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Emma Mullan, who will represent Northern Ireland at the World Shotokan Karate-Do Association competition in Poland - View Full Size Image
Emma Mullan, who will represent Northern Ireland at the World Shotokan Karate-Do Association competition in Poland

Year 12 Loreto College student Emma Mullan is setting records by becoming the youngest ever World Shotokan Karate-Do Association competitor this October in Bielsko, Biala Poland.

At only 15 years old, she has been chosen to represent Northern Ireland in the upcoming championships which will host hundreds of talented Karate-Ka during the weekend-long event.

Emma has been an avid member of the Zanshin Shotokan Karate Club since she was 8 and trains up to 5 times per week along with studying for her GCSEs. Sensei Terry Geddis 5th Dan KUGB and Chief Instructor of the Zanshin Shotokan Karate Club is proud of Emma’s progress within Shotokan Karate and believes that she will develop into a great aspiration for other female karate-ka in many years to come. He states “Shotokan Karate is becoming more popular with females as the popularity of self-defence is growing, and Emma is a strong role model for all girls who wish to learn Shotokan Karate.”

Emma has been training continuously throughout the summer in the lead up to the World Shotokan Karate Championships, along with grading for her 2nd Dan in a great performance during ZSNI’s week-long summer course, held every year in the Jim Watt Sports Centre in Garvagh. During this course, Emma trained up to 6 hours per day along with a special Black Belt class and then she successfully passed her 2nd Dan under the watchful eyes of the Karate Union of Great Britain’s top instructors, Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan and Sensei Frank Brennan 8th Dan.

Not only will Emma be the youngest competitor at the World Championships, she will also be the only female from Northern Ireland at the event.

After the World Championships, Emma will also be competing in the Irish and Northern Irish Championships along with the yearly event of the European Shotokan Karate Do Championships in Crawley this November.
Emma trains under Sensei Terry’s instruction every Monday Night in the Roe Valley Leisure Centre.

Emma was congratulated on this wonderful achievement, and wished well for the World Championships on behalf of all the staff and students of Loreto by Mr Michael James, College Principal.

Meanwhile, anyone who would like more information about the Zanshin Shotokan Karate Club should contact Sensei Terry Geddis 5th Dan KUGB on: 07931981962 or email: yasmingeddiskarate@gmail.com or “LIKE” our page on Facebook at: Zanshin Shotokan Karate Club.  You can visit the club’s Website on: www.zsni.co.uk