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Tora-Kan Ballyporeen, National Karate-Club Of The Year 2018

On Saturday 20th October, Tora-Kan karate club in Ballyporeen competed in the Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF) national championships in Moyle rovers. This is the biggest event in the SKIF calendar and was very well attended by clubs from all over the country. With the recent success of Karate for Ireland in the Youth olympics, this ensured a higher level of interest even than normal.

The All-Ireland karate championships, as they are otherwise known, is consistently running for over 40 years, and is the most prestigious event in Irish Karate.

This year, the Ballyporeen club Tora-Kan, with Sensei Kevin Sullivan of Cahir, won the club of the year title by having the most points overall. Points are awarded as follows: Third place = 1 point, second place = 2 points, first place = 3 points. This is a massive achievement for a small village competing against many large towns and cities!

Although the club now has several national champions within their ranks from Juniors to masters, the highlight must be the senior mans kumite (sparring) title going to Sean Corbett! This is the first time the club has achieved this and are all very proud of Sean. Sean is from just outside Cahir in Grange, and his father is well known karate-ka Mick Corbett. This is an incredibly tough event to win and from someone so young as well (20). Sean is hoping to represent Ireland in the upcoming World Championships to be held in CZ next year.

Congratulations to all associated with the club and keep up the winning habit!