Medals Abound For Swords Karate Club

Swords Karate WinPictured here are ome of the students from Swords Karate Club who attended the JKS Nationals Championship 2015 in Tuam, Co. Galway recently. The club won 37 medals in total and took home nine National titles.

Students of Swords Karate Club took home a staggering amount of medals, 37 in total, and including 9 National titles from the recent JKS National Championships. Clubs from all over Ireland attended the championship held in Tuam, Co Galway on Sunday 17th May, and the Swords students were up against some very tough competitors across the disciplines of kata (forms) and kumite (fighting).The success of the club at national level is directly attributable to the standard and quality of instruction students receive from club instructor, Dermot O’Keeffe Sensei 6thDan, who is himself a World Champion in the sport.
Sisters Ali and Jennifer O’Keeffe took the national titles in both the Junior and Senior kata and kumite individual events respectively, a total of four individual national titles between them. They then went on to successfully captain their teams and take national titles in the Junior and Senior Kata events with club mates, Rachel Smith and Athar Farooqi on the Junior team and Emma O’Neill and Jolanta Ploskonka on the Senior Team. One of the youngest students to compete, Ashad Farooqi took the National title in the Gohon Kumite for 8 – 10 year olds while Gess Kolkovskij took the title in the Veterans (Over 40s) Kata. Philip Kennedy and Paul Fitzpatrick kept the winning streak going for the club by taking the National title and runner up position in the Senior Men’s kata category proving that karate is not just for kids.
Based in Swords for the past 14 years, Swords Karate Club provides a range of structured Karate classes for all age groups from age 4 upwards in the full time karate facility in Seatown Business Campus and new members are welcome to join at any time during the year.
Next up in the club’s calendar is their Summer Camp from Monday July 13th to 17th and it promises to be lots of fun with a wide range of karate activities planned.