Thursday 22 February 2018

Dundalk Karate are celebrating once more

Dundalk Karate are celebrating once again

DUNDALK Karate were celebrating again last week after competing in the very first St Joseph's Shotokan Karate Club Open Summer Championships in Dublin.

Despite the fantastic weather of late, and school holidays, huge numbers from clubs all over Ireland travelled to Artane in Dublin to attend what was a hugely competitive event.

First to compete in their Kata Category (form) was Liam Hoey and Kata McNamara, who ended up going head-to-head in the final round which had their Sensei, Mary Marcus and all their family and friends holding their breath.

Gold was awarded to Liam and silver to Katie, and to say that the whole of Dundalk Karate were jumping up and down in celebration was an understatement.

Next up was Chloe Joyce who came joint fourth, just narrowly missing out in her hugely subscribed Kata category.

Following in his sister's footsteps and with everyone on tenterhooks, Christopher Joyce took to the tatami matts for his Kata category where he held his nerve against some experienced opponents and won a superb silver medal.

With all the Kata categories completed Katie McNamara was first up in the Kumite, who battled through to an amazing gold medal.

This was quickly followed by Liam Hoey who fought his way to the final. With the scores tied at the end of a great fight, it was up to the judges and when Liam was awarded first place the whole hall erupted in huge applause.

Christopher Joyce narrowly missed out on a medal but with numerous coaches and judges remarking on his huge improvement since a previous competition, this was an outcome everyone including his Sensei, Mary Marcus was chuffed about.

To round off the day, Catherine Marcus took to the mats for the under-15 Kumite, ensuring a hugely successful finale to a hugely successful day taking home another gold medal.

If you would like any further information on Dundalk Karate, why not contact Mary Marcus 086 353 1625.

The Argus

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