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September 29/30 - AIMAA Ireland National Championships

The AIMAA National Championships scheduled for April 28th/29th have been postponed due to the Foot & Mouth crisis until September 29th/30th.

The championships will be held in the Arklow Sports and Leisure Centre, Seaview Avenue, Arklow, Co. Wicklow. Black Belt and Team events will be held on Saturday and Colour belt Patterns and Sparring on Sunday.

With over one hundred and sixty different events, Continous sparring, Points sparring, Individual forms (Patterns), Team forms, Grappling and Destruction, it's hoped that this event will be on a par with the magnificent AIMAA World Championships held in September of 2000.

There will be a centre stage surrounded by four arenas. All four arenas will be fully matted and only coaches will be allowed ringside.
Event: AIMAA Ireland Open National Championships
Date: Saturday 29th September and Sunday 30th September 2001
Venue: Arklow Sports and Leisure Centre, Seaview Avenue, Arklow, Co. Wicklow

UL Students Shine at Martial Arts World Championships

Last month on the 22nd-24th September saw several Tae Kwon-Do students from the University of Limerick Tae Kwon-Do School come home with World Championship titles to their name after taking part in the 1st open Martial Arts World Championships held in Dublin. This World Championship was hosted by the Action International Martial Arts Association (AIMAA), and was the first Martial Arts Championships open to all styles of martial arts. The event was superbly run with over 1300 competitors from countries such as Germany, U.S.A, Canada, Argentina, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England, Wales, Scotland, Jersey and of course Ireland. The championship was over 3 days and featured continuous sparring, point sparring, patterns, weapons patterns, breaking, grappling and martial arts demonstrations.

The UL student's range from white belts to 2nd degree black belts and between them they brought back 16 medals in total.

In the white to orange belt continuous sparring category, Keith Houston won bronze in the lightweight division. Alan O' Donnell won silver in the welterweight category and Mark Holland won silver in the light-middle weight category. Gerard Hogan won bronze in the light heavy weight division and also won silver in the patterns (hyung) competition, whilst Leonard O'Sullivan won bronze in the heavy weight division.

In points sparring Gary Gallagher won bronze in the light-heavyweight division. Siobhan Ni Cheidigh won bronze in her middleweight points sparring and silver in the continuous sparring division.

One of the best performances from a student from UL came from Maeve O' Grady who won two gold medals in both point sparring and continuous sparring for ladies green to purple belt division. In breaking competition for red to black belts, Eric Dalton won gold in the hand breaking competition and silver in the special breaking technique.

UL Head Instructor Philip Fox 2nd degree black belt won bronze in the black belt pattern competition and gold in the black belt heavyweight point sparring competition. Philip who is the captain for the Irish team also won gold in the main event of the weekend, the open weight team continuous sparring competition. This competition had the 2000 plus audience on their feet as the Irish team won it on the last fight, which Philip won. The other members of the Irish team Darragh Bolton 2nd degree black belt and Jimmey Courtney 2nd degree black belt both from Dublin.

This was an excellent performance from the students of UL who trains extremely hard during the summer months in the UL sports building under Philip Fox. The competition in the world championships was very high with students from all ranges of martial arts including Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Tang Soo Do, Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Tae Kwon-Do. This event would have not being possible without the President and Founder of AIMAA, Grandmaster Hee IL Cho 9th degree black belt with over 45 years experience and one of the most famous martial artists in the world today and Master John Darcy 6th degree belt and AIMAA European Director. The success of the UL team at this exceptional championship reflects the overall high standard of the UL Tae Kwon-Do School, which has gone from strength to strength under AIMAA and the head instructor and coach Philip Fox. We would like to congratulate everyone who took part and thank the University of Limerick and all other companies for the support and sponsorship and to make this event happen and we look forward to the next world championships in 4 years time.

Last Updated: 30 Apr 2001