All Ireland Tae Kwon Do Champions 2010
A team of 10 students from Warrior Tae Kwon Do travelled to Dublin over the weekend to compete in the All Ireland Open Tae Kwon Do Championships held in the Moran’s Hotel Convention Centre. This was an open event, which attracted teams from all over Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland.
The event started early on Saturday morning with patterns and team patterns, the technical aspect of the martial art.
First up was World senior black belt champion Dwayne Crowley who put on a great display and won silver in a huge section despite a slight stumble. Next in the medals was Sean O Broin taking another silver after drawing on equal points with an English competitor and was just pipped in the runoff.
Current World and British Midlands champion Aishling O’ Driscoll put in another fine display taking bronze in her division.
The team patterns section saw a junior team of Aishling, Sean O Broin and sister Aoife Ni Bhroin entering. With an impeccable performance of the pattern Kwang-Gae they became All Ireland Champions.
The sparring sections started now with 4 rings operating simultaneously. Coloured belts were up first, with 12-year-old Jonathan Hurley the only Warrior in this section, as the rest of the travelling team were Black Belts.
Jonathan came through the initial rounds in style but was unfortunate in the semi-final taking a strong kick to the mid-section which put him off his stride. Taking the bronze was a great achievement and he was unlucky not to make the final.
In the junior Black Belt sparring Sean O Broin was again on top form reaching the semi-finals after some bruising encounters. After some dubious refereeing the decision went against him and he had to settle for bronze, to the surprise of all watching.
Next up in the sparring was Aishling O’ Driscoll and Aoife Ni Bhroin who were competing in the same section. They both battled their way through to the final and faced each other across the mats to decide the All Ireland Champion. Aishling used her experience to keep teammate Aoife at a distance and pick her scores. Aoife, not to be out-done got in close and scored with flurries of kicks and punches. When time was called the refs had called a split decision, the majority in favour of Aishling adding a second All Ireland title to her tally of titles and Aoife added the silver to her earlier gold.
In the senior ladies sparring Anne O’ Mahony took silver in the over 35s division, while Claire Wilcox and Aoife Sheehan competed in the 18+ division. Aoife won her fights well, eventually finding herself facing an English opponent in the final, just missing out on the title by a very close split decision. Claire was unlucky to meet the eventual winner in the semis and picked up a well-deserved bronze.
This was another great outing by the Warrior Team and, though not everyone could be in the medals, all put in great performances and deserve their place on the team.
TEAM: Jonathan Hurley (Innishannon/Ballinhassig), Aoife Ni Bhroin, Sean O Broin , Jamie Lawton (Ballineen), Erik Hilmer (Drinagh), Aishling O’ Driscoll, Aoife Sheehan, Dwayne Crowley, Claire Wilcox and Anne O’Mahony (Clonakilty)