Irish Open Press Release

Cornwall club’s amazing medals haul in leading world tournament 


A martial arts academy has done Cornwall proud after returning from the world’s biggest and most prestigious martial arts competition with an amazing ten medals, including one gold. 

The team from Byrne Black Belt Academy, which has 29 centres across Cornwall, attended the annual three-day Irish Open International competition in Dublin. There, they took on teams from around the world. 

Chief Instructor, Ed Byrne, said: “Our team finished a highly creditable 48th out of 250 teams but it should be born in mind that our team was a club tam whereas many teams were formed from the cream of clubs across a region or country. This was probably the greatest moment in our club’s history.”

The club’s medal-winners were: 

Emma Thomas, 14, from Truro who won gold  in the girls  13-15-year-olds +65kg category and bronze in the 13-15-year-olds -65kg category and Bronze in the -65kg category.Przemek Zdziech, 36, from St. Dennis won  two silvers in the men's novice points and continuousEthan Nicholas, 12, from Redruth who won silver in -37kg boys 9-12year-oldsKyle Gregory, 16, from St. Eva, Newquay  who won silver in the Cadets 16-18yrs Full Contact -86kg (Kyle recently won the WKU World title and Watford Open title)Leah Richards, 11, from Penryn who won three bronze in the girls 9-12yrs +47kg novice and advance and -50kg 13-15-years-oldsVicki Nicholas, 40, from Redruth who won bronze in the ladies +65kg



The Byrne Black Belt Academy has centres in Truro, Newquay, St Austell, Shortlanesend, Probus, Penryn, Mabe Burnthouse, Redruth, Saint Stephen, Saint Columb Major, Saint Eval, Helston, Hayle, Carbis Bay, Wadebridge, Marazion, Bodmin, Looe, Liskeard, Camborne and Illogan. Further information can be obtained from Ed Byrne on 07816 649179 or 01726 862769 or visit

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