International Fight Night in Dublin
An international Taekwon-Do match between the Irish and English National Taekwon-Do teams took place on Saturday 19th September. The fight night which also featured members of the Scottish national team coached by Master Mark Hutton took place in Rivervalley, Co. Dublin. The afternoon segment, featuring junior competitors, started with an impressive display of prearranged sparring by Jenny Lehane and Ellen Ince and was followed by a number of individual patterns & sparring bouts. The Irish team coached by Mr Stephen Cooley, Mr Adrian Byrne, Mr Paul King & Mr Stephen Ryan and the English team led by Mr Daniel Lammin and Mr Piotr Capaja were on top of their game as they put on many exciting, close-fought matches for the onlooking crowd.After the individual matches it was time for the junior male & female national patterns team of Ireland & England to compete against each other with Ireland taking victory after impressive displays from all teams of Ge Baek, Po-Eun & Hwa Rang.
The junior team sparring honours were split evenly with the English team taking victory in the female section with an extra fight needed when the teams were tied after the 5 bouts, unfortunately Ireland had to pull out their extra fighter due to injury. While Ireland took the win in the male junior team sparring.
After a short intermission, it was time for the senior teams, starting with a display of 4-6th degree patterns with two member of the English team taking to the floor alongside World silver medallist Mr Stephen Ryan from Ireland.
This was followed by a team pattern patterns & sparring competition between the Irish & English Senior teams and a number of exciting individual matches. The highlight of the night saw Ireland take victory in the senior male & female team sparring competition. There was a high calibre of athlete on show with many current & former World Champions such as Louise McCagh, Matt Cadle, Adam Shelley and Zak Espi competing for their respective national teams.
The evening proved very exciting and entertaining, with spectators getting the rare chance to see their national competitors competing internationally on home soil. It was also an excellent run out for the competitors & coaches ahead of the European championships in Scotland next month and a great chance for friends from all three countries involved to meet up again. Thank you to our umpires for giving their time to help run the event and to our volunteers who helped to set up the arena and transport our visitors over the weekend.Posted by Carl Smullen