In November, Savate Ireland welcomed members of London Savate, Oxford Savate, City Combat and Dorset Savate for the latest instalment of the Irish Savate Open. Once more, it was a warm and welcoming event with a great seminar on the Friday night followed by junior and senior fights filling the Saturday. There were 100 entries, from 4-year old novices to senior World Champions - a veritable feast of competitive engagement in a friendly atmosphere!
Two City Combat novices, competing for the first time, have written the following about this first opportunity to test themselves:
"I have never been to Ireland before. This competition was a brief chance to visit the country and test my kickboxing skills. I had a great time, and I will definitely enter more competitions in the future."
"Landing in Ireland, I felt nervous and apprehensive for the day ahead. It turned out to be an amazing day, meeting so many different people with a passion for Savate. I watched some brilliant matches whist counting down to my own fight, such a great adrenaline rush! That 90 seconds felt like a whole training session using all the skills I have learnt in the training sessions. The experience was unforgettable and I very much look forward to the next one!"