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Martial Arts

Taekwondo and Karate have had some success over the past 20 years, with various new clubs being founded throughout the country. The All-Ireland Taekwondo Association has worked in recent years to promote the sport in the country and to organise more competitions. However, the rise in popularity of Kickboxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) tournaments in Ireland and beyond has led to many of the traditionally popular disciplines such as karate and taekwondo beginning to lose some of their following. Most notable of all Irish martial artists is Karate and Kickboxing Irish, European and World Champion Roy Baker. Baker has been the most successful martial arts competitor in Irish history winning over 50 prestigious international titles. He is also the president of Kickboxing Ireland and vice president of The Irish Martial Arts Commission. Mixed Martial Arts has gained a lot of popularity in the past 5 years with many clubs opening in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.

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