The long-awaited JKS Tallaght Karate Club returns to competitive activities

JKS Tallaght Karate members celebrate the club’s recent success at the Jin-Ai-Kan Open Championship in Wexford

The JKS TALLAGHT Karate Club returned to action for the first time in over two years when some of their members took a spot at the Jin-Ai-Kan Open Championship in New Ross, Co Wexford.

The 14-man team competed in Kata and Kumite of various age groups and came home with an impressive four golds, two silvers and three bronzes.

Six JKS Tallaght teams competed in the 9-10 mixed category, with Codey Kelly reaching the final and taking silver, separating him from the top spot on the podium by just one point.

Mia Walsh took on Ryleigh Bolger and was beaten by her club teammates in a very tight match, while Miley Connors, Marie Connors and Gintaras Aleknavicius gained experience despite failing to progress during the bout.

In Mixed Kata ’11-12, Peter Lynott and Seamus O’Callaghan met in the semifinals, with the latter taking bronze.

Eamon O’Callaghan got the same color after a great Bassai Dai Kata in the mixed brown-black belt class in ’11-’12 and Yasmine Lynott in the junior girls’ class in ’13-’14 Missed third by one point.

Eric Walsh made it to the semifinals of the eight and under mixed category, but lost to eventual gold medalists, while Charlie Hill, Jamie Leigh Kelly and Ryan O. Riley has a wealth of experience

The hand-to-hand match was just as exciting, with Charlie Hill’s sudden death after a stalemate with rivals in the boys’ six-and-under class.

In boys under 8, Ryan O’Reilly lost to club teammate and eventual gold medalist Eric Walsh in the quarter-finals, while in girls under 10, club teammate Mary Kang Nas and Mia Walsh met in the final, with the latter taking the gold.

Miley Connors, Ryleigh Bolger and Codey Kelly lined up in the Boys 10 and Under, the latter winning gold after Bolger lost to the eventual silver medalist and Connors was eliminated.

Yasmine Lynott represented the club in the Women’s 14 and Under category and took the bronze medal after Jamie-Leigh Kelly took her first Team Hand Gold from the 6 and Under Girls category.

“Excellent result for such a rookie squad” said Philip Kennedy Sensei 2nd Dan JKS. “A lot of experience has been accumulated to prepare for future competitions.”

The club’s next game will be Saturday’s opening round of the IWKA League at Ashbourne, Co Meath.

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