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Garbhan Dillon

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In January of 1995 Mr Garbhan Dillon commenced his training in the Art of Kenpo Karate at the Loreto College Kenpo Karate School under the instruction of Mr Alan Corrigan and Mr Dermot O'Reilly. His motivation for joining stemmed from his interest in martial arts at a young age and he vividly recalls "watching movies and TV series featuring martial arts and remembers wanting to be Duncan McCloud of the clan McCloud".

He was a long time school friend of Loreto instructor Philip Curran since they were 4 and 5 respectively and it was seen him train over the years along with his quest to be Duncan McCloud that eventually made him join. Despite the criticism he received from one of his school deans not to take up a new sport and concentrate on his studies for his leaving certificate examination Mr Dillon embarked on his journey through Kenpo.

In May 2007 he was graded to 1st degree black belt by the American Kenpo International Senior Council - President Tony Cogliando, President of the Board of Directors Don Rodrigues, European Senior Council Directors Maurice Mahon, Shay Paget and Barney Coleman. The panel of examiners also consisted of AKI Senior Council members Mr Alan Corrigan, Mr Dermot O'Reilly and Ms Freda Roberts.

Mr Dillon has traveled to the Netherlands twice, the island of Jersey twice, the UK and the USA for European and International world championships and is a frequent winner at these competitions at both team and individuals sections. He is a member of the Loreto College Demonstration team and the senior fighting squad.

Outside of his martial arts career, he has also been playing Gaelic football since the age of 9 and won at Croke Park for the school finals in 1988. His most vibrant memory of Kenpo was when he came first in competition in the purple-green adult sparring section in Tallaght of 1997.

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