T.J. Redmond had an impressive international tournament debut at the world's biggest martial arts tournament last week.
The Wexford Kung Fu and Kickboxing Centre member brought home a hard-earned silver medal from the Irish Open International World Cup event held in City West Arena, Dublin.
The tournament attracted 4,000 competitors from 33 countries for categories from children's right up the age spectrum to veterans, including all the W.A.K.O. Olympic-recognised kickboxing disciplines.
T.J. fought in the Novice boys' event which had a big Irish and international entry. With impressive form in the elimination rounds, T.J. had an extremely close-fought final, losing out by two points in the end in a fight that many thought he should have won.
T.J. will now move up to the Intermediate ranks and, with his dedication to training and current form, he will be sure to make an impact in this category.
T.J. thanked his coach at the event, Mark Rowe, and his club coaches, Bobby O'Neill and Pat Monahan, for their help in preparation for the competition.
The club trains in Image health Studios, Westpoint Businees Park, Wexford, and new members are always welcome.