Two Irish Karate champions for local clubs


LOCAL athletes were among the medals at the recent Karate Ireland All–Ireland Open Championships, held in the SETU Arena in Waterford.

Helena Stitt, from Bangor, outclassed the field in her individual kumite (sparring) event, which included a 5-0 victory in her final fight.

Not to be outdone, Helena’s brother Harrison made it a family affair by winning his first Irish kumite medal (bronze) in his individual sparring event.

Fellow student Tyler McBride followed in the footsteps of his own talented brother Dylan, by claiming his first Irish medal, also a bronze in kumite.

Ben Ritchie, from Newtownards, demonstrated the progress he has been making and lifted a well-deserved silver in the Cadet Boys kumite.

To round off a great day, Amy Adair, for the third time, reclaimed her ladies kumite title. Coach Cavid Brashaw said he was delighted with all the students’ performances.

“Traditionally we have been very strong in the kata (pattern) events,” he said. “It’s great to see the progress we are making in kumite.

“The 2024 competition calendar is filling up quickly and our students are looking forward to winning more trophies.”

For more information about Karate, relaxing Tai Chi for adults and health recovery, plyometric fitness classes and self-defence, contact David on 07760 337578 or check out the website

There are no long-term contracts and beginners of all ages are welcome.