Dundalk Martial Art School of Fitness took a small but dedicated team to this year’s Irish Open which saw over 3300 competitors from over 36 countries compete for the World Class titles.
With the highest standard ever seen at competition, few were lucky enough to make it through to the podium but 13-year-old Matthew McQuillan succeeded to do just that.
After a grueling quarter-final against his Dutch opponent that went to overtime, Matthew secured his place in the semi-finals. The MAS-F student fought brave and fast only missing out on a place in the final by a point or two. Delighted with his success he stepped onto the podium amid massive applause.
Matthew entered this competition last year but he did not make it further than the initial round, so to take a podium position is a fantastic feat of achievement.
Other members of MAS-F competing in point-fighting over the weekend were James Shields and younger competitors Conor Sharkey (6), Conor o’Murchu (9), Callum O’Connor (8), Dylan Carr (9) and Lee Steele (9) who all fought well with Ethan Sharkey making it to the third round of his section.
Enda Kelly gave a great account of himself in a very big forms/weapons division, going up against the best in the world including those from USA who hold world titles.
With some sections including over 100 competitors, this is the largest open kickboxing competition in the world at the moment. To obtain a podium position is indeed a coveted and respected win.
MAS-F have consistently obtained a podium place each year they have entered and are very proud of Matthew who made it there this year.
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