Three fighters and one Coach from IKK represented at recent BKK English Open. Sean Murtagh from Mullingar Dojo was first fight of the Tournament day in M/W Novice and fought very well for only his second outing against a more experienced Welsh Fighter. The fight went 2 rounds and unfortunately Sean had 2 flags against him and the ref. went with his opponent. Sean will fight in Wales in a few weeks.
Miroslaw Wierzbinski from Mullingar fought in Novice L/W and was also up against a more experienced English fighter. Miroslaw fought well for his first ever time at Knockdown and got some nice jodan kicks in. Unfortunately experience told and the English fighter got the decision after the first round. This fighter went on to win the eventual Tournament.
Aneta Meskauskiene from Killester Dojo fought Emma Markwell in the Open Women’s H/W final as there were just 2 entries in this division. The first round in the final was 3 mins and both girls fought really well neither giving way. Another 2 rounds of 2 mins each was battled out and a split decision was called with Emma gaining the referee’s vote. Aneta fought brilliantly and it could have gone either way. Technique and fighting spirit was excellent from both fighters.
On the 26th of April 2015 there was a national clicker squad training session in preparation for the Ireland v Wales tournament in Cardiff in June. Senpai Dave King was in charge of the session with 2nd kyu Frank O'Connor assisting. Over 20 karateka attended what was an intense session in which the importance of effective distancing in scoring techniques, reflexes, and fitness was focused on. Senpai Dave was impressed with the spirit on display during the session particularly by those from other dojos who had traveled so far to train. The session ended with a team spar. The next session will be held in Galway on 10/05/2015. All those interested in Clicker, and those interested in representing their country in the Cup of Europe being held in Galway in October, should attend. Attendance will be monitored.
There was a grading held in Galway Dojo on the 18th of April 2015. Shihan Kevin Callan held two seperate sessions, taking those attempting 10th, 9th and 8th Kyus in the morning and in a later session taking all those going for 7th through to 3rd kyu. After an intense session where kata, kihon fitness and spirit were sorely tested by Shihan, all 55 attendees of the grading were successful in passing their grades.