Scion Open International Tae Kwon Do Championships 2014
Members of the Warrior Martial Arts competition squad were in action at the Scion Open International Tae Kwon Do Championships in Little Island today. The 8 person squad strong comprised entirely of black belts for the occasion.
The event attracted over 300 competitors from all over Ireland including many talented and experienced fighters.
The day started for us with Andrew Foley fighting in the under 16’s black belt section. He dispatched his first opponent from TII handily to meet a very tall experienced fighter from East Coast TKD. He claimed silver after a hard fought final.
Michael Goggin and Ryan Grunwell took to the mat in the under 17’s black belt section. Both young fighters put up gutsy performances against excellent competitors to gain some valuable competition experience.
Elyssa Curran overcame two strong opponents to meet a very talented opponent from Red Star TKD, Dublin. After a very entertaining final Elyssa narrowly lost by decision after a good technical match and had to settle for silver on this occasion.
In the senior sections Claire McCarthy and Sarah Murphy were entered into the same section, both were unlucky to medal after meeting some very experience and familiar opponents in their first rounds. Anya Curran competed in the light weight section, claiming hard fought decisions in her first fight, only to lose a very controversial decision after extra time in the final to claim silver. This was Anya’s second competition of the weekend, having competed in an open martial arts intervarsities the previous day where she again claimed silver.
Barry O Mahony returned to competition and met current -70kg ITF world champion Dylan Fitzgibbon in his first round. Barry fought a very technical fight in a close match but Dylan’s ring craft and speed paid off to earn a decision win over Barry.
Overall the standard was very high in each section but the improvement in our competitors was evident with each competitor putting in a gutsy technical performance. We look forward to the challenge of the upcoming competitions in February.