Sensei Mary O’Neill of the Donegal Faculty of Shotokan Karate membership was in motion on the Mayo Karate Championships final week, the place she obtained a heat welcome.
It was Sensei Mary’s first time officiating at a Nationwide Championship competitors in each kata (type) and kumite (preventing).
Sensei Mary expressed her gratitude to Colin Friel from T.S.Okay. Ballaghderreen for his superb course and constructing her confidence. With the assistance of different skilled nationwide referees, she felt extra comfy and discovered a terrific deal about refereeing in each classes. Regardless of the challenges she confronted within the kumite class, Sensei Mary discovered priceless classes of focus and velocity which helped her enhance her refereeing expertise.
The competitors introduced collectively members from totally different areas, together with Sligo, Dublin, Galway, Mayo, and different elements of Eire. The excessive degree of talent displayed by the members made the competitors much more aggressive.
Sensei Mary additionally participated within the particular person superior kata class for the primary time in 20 years and proudly took residence the bronze medal. Gerard Foley from Letterkenny Shotokan Karate Membership, who accompanied Sensei Mary to the competitors, received silver in his kata class. At a final minute resolution, White Tigers requested Mary to enter the crew kata. Mary managed to influence Gerard (being a yellow belt) to hitch the 2 black belts and entered the crew kata class as an inter-club crew, boasting two totally different types of karate, an uncommon mixture however amazingly introduced again a bronze with no prior follow.
The competitors was a memorable and motivating expertise for everybody concerned. Sensei Mary had the chance to assist a fellow membership, acquire expertise in refereeing, and showcase her dedication and talent in entrance of members from numerous areas. The occasion left everybody feeling completed and motivated for future competitions. Congratulations to the membership on their achievements!