Amy from Killorglin is the new Karate Kid


Karate might not be the Kingdom’s best-known sport, but 11-year-old Amy Mangan from Killorglin is doing her best to put it on the map after clinching silver at the recent Karate World Championships in Szczecin, Poland .

he championships took place over three days from 16 to 18 September and a total of 26 countries were represented at the championships.

Amy only joined Kerry Martial Arts School the last week of January this year but clearly has a natural talent for the sport.

Talk to The KerrymanAmy’s mentor, Sensei Charles Neri of the Kerry Killorglin Martial Arts School, had this to say.

“Winning the silver medal in this global event is a great achievement. Amy trained 4 times a week for over a month before the competition. Her hard work and dedication paid off as she outplayed the most experienced and top belts in her age group. She has done Kerry Martial Arts School, Killorglin and Ireland proud,” he said.

Head Sensei, Charles Neri also competed in the World Championships achieving a 2nd place in the Veteran Kata category, keeping the excellent record of being a top karateka in Ireland and remaining a World Kata Champion by placing still in the top 3 in Kata.

The Kerry Martial Arts School was first opened in 2005 by Charles and 17 years later became the center of Karate County Kerry with over 200 students, two head instructors and three assistant instructors .

“Our goal is to unlock potential while promoting a healthy lifestyle,” Charles said.

“We use modern and dynamic karate methods and are fully committed to the growth and development of each member,” added Charles.

Amy’s father, Ken, is incredibly proud of his daughter.

“You can’t say how proud we are of her. She started karate in January because she’s the reigning Munster champion in Irish dancing and she did it just to develop her core, but after three or four weeks, her teacher Sensei Charles asked me if she would be interested in going to the world championships,” he said.

“I thought he was joking at first, but he saw the potential there. She kept training, she just kept getting better and it was just amazing what happened. “Last Saturday. She loves karate, she says she’s ‘found her sport’. Her teacher, Sensei Charles, he’s a great teacher, he’s amazing. This guy is lonely, he’s top class” , he added.

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