Kickboxing Ireland (KBI) will have a busy couple months leading up to the WAKO Cadet & Junior World Kickboxing Championships which will be held in Jesolo di Lido, Italy 15-22 September 2018.

at the end of this month (23-24), the famous White Tiger Challenge will host another of its now well respected international tournament in the fabulous Breaffy House Hotel in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Only second to the Irish Open International, it is the only tournament to attract overseas competitors. This year, the White Tiger Martial Arts club (hosts of the WTC) have confirmed participation once more from the best kickboxing club at present, The Kiraly Team! As well as all the top clubs from Ireland, the WTC will also see a record breaking club participation from Uk and Scotland at this year’s event.

Laois Martial Arts under head coach Shane Culleton will host it’s very first tatami tournament on the 15th of the month. The Laois Open has been growing in interest since it was first announced and it promises to be a well run and organised event under the auspice of KBI. The Laois Open will run tatami divisions for point fighting and light continuous. It has advertised categories for peewees, cadets, juniors, seniors and veterans.

The annual national training camp for all disciplines and age categories will be held for the first time in Citywest Hotel this year on the 28-29 July. This two day event will run 3-4 sessions each day for each discipline. This camp is highly reccomended for all national team athletes but it is also open to non national champions who wish to train with the very best in Ireland. For further information and to check if your participation is admissible please contact the national coach of your desired discipline.

The last tournament before the national team hit the WAKO Cadet & Junior Championships will be the Tallaght Open on Sunday 26th August in Citywest Hotel. This event is growing every year and is now regarded as one of the biggest national tournaments on the KBI calendar. Hosts of the event, Tallaght Martial Arts also have a record breaking participants on the junior and senior national team this year, which clearly shows that the TMA Open will be a very high calibre event and last testing ground for the cadet & junior squad!