Gold at IMAA Open!

Last Sunday I took a trip up to Dundalk to take part in the annual Irish Martial Arts Association Open. This is a kickboxing competition that welcomes some of the best talent in Irish Kickboxing and after a couple of months of being out of competitive action I was looking forward to getting some much needed mat time. I don’t often to get to compete at National competitions as with the international circuit being so hectic and with every year I get older it gets harder and harder to be able to recover quickly enough to compete at my best. It’s even tougher as the level of competition in Ireland is akin to an international level event anyway so to have this event was great! It had been the National Championships back in February when I last completed at a National competition so it was time to dust off the cobwebs and get stuck in.

Podium IMAA Open

A couple of months back I had made a decision to get back to training properly as I had got a little bit complacent and was lacking in motivation to really train properly. I’m a pretty competitive person and so I knew I needed a competition to focus on in order to give myself something to train for. With the next big international not until the end of September it was either have an even lazier summer or find a top level completion at home. The IMAA Open was the perfect option! With that in mind I had put a really good 6 weeks training in leading up to this competition and with a few days out I was really looking to put that into practice on the day.

Action Shot IMAA Open (RK)
Caradh in action against Bo Mangan. Photo by Richard Kelly.

As expected there was some top Irish female kickboxers taking part and I got three really tough fights which I was delighted to come through on the right side. Two of these girls are WAKO World and European Medallists so getting the win was a much needed boost for my confidence and showed me that I’m on track to getting where I want to be. As usual a big thanks to Dave Heffernan for coaching me! A couple of small adjustments (and some more dieting) should see me ready for Belgium in six weeks time.

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Caradh in action against Bo Mangan. Photo by Richard Kelly.