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Darryl Murray

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Mr Darryl Murray began his training in the art of Kenpo Karate at the age of 6 in 1989 at The Loreto College Kenpo Karate School. He attended his first competition in Clonsilla, as a white belt, and won 3rd place for techniques - this was his first big achievement and to this day it is one of his fondest memories. In 1991 he successfully graded for his yellow belt, and sees this as his most difficult grade, second only (slightly) to his black belt.

Mr Murray graded to the rank of 3rd kyu Brown Belt in 1995 and sees this as the turning point in his career, which would see him strive towards his Black Belt. He achieved this goal in December 2000 under the American Kenpo International Senior Council - President Tony Cogliandro, President of the Board of Directors Don Rodrigues, European Senior Council Directors Maurice Mahon, Shay Paget and Barney Coleman. The distinguished panel also consisted of AKI Senior Council members Mr Alan Corrigan, Mr Dermot O'Reilly, Ms Freda Roberts and Mr Philip Curran. His whole family were present at both his grade and presentation night and was presented with a katana by his father.

He first competed internationally in Amsterdam in 1997 and, at that time, he was one of the youngest members on the team. From this experience he gained a greater understanding of how much could be achieved by hard work and training. Since then he has also competed at other tournaments abroad such as Jersey 1998, Plymouth 2000, and Boston 2003.

In 2001, He began teaching Karate to Children at Loreto College primary school and also ran a self-defence course for Fourth years at Mercy Secondary School, Goldenbridge. While he was studying at NUI Maynooth he began cross training with practitioners from other systems including Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and other styles of Karate. This encouraged him to look deeper at what he had already learned and try to improve what he could about his style and technical ability. As a further means to this end, he has attended seminars with renowned martial artists such as Mr Alan Jacobs, Mr Larry Tatum, Mr Paul Dye, Mr Huk Planas and Mr Tony Cogliandro to name a few.

While in Holland in 2006 Mr Murray was awarded the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt. At present he currently teaches and trains most nights in the week. He continues to cross-train and is currently working with the students and instructors of the Maynooth Self-Defence Club and the Bawnogue Shuriken Jutsu School. Mr Murray is also a long-standing member of The Loreto College Kenpo Karate Demonstration team.

Mr Murray would like to thank Mr Corrigan and Mr O'Reilly for being influential in his development as both a Martial Artist and as a person. He would also like to thank his entire family for their continuing support in every aspect of his life.