Dundalk Martial Arts School of Fitness students Enda Kelly and Darren O’Donagh will take on the rest of Europe at the WAKO European Cadets and Junior Championships in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland this week.
Both competitors are in action on Friday September 20. The local students will compete in a weapons form and Darren will also compete in open hand forms.
Forms is an imaginary fight against one or more opponents in which the performer uses techniques coming from Oriental Martial Arts to specifically chosen music. The choice of music is personal.
11-year-old Darren and 18-year-old Enda have both won several Irish titles and are dedicated to their sport.
“I’m extremely proud of these two young men as they have come a long way from the shy boys that first entered my dojo,” said Wayne Rutherford, owner of Dundalk Martial Arts School of Fitness.
“They both train really hard, coming into training nearly every day, as well as doing their own training outside the club at home.
“They have been with me for over eight years and we have really honed their skills and got them many Irish titles. Now it is time to go international.
“They will be competing against the best in Europe and these young men will be able to match their every move and go beyond.”
The club have recently moved to new premises on the Coe’s Road and Rutherford feels this has benefitted the Poland bound duo.
“The new venue, at Unit 1, Butterly Business Park, is much bigger and I was able to give the guys a full floor to train on”, he explained.
Dundalk Martial Arts School of Fitness is a full time martial arts and fitness centre that has classes for all ages and levels. If you would like to start with us contact us by visiting the website at www.mas-f.com