Gold & Bronze at the Recchia-Smaal International Cup

Last Sunday I took part in my third WKF Style Karate Competition in Citywest, Dublin. This was another step up for me as I was fighting in a higher weight class than usual (there was no -55kg category in this event) and so the category itself was larger and of course the competition was very tough. Going up against some of the best fighters as a newbie is still a very big challenge for me and I’m still finding my feet in this sport. I took part in both the Senior Womens -61kg division and also the team event as part of the IKKU Team.

First up was the -61kg division and this is where I really struggled to get started. The scores that I got at the last competition did not appear to be scores at this competition and so although I got a few fights under my belt and a good performance to win a Bronze medal, I was really disappointed to not go a little further. I was feeling the frustration as I’m still very much learning to understand what a judge is looking for in order to score points and reading the rule book a few times still hasn’t helped! Like anything, the best way to learn is to get stuck in, compete and see what works and what doesn’t! I definitely have a good idea of what doesn’t work now and luckily I have so many ideas and techniques to work on over the next few weeks. I had a ball in the Team Event and was really happy to be part of the winning team along with two amazing fighters from my Club. Getting to compete alongside these girls who have so much experience and have been part of the Irish Team for many years was a privilege and I was chuffed to have been part of it. So a Gold and Bronze isn’t too bad at all I guess…

Medallists from Senior Women -61kg
IKKU Team Winners

I’m loving this new sport and although my kickboxing style sticks out like a sore thumb I’m definitely  not going to be giving up any time soon. I’m so lucky to be training with some great coaches and athletes which is only going to make me better. Four months along the Karate journey and looking forward to the next event!

This weekend I’m switching back to Kickboxing mode as I’m flying out to Budapest for another Kickboxing World Cup which is part of the WAKO Kickboxing World Series. I’ll be taking part in -55kg, -60kg and the Open Weight categories and after looking at the entries for this event from around the World it looks set to be a pretty tough challenge. Really excited to get out there and challenge for some Gold!