New milestone for BMA Clondalkin

BUSHIDO Clondalkin recently fielded three members in a black belt grading held in the Leixlip Amenity Centre.

In all, 17 members of Bushido Martial Arts, one of Ireland’s biggest kickboxing associations, took part in a seven-hour-long black belt grading under the watchful eyes of Chief Instructor of BMA Roy Baker and Assistant chief instructor of BMA Ilija Salerno (head coach of BMA Clondalkin).

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Liam Bhandal and Evette Wade, who have been training under coach Salerno for some 15 years, both passed their first degree black belts just over three years ago and made it through their latest test on Sunday to receive their second degrees – a first for the Clondalkin outfit, which is running 16 years now in the heart of Clondalkin village.

Megan McCabe, who is training some eight years, was also successful in her test and earned her first degree belt.

“Only about five percent of students who start training will continue to train for seven years with us and earn their black belt” said Salerno.

“Those who make it to second degree is even less, about two per cent”

 “This is a huge milestone in their life and it is only the beginning of their martial arts journey. Earning their first, second degree or above takes huge commitment, determin-ation and perseverance, not only in martial arts but in their life in general.”

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