National junior competition and secured the final gold for MAS-F and another National title for himself. Enda also gained a coveted spot on the Irish Kickboxing team.
All four students have done themselves and their club proud and will now begin the arduous task of fundraising for the European Championships. The road to the Europeans demands rigorous training in MAS-F along with attending specified National training camps and numerous competitions to maintain the highest of standards.
Any local businesses interested in sponsoring these young champions please get in touch with Chief Instructor Wayne Rutherford on 0858510080, or drop into the club on Jocelyn Street for further details on their CV of awards.