JAPAN’S First Secretary to Ireland Tatsuo Kitagawa expressed “heartfelt gratitude from the people of Japan” to the organisers and supporters of the Martial Arts Tsunami fund-raising events held at the Tullamore Court Hotel last weekend.
Masters of 11 different martial arts styles joined forces with GAA stars and professional boxers to host the Martial Arts Tsunami Support event, at the Tullamore Court Hotel. “This kind of event is a very, very good idea because in a way it promotes the culture, at the same time they are fundraising which is very generous for us,” added First Secretary Kitagawa. “It is a very unique event - here in the middle of the country it is a very nice surprise to me.”
While martial arts accounted for the main events over the weekend, musicians, origami experts, artists and entertainers all donated their time for the fund-raiser. The GAA was represented by Offaly footballer Niall McNamee and Kildare’s Dermot Early who hosted children’s competitions. Similar competitions were held by Kilkenny hurler, Eddie Brennan and Offaly’s Shane Dooley.
On Saturday afternoon there was the children’s entertainment with Face Painting, an Entertainer from Stage Craft Ireland and two live magic shows. For adults in the Lobby Area of the hotel there was a wide selection of attractions from Angel Cards to Amatsu Massage, Beauty and Nail Therapy along with Japanese Foods and Japanese Arts and Crafts.
Appropriately on Sunday there was an Easter Egg hunt which attracted a very enthusiastic gathering as did the other children’s entertainments especially the GAA Target Games.
Another highlight of the weekend was the International Martial Arts Seminar which attracted high ranking Instructors from numerous disciplines of Martial Arts. Six different master grades from five different martial arts were present, along with senior instructors from five others with the lowest graded instructor being a current World Champion.
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