Zanshin Karate Jutsu: Home of Champions

Tonight two of our club stepped into the octagon and made us all proud. For those of you that missed it, you missed some excellent performances so here is just a short update for you on what happened.

Clan Wars XVII was an opportunity for Carl and Aaron to take their place as ulster champions and they both did the job beautifully.

Carl was up first fighting for the place of best bantamweight in Ulster facing Ross Corriston from NGNI. I was talking to Carl beforehand and he was confident and focussed. To be honest, I had no doubt he would win and he did so in a decisive manner with a fantastic armbar about 20 seconds into the first round. There isn’t much to be said about the fight.. Only so much can happen in 20 seconds, but it was clear that Carl had a game plan and he executed it perfectly. The setup for the armbar was perfect and it was fully deserving of the submission of the night.

Carlos "The King" McNally

Carlos “The King” McNally

Aaron stepped up shortly after to face Glenn Irvine, also from NGNI, to find out who is the best welterweight in Ulster.

I don’t think anyone in our club would ever have believed there was much doubt on this, though Aaron’s opponent put up a hell of a fight. Irvine was a heavy hitter and landed a couple of solid rights on Aaron in the first before hitting him with an accidental kick to the groin. The fight stopped for a few minutes as Aaron recovered and at this point my heart was in my mouth. I don’t know how the hell he got back up but he did and he finished the first round well. The second round was a total war with both fighters exchanging heavy blows. Aaron was taken down twice, but Irvine didn’t do much to capitalise on the takedowns and Aaron seemed unphased. By the start of the third round, Irvine looked tired and Aaron came out strong and hard. He dominated the third round taking Irvine down and unleashing some gruelling ground and pound. Respect is due to Irvine who took it and kept going. After a few takedowns and GnP onslaughts by Aaron he eventually cinched in a beautiful rear naked choke and an exhausted Irvine was forced to tap. It was an incredible fight and was, rightfully, named the fight of the night.

Aaron Kennedy (Picture courtesy of Bobby Sheppard)

Aaron Kennedy (Picture courtesy of Bobby Sheppard)

My throat hurt from shouting… But not as much as my ears hurt from Tom and Pete’s equally enthusiastic cheering. ¬†Two great fighters and two great champions. A credit to the club and a credit to the coach who helped them get there.

The Champs and the Coach who made it happen (picture stolen from Carls facebook)

The Champs and the Coach who made it happen (picture stolen from Carls facebook)