Monday 10 December 2018

The Marcus duo make the grade

Numerous hours, days, weeks and months of training came to a fruition when finally Head of Dundalk Karate, Mary Marcus and her daughter Catherine stood in front of Sensei Fran Nangle 7th Dan, Head of the Irish National Wado-Kai Federation, and Sensei Stephen Hughes 5th Dan from Dundalk Karate's sister Club INSK.

With temperatures rising in the recent heatwave, keeping cool was definitely not on the menu for the Marcus duo.

Having Sensei Nangle make regular visits to the Dundalk Karate dojo in the Redeemer Family Resource Centre, Dundalk, and with his most recent visit only three months prior to this scheduled grading, homework galore was the name of the game.

Numerous extra hours were squeezed in not only at the dojo, but at home due to Catherine having her Leaving Cert also on the agenda during these last few weeks. Scheduled training sessions were key, even during the exam weeks.

Sensei Nangle commented afterwards, 'Excellent Grading, outstanding standard from both Mary and Catherine, and after my last visit I can see that they both put in numerous hours of hard work. Congratulations ladies.'

Having taken some time to digest everything, Sensei Marcus commented, 'Having Sensei Nangle and my mentor, Sensei Hughes on the Grading Panel was a privilage. Knowing that they would give their honest opinion and critisize any error made during the grading made Catherine and myself work even harder in the weeks prior to the grading.' Marcus went on to say,

'Knowing that we both passed our grading under Sensei Hughes and Sensei Nangle's watchful eye is an honour and it inspires us both to remain vigilant in our training and continuously strive to ensure we always maintain such high standards. OSS'

With INSK also hosting a Kumite Seminar with World and European Kumite Champion, Jordan Thomas on the same day, the excitement didn't stop there for Dundalk Karate. Junior member, Abigail Mulholland had an exhausting hour long kids kumite class with Jordan Thomas where fun and games while learning vital kumite skills were key, this was quickly followed by two more kumite sessions specifically designed towards the more advanced student and with Junior member Liam Hoey being now joined by Catherine Marcus after her sucessful grading on the tatami matts, sweat and hard work was the name of the game.

Having established Dundalk Karate just over 5 years ago, this local karate club has gone from strength to strength and is thrieving under Sensei Marcus's guidance.

With numerous classes taking place from the recently introduced Ninja Kids which caters for any child under 8 years of age to the All Inclusive Karate Classes which caters for anyone with additional needs, Dundalk Karate is certainly catering for all ages and abilities.

Currently Dundalk Karate is the only karate club in Dundalk and County Louth that is a member of CIKA Ireland and with members being able to gain access to train with not only European and World Champions in both Kata and Kumite and to also have opportunities to compete at not only National but International level the world is their oyster.

If you would like any further information on Dundalk Karate you can contact Sensei Mary Marcus 3rd Dan on 086 353 1625 or

Congratulations to both Sensei Mary Marcus 3rd Dan and Sensei Catherine Marcus 2nd Dan on your achievement.

The Argus