Friday, 22 December 2017

October 29 2016 12:00 AM
There were two reasons to celebrate at a Skerries martial arts club recency when a pair of its members picked up medals in two national events.
The double celebration happened at the World Shotokan Karate-do Federation (WSKF) Club in Skerries where Shauna Fletcher, a Loreto student and club member from Skerries quite literally kicked off the celebrations.
The Balbriggan native took bronze at the WSKF National championships and within weeks was examined and successfully graded by a panel of international instructors from Ireland, Canada and Denmark headed by WSKF Chief Instructor Hitoshi Kasuya, Japan.
The young woman held her composure and nerve despite the enormous pressure of the examination weekend and was commended for her (kata) forms and her kumite technique (fighting).
The newest member of the WSKF Ireland club Skerries is Venezuelan athlete Francisco Astudillo....

An informal connection between WSKF Venezuela and Skerries began at the World Championships in Germany back in 2002.
Throughout that time great relations have developed between the two countries and their competitors who regularly meet at international competitions and seminars which, in part, has resulted in the move to Ireland by the Venezuelan athlete.
Within 48 hours of arrival and with no rest from jet-lag Astudillo took to the coaching seat supporting Irish International and Skerries native Sorcha McCorry who attained Gold at the International Irish Open Championships adding to her already extensive national and international medal successes.
In a reciprocal move Astudillo was supported by McCorry at the CIKA European Championships recently held in Ireland.
The Venezuelan having successfully reached the final to face his old friend and respected rival Mark Sheridan in an excellent match displaying great skills and sportsmanship.
Skerries club members have access to some of the best national and International coaches and training seminars providing support and advice on the continuing development of karate here. For students who qualify, access is also available to high level competition both nationally and internationally.
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