Dear Richard

I would like to personally invite you and members of Magyar Kick-Box Szovetseg to the 2014 Irish Open International WAKO World Cup being held on 28th Feb – 1 & 2nd March 2014. In City west Conference and Hotel Centre, City West, Saggart, Co Dublin, Ireland.

The Irish Open has officially become the largest competition in WAKOs history. What an amazing year 2013 was for us The 2013 Irish Open Event had over 2,900 registrations and saw 32 Countries and four continents attend. We had people from as far away as Chili, Venezuela, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and of course Europe.

The Irish Open is run by fighters for fighters in aid of a very worthy charity, the Irish Society for the Protection of Children. All monies raised at this tournament is donated to the children’s charity, NOBODY gets paid. It is, we feel, without question, the must attend tournament of the year in the WAKO Calendar of events.

No other tournament in the world today offers 15 7×7 meter matted areas and one/two rings. It has become the most prestigious fighting tournament in Europe if not the world. A key to its continued growth year is our Luxurious but affordable Hotel and amazing arena which has the capacity to seat 15,000 spectators. They are a unique combination that has significantly contributed to the ongoing success of the event itself.

In 2013 we saw further improvements associated to the event with the first ever MOBILE APP for a tournament being launched, it allowed coaches and fighters the ability to immediately get details of running orders and draw sheets, it was a huge success.

The Irish Open runs ALL WAKO Weight classes in Full Contact – Light Contact – Point Fighting and Musical Forms. The breakdown of competitors for 2013 was as follows.

Registration Breakdown 2013
Full – 156 Competitors
          – Light – 546 Competitors
          – PF – 2012 Competitors
          – Forms – 265 Competitors

2013 saw a particular increase in the forms division once again increasing by a incredible 30% with over 265 competitors over the three days. Full Contact increased by 20% ALSO. We are very grateful to our Premium Platinum main sponsors Airtricity, Top Ten, SAP, Allstar Gear and KWON for their support for the event and the charity itself.

We had the greatest fighters in the world today converge on Dublin to see who really is the best. In Point Fighting male we had people like, Jack Felton,, Kalon Page, Robbie Lavoie, Richard Veres, Mark Mc Dermott, Lazlo Gombas, Dean Barry, Zolt Moradi, Roman Brundl, Krisztia¡n Ja¡roszkievicza , Giordano Ennio, Tamas Imre, Raymond Daniels, Edoardo Esposito, Katerina Gallusova, Mercedesz Veres, Rachel House, Gullotti Luisa, Natasha Walker and Gloria De Bei. A virtual who is who of point fighting in the world today, unmatched quality and variety at any other tournament.

In Light contact we had household names like, Zolta¡n Dancso , Mark Pryor, Elijha Everil, Dessie Leonard, Adam Shelley, Alex Barrowman, Maarten De Winter, Jordan Duffy, Ross Gladwin, Diletta Faiola, Lilly De La Cour, Sinead Beasley, Aine Leonard, Cargano Roberta, Panizollo Fabio.

In Full contact again fared well this year with fighters with over 156 fighters from 18 countries. like, Ralf The Bee" Kubanek", James Wilson, Gio Marchese, Gabor Gorbics, Piotr Odwazny, Hallgeir Lien, Michael Krøl, Terje Unnerud, Daniel Svop, Kennith Okungbowa, Pernille Bure Karlsen, Kristin Vollard, Monika Markowskam, Thea Therese Naess and Cathrine Heggoy Fonnes

Due to the continued growth in the event itself, we now have to close off registration two weeks in advance, to allow appropriate scheduling and event management. Therefore all registrations on must be done by Friday 14th Feb 2014. We would like to remind you that all adult Weight Control take place of Thursday/Friday 27/28th February and All Junior/Cadet registrations take place on Saturday 1st March, NO registrations or Weight control will be done on Sunday the 2nd March.

If you require visas all the appropriate requests must be made on or before 1st December, no visa applications can be accommodated after that date.

We are very proud of what the Irish Open has become. This truly gives your members a rare opportunity to compete against international fighters of the same level. It has evolved in to the competitor’s tournament. We look forward to seeing all our friends at what is a very unique get together of the world’s most talented Martial Artist Athletes in what will be an inspirational weekend filled with energy and passion unmatched in the fighting tournament scene today.

I have included our 2014 poster below and I would appreciate it if you would put it up on the website associated with Magyar Kick-Box Szovetseg If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate in contacting me at your earliest convenience.

Roy Baker,
WAKO Executive Board Member
Technical Director Kickboxing World Combat Games 2013
Irish Open Organizing Committee

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