Cookstown Mugendo success

Jason Bell opens the scoring in his Irish title fight
Jason Bell opens the scoring in his Irish title fight

JUNIOR Team Hit-Man of Cookstown Mugendo took part in the toughest national championship in Carrickmacross last Sunday.

The W.A.K.O National Junior Championships secure the Irish team for the world championships and of course two fighters of Cookstown Mugendo will represent Ireland in Serbia this year.

Sensei Joe Hagan took four fighters to Co. Monaghan and all fighters took on Irelands best to win medals in their Light Contact category’s.

First up for the Co. Tyrone club was Rhys Anderson who fought in the -42kilos category. Rhys showed good use of the mat in his first fight at national level after winning Gold to become Ulster Champion last month. Fighting strongly he attacked with power to take home Bronze.

Next up for Cookstown Mugendo was -49kilo Ulster Champion Barney Corcoran. Barney’s abilities in his punching power helped him to take Sliver and represent Ireland at the 2012 W.A.K.O World Championships. A great honour for the young fighter.

-47kilo Ulster Champion Niall McCloskey fought James Duffy of Collonney Kickboxing Club. The fight was difficult for both fighters as their fighting styles clashed. As always Niall fought with great ability but narrowly missed out on the decision to take home Bronze.

+69kilo Ulster Champion Jason Bell fought Adam Wall of Waterford Kickboxing Club. The fight was equally matched at the start of the first round but as the bout continued Bell took the upper hand. Bell was able to strike from distance making great usage of his leg reach to land huge scores to Wall’s head and body. Once Bell seen Wall was having difficulty coping with the attacks he moved in and opened up a ‘rapid fire’ of punches to which Wall could not counter nor reply.

This proved to be the factor Bell needed to take the unanimous decision, win Gold and represent Ireland at the 2012 W.A.K.O World Champioships in Serbia. Congratulations Jason Bell on becoming W.A.K.O National Junior Champion 2012.