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Dorin Zac and other Qwan-Ki-Do enthusiasts practice their martial arts moves for an unpcoming World Championship at Nenagh CBS sports hall. (Pic: Fergal Shanahan).

Dorin Zac and other Qwan-Ki-Do enthusiasts practice their martial arts moves for an unpcoming World Championship at Nenagh CBS sports hall. (Pic: Fergal Shanahan).

Dorin Zac and other Qwan-Ki-Do enthusiasts practice their martial arts moves for an unpcoming World Championship at Nenagh CBS sports hall. (Pic: Fergal Shanahan).

By Cian McCormack A group of Nenagh martial arts enthusiasts are preparing to represent Ireland in a world championship competition in Germany next October under the guidance of a Romanian teacher.

Dorin Cazac, a Qwan-Ki-Do expert from Suceava in Northern Romania, began training nine people in the martial art in September last year.

The Nenagh Qwan-Ki-Do Club is the only one of its type in the State, meaning that its members, when they depart for the world championships, will represent Ireland.

Qwan-Ki-Do is a Kung Fu system based on kicks, sweeps and throws but is not easily defined.

For some it is physical activity, self- discipline, or a competitive sport. For others, it is a means of better self-knowledge, understanding and mastery: truly a way of living.

Qwan-Ki-Do is a discipline which requires total dedication to practice, to mental and physical development. It is one of the greatest methods of Vietnamese martial arts.

Experts of Qwan-Ki-Do say it is comprised of three parts: A martial art method; a martial art personality and a martial art authority for the world.

These three points are inseparable, but the first two are intimately linked. Furthermore, Qwan-Ki-Do emphasises the two basic elements found in all martial arts: The khi or ki (energy) and The dao or do (path)

Qwan-Ki-Do, the phonetic transcript of Quan Khi Dao (The Way of Body's Energy), is being pioneered in Nenagh, and Ireland, by Cazac.

Although Dorin, or Zac, as he is known locally is training his students on a weekly basis he has yet to pick the team to compete in Germany at the World Championships.

The black belt instructor is hoping to pick a team to represent Ireland in the coming weeks. The Nenagh Qwan-Ki-Do-Club, which is affiliated to the Qwan-Ki-Do World Union in Milan, is hoping to obtain sponsorship to send the students abroad for the competition.

“There is a big interest in the martial arts in Nenagh, already there are two Tae Kwon Do clubs and one kickboxing club,” said Zac.

“Qwan-Ki-Do is like other styles. There is a combination of sweeping, throwing and kicking and there is some long stick training,” said Zac.

Zac himself is an accomplished practitioner of this branch of the martial arts. He finished third in the Romanian National Championships in the sparring category and holds an instructor’s black belt.

“Currently the members of the club are practicing and I will pick the team that qualify for the competition later,” said Zac.

“The members of the club are good enough to compete and have a good chance of winning medals at the world championship. I hope to compete but I don’t know whether I will be ready,” Zac added.

“Generally Qwan-Ki-Do improves overall fitness and gives you skills to improve yourself. It is a style of friendship and is not a bad style. It is not aggressive, it is a respectful, friendly and peaceful martial art,” said Zac.

“This is a style for any age. It also incorporates Tai Chi, which is an essential part of Qwan-Ki-Do. Tai-Chi gives you peace of mind because you have to relax when you are doing it,” said Zac.

Training for the sport involves full and semi-contact training. Zac himself engages other sports including running, circuit training, and stretching.

Zac works locally as a carpenter erecting timber frame houses. His Qwan-Ki-Do classes run on Mondays and Fridays at the CBS Hall between 7pm and 8:30pm. Zac (Dorin Cazac) can be contacted at: 087 - 9262013


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