Wick­low schools well rep­re­sented in fi­nals

MAR­TIAL ARTS A.I.M.A.A. CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS

Bray People - - Sport -

TWO WICK­LOW TaeK­won-Do schools did their county proud at Grand­mas­ter Hee Il Cho’s Action In­ter­na­tional Mar­tial Art’s As­so­ci­a­tion (A.I.M.A.A) “Open Na­tional cham­pi­onship fi­nals” in the Aer Lin­gus so­cial and ath­letic as­so­ci­a­tion (A.L.S.A.A) sports com­plex in Dublin Air­port on Satur­day the 27th and Sun­day the 28th of Septem­ber.

Fourth De­gree in­struc­tor Mrs. Doreen Byrne’s Aughrim school and sec­ond De­gree Mr. Paul Healy’s Laragh and Ti­na­hely schools took in 28 place­ment (1st, 2nd, 3rd) medals al­to­gether.

Aughrim school of Cho’s Tae Kwon Do com­peti­tors were Mrs. Doreen Byrne, Miss Tr­ish Kenny, Eileen O’Leary, Ni­amh Kear­ney, Lorcan Shan­non, Mae­liosa O’Leary, Jim and Grace Long, Ni­amh and Eimear Harper, Au­drey Travers, Blaithin and Fi­achra O’Leary and Casey Keogh.

While com­peti­tors from Mr.Healy’s schools were, Mr.Paul Healy, Stephanie Mer­ri­gan, Ali­son Kear­ney, Eve Hamil­ton, Nathan Carr, Ste­wart Carr, Su­nita Suku­mara, Nicole Browne, Cal­lum McLaugh­lin and Fran­cis Wil­liams.

There was a mas­sive turnout of com­peti­tors from schools across the coun­try and even from as far as Scot­land and Jer­sey.

This tour­na­ment was open to any style or as­so­ci­a­tion of mar­tial arts to come and com­pete against one an­other, so, as al­ways the stan­dard was very high. The week­end kicked off with a wel­come from Mas­ter John Darcy A.I.M.A.A Euro­pean Di­rec­tor, Mas­ter Peter Byrne A.I.M.A.A Ire­land Di­rec­tor and Mas­ter John Kirk­wood A.I.M.A.A Scot­land Di­rec­tor all wish­ing each com­peti­tor well, and re­mind­ing them that winning or los­ing is not im­por­tant, en­joy­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of com­pe­ti­tion is what it’s all about.

Satur­day’s events were the spar­ring and power break­ing di­vi­sions with spar­ring up first. This cat­e­gory drew in a lot of kick­box­ers as they know they will al­ways find tough com­pe­ti­tion there, and they were not dis­ap­pointed.

The rounds were two min­utes du­ra­tion and the fi­nal was 2x2 min­utes for se­niors, one minute rounds with a 2x1.5 fi­nal for ju­niors. This means on av­er­age a se­nior fighter would have fought four two minute rounds with very lit­tle rest just to get to into the fi­nal to face an­other 2x2 minute rounds dis­play­ing the ex­cel­lent con­di­tion of the com­peti­tors in­volved in Mar­tial Arts.

Later on Satur­day the power break­ing cat­e­gory was held and as al­ways this sec­tion had the crowd’s full at­ten­tion. Noth­ing at­tracts a crowd quicker than watch­ing some­one break­ing stacks of tim­ber! There were many en­tries into this sec­tion for Black Belts but as al­ways they were quickly sep­a­rated into those who can, and those who have to prac­tice.

A.I.M.A.A al­ways have great break­ers due to the guid­ance of Grand­mas­ter Cho who is world fa­mous for his un­be­liev­able power breaks. This sec­tion can be more danger­ous than the spar­ring with some com­peti­tors com­ing out with se­ri­ous in­juries, one man break­ing four bones in his foot, that’s why you shouldn’t try it at home. Mar­tial artists con­di­tion the strik­ing parts of their body to with­stand the im­pact of hit­ting th­ese boards with min­i­mal in­jury to them­selves.

Sun­day was tra­di­tion day with medals go­ing for best pat­terns, best team pat­terns and best and one-step self de­fence, again the com­pe­ti­tion was fierce. Each ring had five judges so no mis­takes could go un­no­ticed.

Th­ese judges were looking for sep­a­ra­tion of move­ment, power and good bal­ance through proper stance. Team pat­tern judges look for the same but also uni­for­mity and tim­ing of move­ments be­tween team mem­bers. Black Belts were up first again and the stan­dard was ex­cel­lent, and be­cause this was an open tour­na­ment there was a whole range of pat­terns on show but none more ex­cit­ing than Mas­ter Kirk­wood’s son John per­form­ing his pat­tern which won the divi­sion.

One-steps were last up, th­ese are move­ments to de­fend your­self from a punch in just one step. There are so far 55 dif­fer­ent on­esteps in Grand­mas­ter Cho’s cur­ricu­lum, each one a sim­ple but ef­fec­tive es­cape from an at­tack sit­u­a­tion. The Scot­tish were un­stop­pable in this divi­sion and the hours they had spent train­ing in the Do-Jang was ev­i­dent and paid off.

This com­pe­ti­tion had a cat­e­gory to suit all as­pects of Mar­tial Arts, it was also well run and fairly judged. Every­one un­der the age of twelve re­ceived a par­tic­i­pa­tion medal so every­one left happy.

If you want in­for­ma­tion on Tae-Kwon-Do or the avail­abil­ity of the near­est classes to you, check out www.healysmar­tialarts.c o m <http://www.healysmar­tialarts.com/> , email healysmar­tialarts@gmai l.com or ring me Mr. Paul Healy on 0872484570 or Mrs. Doreen Byrne on 086-1631271.

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