Learning Hub Kickboxing Club Limerick recently travelled to the Unified World Championships held in Carrera, Italy.
Having spent time travelling around Ireland and the UK to gain further experience in the discipline, the club entered the games in high hopes having trained rigorously every day for several months.
There they competed against many other countries in a variety of different disciplines, such as kickboxing, K1, Low kick and boxing. After a number of brilliant performances, the club would head home with an impressive medal tally of 5 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze, with Limerick now home to 4 new world champions.
Hayleigh Kiely was first to make an appearance in the final with her opponent from Ukraine. Wasting little time, Kiely finished the contest in the opening round with a spinning back kick to claim the full contact title.
Tyrone Cronin O Brien was the next to appear in the final. With his opponent withdrawing from the final, Tyrone claimed gold becoming full contact kickboxing champion.
Liam Purcell was scheduled to participate in a brace of finals in Muay Thai and the Low Kick but unfortunately suffered a broken rib in one of his heroic semi-finals and thus ad to settle for a pair of silver medals.
Next up was Sarah Howard in the light contact kickboxing final and after a close fight had to settle for sliver.
In his last ever fight, one of the clubs longest serving martial artist Robert Maloney secured gold in one of his best ever performances, putting years of experience to work.
Last fight of the day was Michelle Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald originally entered the club on work experience for college before beginning training. At the World Championships she became a world light contact K1 champion in one of her finest ever performances.
Having entered the game with the intentions of putting the Hub, Limerick and Ireland on the martial arts map, they more than did that, taking home a huge medal collection with a total of twelve medals.