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Dermot O'Reilly

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Professor Dermot O'Reilly started his career in martial arts in 1976 at the age of 22 in Saint Catherine's Hall in "The Liberties" in Dublin. He would attain the rank of brown belt in Wado Ryu and would later leave in the 1980's for the birth of his first child.

In 1987 his martial arts career recommenced in the art of Kenpo Karate at the Loreto College Kenpo Karate Schools under the instruction of Mr Alan Corrigan and Mr Tommy Flynn. On the 17th of December 1992 he received his Black Belt.

In the 1990's Mr Corrigan and Mr Flynn dissolved their partnership. A short time later Mr Corrigan approached Mr O'Reilly to run the club with him. Over the years both worked hard bringing the club forward to places like Amsterdam, Jersey, Plymouth and Boston for both European and World Championships.

After finishing second in freestyle sparring at the 1997 European Championships in Amsterdam, he decided that it was time to retire from competition and concentrate on judging and refereeing. This time would also let him dedicate more time to coaching his students. Over the years since retiring from competition it is with great pride that that he watches his students compete at all levels. The reward he receives is simply the honour he feels in watching them compete and the satisfaction of watching their joyful faces when they win.

His proudest moment was not when he received his Black Belt but when his daughter and student Jessica received her Black Belt.

In 2006 he was awarded the rank of 6th degree and the title of Professor of the Arts from the American Kenpo International Senior Council.

Professor O'Reilly would like to acknowledge everyone who helped him along his journey through Martial Arts and who helped make his career possible especially his family for all their love and support.

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