Groundbeaking new martial arts venture for Tullamore

THE locality of Tullamore is set to benefit from a groundbreaking new venture in Martial Arts and Training when this September The Midlands Martial Arts and Training Centre opens its doors.

THE locality of Tullamore is set to benefit from a groundbreaking new venture in Martial Arts and Training when this September The Midlands Martial Arts and Training Centre opens its doors.

The venture is a completely non-profit enterprise which will provide a purpose built facility for all Martial Arts clubs and organisations to run classes and seminars.

The facility will also be made available to other training organisations and community groups.

The venture came about when for the first time ever in Ireland, local and National Martial Artists came together in huge numbers for the Martial Arts Tsunami Support (M.A.T.S) seminar last Easter weekend. The seminar which raised over €6,500 for the Japanese Tsunami relief fund, showed the benefits of local Martial Arts groups working together to promote their beloved sport.

This led to this new facility, which is the first of it’s type in Ireland and will be situated in the Tanyard, Tullamore.

Local Martial Arts groups held fundraisers in order to ready the new Centre for opening in early September. On Friday, August 5 a race night was held in The Wolftrap, Tullamore and was a huge success, particularly with the support recieved from the local business community and public in purchasing horses and sponsoring races.

On Saturday, August 13 a seminar was held in St. Mary’s Youth Centre, Tullamore. This was attended by students and Instructors from different parts of Ireland and four different styles were taught.

The end result is that the funds raised will now be utilised to fit out the new Centre with s start date in early September.

Confirmed styles being taught there will be Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing, Kenpo Karate, Jujitsu, Boxing, Tai-Chi and the Directors hope to add even more variety when the Centre is up and running.

Further information can be gotten by contacting midlandsmatc@gmail.com , Facebook (Midlands Martial Arts Centre), or any of the organising committee.