11 September 2010

The PeaceFighters will hit Japan this December for Europe Vs Asia in a friendly event and training exercises

The PeaceFighters will hit Japan this December for Europe Vs Asia in a friendly event and training exercises

Peacefighters to hit Japan

Members of 'The PeaceFighters' initiative will head East to Japan. Young competitors from all over Ireland are planning a trip of a lifetime as a team of 19 will embark on a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan. The trip is planned for later this year (December) and for ten days. It will be a mammoth task of fund-raising, training and planning with an end result to see the K1 Grand Prix Finals and a kickboxing bout of their own

What a Hoost for the All Ireland team as young amateur kickboxers finalising a trip of a lifetime to compete in Tokyo Japan, and more important bond with different communities and cultures .

The kickboxing team will make history later this year when it represents Ireland against the very best amateur Japanese fighters in Tokyo.

Former world champ Billy Murray has received the backing of K1 fight legend Mr Ernesto Hoost when the K1 legend was over last weekend to select an elite squad for what will be a daunting yet historic trip to the Far East.

Mr Hoost lent his support to the adventure when he wined and dined with hopefuls at the popular annual Prokick Bash ā€˜nā€™ Mash Awards(June of this year) at the Hilton Hotel Belfast.

The Dutchman, also held a Masterclass in the city the following day at the famous ProKick Gym.Murray is excited about the venture:

” What a chance for those fortunate enough to travel and compete in the home of K1. Whilst there, the team will also have the chance as spectators to take-in the World Grand Prix K1 final.

Murray added, I’m so pleased with the response so far - I just mentioned to a few of our young amateur fighters about the trip and already the interest to travel and compete is great.” He added,  the trip will be entirely financed through ProKick and its endeavours.”

The lucky 19 are:Ursula Agnew,Greig Anderson,Gareth Miller, Andrew McCreary, Colleen Bell,Mark Bird,David Bird,David Foster,Gary Fullerton,Stephen Houston,Karl McBlain,Michael O’Neil,Johnny Smith,Michael Swann,Chris McCosker,Ernest Bickerstaff, Nuala Ward,Robert Masterson, Ken Horan, and Billy Murray