Last week saw four senior members of the Martial Arts School of Fitness compete in the final round of the KickBoxing Ireland (KBI) Senior National Championships.
The first round took place at the start of March and round two took place in Dublin last week. Senior members Fidelma Martin, Sallie McArdle, Enda Kelly and Conor Cleary entered into various sections competing for the coveted titles.
Assistant Instructor Fidelma Martin had a tough final against the current national continuous title holder from Dublin and settled for a silver medal and a ranking of second in Ireland.
Conor Cleary entered the novice section of the senior point fighting and competing against men from Dublin and Edenderry, finished his day with a silver medal.
Sallie McArdle made her comeback to win a whirlwind hat-trick of gold medals and National Champion titles, after several years off the circuit.
Sallie entered the veteran sections for point and continuous fighting in the first round winning both and went on to enter the light contact senior ladies division and won it, with her final opponent not scoring once throughout the three rounds.
Enda Kelly competed in his first Senior National Championships event with his bo staff weapon. Winning round one, Enda went back for round two and took gold, securing his Irish National Champion title for weapons.
Both Enda and Sallie not only won National Titles, they also win a place on the KBI/WAKO Irish National Kickboxing Team and the chance to compete for European titles in the coveted and prestigious WAKO European Championships in December. MAS-F Juniors take to the floor on April 14 for their turn at KBI Junior/Cadet National titles.