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Jonathan Tully

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Mr Jonathan Tully began training in the art of Kenpo Karate in 1993 along with his two brothers, Damien and Chris, in the Junior Class of Loreto College Kenpo Karate School. He successfully graded for his Yellow Belt on the 28th October 1993.

In 1994 he competed in his first competition at the National Championships in UCD, Belfield. Since then he has competed in numerous National and International events including the European Championships in Amsterdam, Jersey and Plymouth as well as the IKC World Championships in Boston and Utrecht. He has never been placed outside the top two in Fighting in International Competitions coming 2nd in Utrecht and Jersey and 1st in Amsterdam, Plymouth and Boston. Over the years he has also ranked in numerous Forms, Weapons and Creative sections. Alongside Mr Garbhan Dillon and Mr Damien Tully, Jonathan has won the last two IKC Team Form Championships first at brown belt level and then at black belt level. Jonathan has also fought on the Loreto College Fighting Team. Some highlights of this include winning the 7th Irish Cup in 2003, 1st place in the International Kenpo Fellowship Tournament in 2002 and a close 2nd to the Mexican team in the Boston IKC.

In 2002, Jonathan received a special "Up and Coming Black Belt" Merit Award from the International Kenpo Fellowship. Over the years he has performed in several demonstrations in the National Stadium and one for the Chinese New Year, which was broadcast on TV3. He has also participated in several seminars with the likes of Mr Larry Tatum, Mr Paul Dye and Mr Jeff Speakman to name a few. In 2005 he successfully completed a Child Protection course. In 2006 he completed a 1st Aid course.

Jonathan would like to thank his father, Cathal and his grandfather Jack for encouraging him to take up Kenpo. His fondest memories are off the people he trains with and met through Kenpo including his instructors Mr Alan Corrigan and Mr Dermot O'Reilly.