Celtic Dragons Kickboxing Club once again made history for Martial Arts in Laois by hosting the first International Kickboxing Fight Night in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel on November 6.
The show was months in the planning and all the hard work paid off on the night with champion fighters from France and Galway taking to the ring. The fights were over four rounds and fighters from all over Ireland took part in light and full contact bouts to earn their place on the International Kickboxing Federation’s Rankings.
The show was the first of its kind to ever be held in Portlaoise and fight fans from all around the country came to enjoy the action and the fights were so spectacular, it will have people talking for a long time to come.
The event was opened by an exhibition bout by recently crowned IKF U-8 All-Ireland Champion Casey O’Neill and fellow fighter Aisha Ikeje in a two minute demonstration sparring match. Both girls worked very hard during the year with their training and attending competitions all over the country. Aisha has won a number of competitions this year and looks forward to competing in many more next year.
Next up to the ring was Junior light-contact fighter Jack Wiseley against Terence Torres from Limerick Kickboxing. Jack is currently placed second in Ireland U-14 with the International Kickboxing Federation with a fighting record of 16 wins out of 17 fights for the young 13 year old Mountmellick native.
Jack has been training with Celtic Dragons for only two and a half years and has grown from novice to advanced level due to his hard work and dedication to the sport. He is a true role model for young people proving that hard work pays off.
Celtic Dragons senior kickboxers Sinead Tynan, Gearoid Delaney and Diarmiud Treacy also took to the ring after weeks of dedication and hard training. All fighters did very well in their respective bouts on the day and hopefully will continue their training for future bouts.
Over the last few years the popularity of kickboxing has grown in Ireland and gone from strength to strength, especially in the Laois area with many clubs offering various Martial Arts to people of all ages and fitness levels.
Kickboxing is proving to be one of the more popular as it is a fun and effective way to learn self-defence and increase all-round fitness. Celtic Dragon’s members have proven this through achieving not only great results at competitions but also as a great method of increasing all round health and fitness for people of all ages and fitness levels.
Celtic Dragon’s Coach and IKF Promoter Tommy Delaney would like to thank all Coaches, Fighters, Judges, Referees and Assistants who helped to make this show such a great success.