Squad Training in Innishannon
On the evening of Saturday February 27th a group of over 40 Warrior Tae Kwon Do students, travelling from clubs as far afield as Bishopstown and Skibbereen, met at Innishannon Tae Kwon Do club for a night of tough training with the National Squad.
The class, which was open to all ages and grades, gave students the chance to not only train alongside members of the current squad, but also to demonstrate their own ability in front of the coaches, with the hope of themselves being called up for future events. For the duration of the class, Dan and Barry O’Mahony led the students through a series of sparring drills and bouts of free sparring during which the students were afforded the opportunity to put these techniques into practice. The class was an intense, non-stop affair and it certainly tested the fitness levels of all taking part.
As well as being an important training session for the squad members, the event also served as a very successful fundraising event, with over 200 euro being raised from class fees – all of which has been donated to the squad fund, which provides sponsorship to squad members when representing our clubs at major events. This includes 9 of our squad members who will be travelling to England for the NITA Midlands Championships on March 7th. As a gesture of thanks to all who attended, the squad members (who were already very tired) each performed 50 push-ups in front of the class.
Thanks to all who attended, especially to the beginner and white belt students and those who travelled long distances to support the squad.