A team of junior competitors from Dundalk’s Martial Arts School of Fitness recently made the journey to Sligo for the acclaimed Mugendo Junior Championships.
The young team ranged in age from six to 13 years of age and competed in four different disciplines over the day.
In the point fighting division, the youngest member, Conor Sharkey, along with his team-mates Ethan Sharkey and Lee Steele went up against it in the U10 section and made it through to the quarter finals. Callum O’Connor was the medalist here, fighting through to get a bronze medal in the large division. In the older category, Matthew McQuillan fought through to the semi-finals also and secured his bronze medal.
Continuous fighting was next with Callum, Ethan and Lee entering the sections with Ethan securing the bronze medal in this division.
In weapons, Feidhlim O’Callaghan and Ryan Del Duca stepped out to compete with both taking home medals. Ryan took the silver medal with Feidhlim winning the gold and the coveted title of Mugendo Junior champion.
In the open hand forms division, young Feidhlim took on world champions to secure a bronze medal to add to his previous gold.
Chief Instructor Wayne Rutherford sends thanks to the parents who travelled to Sligo and showed great support to these up and coming martial artists.