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'The Karate Couple'

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Sorcha McCorry (right) and her fellow karate athlete instructor husband, Francisco Astudillo

Sorcha McCorry (right) and her fellow karate athlete instructor husband, Francisco Astudillo

Sorcha McCorry (right) and her fellow karate athlete instructor husband, Francisco Astudillo


The last number of months have been a karate rollercoaster ride for Skerries native Sorcha McCorry and her fellow karate instructor husband, Francisco Astudillo. Sorcha and Francisco, instuctors at Club WSKF Sedai Skerries and WSKF Sedai Balbriggan, have added yet more medals to their already impressive collection.

The pair recently competed at the ever expanding Irish International Open, where over 600 national and international athletes attended. Francisco's strong performances led him to Gold success, both in Kumite (fighting) and Kata (forms), with Sorcha adding Bronze to her medals tally in Kumite.

Next on the international listings was the WSKF World Cup Championships and international training seminar.

Never before held in Ireland, the event took place over five days with representation from 17 countries who gathered at the impressive National Indoor Sports Campus Arena, Blanchardstown.

In addition to taking part in the championships, McCorry was undergoing examination and thesis presentation for her 4th Black Belt grading under Sensei Hitoshi Kasuya and an international examining panel.

The number attaining this level is relatively small.

Having been successful in her exams, Sorcha now joins a very small group of women worldwide at this senior level.

In the highly competitive male Kata section of the competition, the final saw Francisco Astudillo take Gold by a single point against Japan's Taro Kasuya.

Francisco also took Gold in the men's (Jiyu) Kumite final, and also in the (Shobu Ippon) Kumite final.

The senior female event saw Sorcha overcome Spain's Giuliana Calise in her opening match, then taking Gold against Switzerland's Chantal Steiner. Sorcha also took a silver in Team Kumite. McCorry, as part of Ireland's female Kata team, made history by becoming the first Irish female Kata team to win Gold at a WSKF international championship.

The Astudillo and McCorry duo have just added a further nine medals, seven of which are gold, and five of which are World Cup Championship titles to an already extensive international awards catalogue.

Francisco is an accomplished and experienced karate athlete, referee, coach and national kata coach for WSKF Ireland.

Sorcha is a health and fitness coach, international karate athlete and instructor.

Both are high-level experienced instructors.

Club WSKF Sedai provides karate and self-defence classes for adults, children, advanced, beginners and school-based programmes, and are qualified to teach inclusion groups.

Classes are held at the Rugby Club Skerries Monday 7-8pm and at Balbriggan Community Centre on Tuesdays 8-9pm. Contact Francisco: 089-9884213 or Sorcha: 086-4087532.