Karate – WTKO Munster Open Championships to be held in support of Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

UCC Karate Club and our partners WTKO-Cork) are all set to host the WTKO Munster Open Championships on November 21st, in UCC’s Mardyke Arena. The club committee are also delighted to announce that the event will be held in support of Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI), a fantastic primary service charity based in Mallow, which provide highly trained and specialised assistance dogs to children (and their families) with autism.

AADI representatives shall be there on the day with a few puppies-in-training who need to become accustomed to large sports events (sure why not place them in a large hall with screaming karateka!), and available to answer folks questions on what AADI achieves, how can you help (donating, fostering a puppy, or even becoming a weekend border).

The chanpionships is being organised in collaboration with a local Cork Club – the Karate Dojo (aka WTKO Cork), this event is shaping up to be the largest competition UCCKC has hosted in over ten years, with registrations pouring in from across the country. Capitalising on last years affiliation to the World Traditional Karate Organisation (WTKO), and our close links built with WTKO-Cork, UCCKC are delighted to have Angelo Sanna Sensei, Chief Referee of the WTKO, on board as chief referee for the day. Angelo Sensei brings with him over 20 years experience in refereeing regional and international competitions, and it is a truely exciting development for the club to have him lead on the day. Further details can be found here.

In addition to a regional competition run to international standards, UCCKC is also hosting Irelands WTKO Chief Instructor Scott Langley Sensei, whose teachings on body connection and the biophysical underpinnings of karate are not to be missed. This course will be held in UCCs Mardyke Pavilion from 11-3pm on November 15th. Further details can be found here.

All in all, a fairly manic, but exciting weekend lies ahead for the club committee, and club competitors.

For further information on the Championships go to http://karate.ucc.ie/2015wtkomunsteropen/ or the Events Facebook page.

Further information on Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI) can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/855668364489102/ or link into the AADI Facebook Page.

MAddie