The Kickboxing Ireland Junior Leinster Regional Championships took place on Sunday last in Leixlip, Co Kildare.
Martial Arts School of Fitness (MAS-F) took a small contingent of four junior members to compete for titles and a huge haul of five Champion titles, two second place positions and one third place position was taken homeby the young students.
First on the floor was Chantelle McCabe. Moving up an age section from her usual, Chantelle performed flawlessly with her Sword against her club-mate Monique Martin. Chantelle secured the Leinster title in a fast paced and highly adjudicated section.
She went on to compete in the forms division also and took her second Leinster Championship title of the day. Her final section was in the point-fighting arena where she got to the semi-finals, only to meet the current Irish, World and European Champion. After a highly charged and adrenaline fuelled round, Chantelle wrapped up her day with a third place finish in this section, giving her two wins and a bronze to take home.
Monique Martin. performing a fast paced and energetic katana routine, suffered a minor error costing her points. Monique took home a well earned second place.
As the top two in each division from each Regional Championships get the opportunity to go forward to the National Championships, both girls will once again compete at the end of the month.
Both are outgoing Irish Champions in their respective divisions and will meet Munster champions at the Nationals, so it will prove to be a hotly contested competition.
Darren O’Donogh once again impressed the judges with the Kamas and took his first Championship title of the day in this division.
Next up for Darren was the musical forms, where he has always gained great comments from all. Darren achieved his second Leinster Championship title of the day here.
In the point-fighting division, Darren met the overall winner in the quarter finals and did not progress past this. Not one to settle, Darren went on to compete in the continuous fighting division and once again, won a Leinster Title, giving him a hat-trick to take home with him.
MAS-F’s final competitor was Tomás Flanagan who only began competing recently.
In the point-fighting division after a fantastic fight, Tomás was put out in the quarter finals of this section. Tomás also competed in the continuous division for his age. He dominated his semi-final opponent to win by unanimous decision from all three judges.
The final was one of the best fights of the day with a split decision of 2-1 going against Tomás. Gaining complimentary remarks from the Centre referee of the area, Tomás settled for a second place ranking in Leinster. Tomás will join his team-mates in the upcoming Irish National Championship at the end of the month.
All four students gained positions in and the opportunity to compete in the KBI/WAKO Irish National Kickboxing Championships, which take place in Carrickmacross on Sunday April 29. Training continues in MAS-F, Jocelyn St daily with extra classes being laid on to ensure the juniors are ready.