Report: 2011

For the third year running, over 200 Warrior Tae Kwon Do students as well as friends from other martial arts schools, from areas as far apart as Ballydehob and Blarney, gathered in Clonakilty to take part in the “Clash of the Warriors” Martial Arts Championships. The event, sponsored by Dunnes Stores and Dogfish Design, was held at the Clonakilty Agricultural College in Darrara, Clonakilty on Sunday March 13th and attracted a wide range of competitors, with some participants as young as 4 and 5 years old, while some of their parents competed in their own respective sections later in the day.

With the day’s events kicking off shortly after 10am, the first competitors to take to the floor were the under 7s and under 9s, who competed first in the technical “patterns” division before returning to the rings for their sparring matches. With the divisions split by age, grade, gender and, in a number of cases further subdivided by height, there were over 70 different sections to run off during the course of the day. By lunchtime, the 10 & 11 year olds were beginning to take to the floor for their events, to be followed shortly after by the remainder of participants aged 12 and above.

The efficiency with which the event was able to run was due to the outstanding co-operation of all of the competitors, spectators and volunteer officials present on the day. Tournament director Barry O’Mahony, speaking after the event, said “I’m absolutely delighted with how the event turned out. I’m very grateful for the outstanding support that we have received from our sponsors Dunnes Stores and Dogfish Design but I have to give special thanks to all of the people who volunteered to help out on the day. All of our referees and event staff gave up a full day of their weekend and worked tirelessly just to ensure that we could all enjoy ourselves today and, for that, they deserve great praise.”

As well as giving all of the competitors present an opportunity to enjoy the sporting aspect of their martial art in a fun and friendly environment, it also allowed students from each of the 14 Warrior Tae Kwon Do clubs to meet up, make new friends and enjoy the experience of performing in front of a crowd of friends and family.

Congratulations to all who took part on the day.