Kilkenny’s finest martial arts exponents showed off their outstanding talents over the weekend when they competed at the World Karate Council of Ireland championships.
The national eliminations competition is held annually in the City West Hotel, Dublin to find the country’s top three fighters. The qualifying fighters will then compete as part of the WKC Irish team in the world karate championship this October in Italy.
Kilkenny’s Evolution Martial Arts Academy entered a team of seven competitors in the weapons division. Each member finished in the top three in their category, qualifying them for the Irish team, and also earning them three national titles.
This was a great achievement for the club, proving that they one of the top clubs in the country!
The winners were Gary O’Farrell, first place in the Open men’s musical weapons; Noel Stakelum, first in the 13-17yearrs Open musical weapons and second in freestyle forms; Jason O’Keeffe, second in the 13-17years Open musical weapons and third in the freestyle forms; Julie Stakelum, third in the 13-17 years freestyle forms.
As well, Tom Quinlan won in the 8-12 years Open musical eeapons and was second in freestyle forms; Steven O’Keeffe was joint third in the 8-12 years freestyle forms and Aaron Varely was joint third in the 8-12 years freestyle forms.
The Evolution Martial Arts club is located in the Scouts Den on the Bennetsbridge Road. It offers classes for children and adults in sport karate, xma, hyper, weapons and sparring. Classes are also held in Castlecomer and Thomastown.