Combat Sports

Individual Combat Sports include Boxing, Wrestling, Fencing, Martial Arts (Karate, Taekwon-Do), Modern American Combat (UFC Ultimate Fighting, WWE Wrestling, Glatiating and MMA Mixed Martial Arts) and World Combat Sports including Ancient and Medieval European Combat Sports (Kickboxing, Sumo, and Medieval Armoured Combat).

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Boxing

Variations on Boxing include Olympic / Professional Boxing, Bare-Knuckle Boxing (currently not sanctioned), UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and Kickboxing

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Boxing

Irish Athletic Boxing Association

Ireland’s most successful Olympic Sport.

Irish Athletic Boxing Association

Irish Athletic Boxing Association Irish Olympic Medal Winners 1952-Present

Strandja Multi-Nations Sofia Bulgaria (Years): 2020

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Modified Rules Boxing-UFC

(Ireland-International)

Boxing-UFC Compromise Rules.

Modified Rules Boxing – Floyd Mayweather Jr versus Conor McGregor

Wrestling

Competitive Wresling dates back to at least the Original Olympic Games in Athens, Ancient Greece. Another Ancient versions of Wrestling is Sumo (Japan). Modern versions include Olympic (Greco-Roman), WWE (American), Lucha Libre (Mexico), and indeed also Mud Wrestling (England) and Jelly Wrestling (Ireland).

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Olympic Wrestling (Greco-Roman)

Irish Amateur Wrestling Association

Olympic Wrestling is the version which dates back to Ancient Greece and Rome and the original Olympic Games. It is the version in the Modern Olym;pics also.

Irish Amateur Wrestling Association Events:

Irish Open (Years): 2019

Dublin Freestyle Open (Years): 2019

Fencing and Sword Fighting

Fencing is a renaissance sword-fighting sport. Gladiating is the ancient version revived for TV in Gladiators and Armoured Combat is the medieval version of sword-fighting.

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Fencing

Fencing Ireland

Fencing Ireland organises a number of tournaments per year.

FI Medal Winners (Major Tournaments) (Seasons): 2018-19

FI Rankings Men’s Epee (End-of-Season): 2019-20

FI Medal Winners Men’s Epee (Seasons): 2018-19

Martial Arts

There are a number of Martial arts in Ireland, the most popular of which are Karate, Judo & Taekwondo.

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Karate

Irish Kenpo Karate Union; International Japan Karate Association Ireland

International Japan Karate Association Ireland

IJKAI Irish National Championships (Years): 2000

Irish Kenpo Karate Union

IKKU Open (Years): 2019

IKKU Invitational (Years): 2015

I-Karate Global

I-Karate Global World Cup (Editions): 2018

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Taekwon-Do

Irish Taekwon-Do Association

Irish Taekwon-Do Association

ITA Irish Cup & National Championships (Years): 2016

Modern American Combat

USA has updated most traditional Combat Sports for the Television and Internet Ages. The most popular of these Modern American Combat Sports would be Ultimate Fighting (a version of Boxing); WWE Wrestling (A modern American version of the traditional Greco-Roman spoort; Gladiating, a made-for-TV version of the Ancient Games in Rome and Greece involving sword-fighters; and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts , a modern no-holds-barred version of Martial Arts).

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Ultimate Fighting (USA)

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Ultimate Fighting Championship

UFC Ultimate Fighting Championship Irish Fighters

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WWE Wrestling (USA)

WWE World Wrestling Entertainment

World Wrestling Entertainment is the Modern American made-for-TV version of wrestling.

WWE World Wrestling Entertainment Irish Wrestlers 2001-Present

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Lucha Libre (Mexico)

AAA

Mexican version of WWE Wrestling

Triplemania (Bouts): XXIV 2018

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Gladiating

ITV Gladiators

Gladiating is a fun version of the ancient Roman military combat as was seen on US and British TV Programs from the 1990s onwards.

Various types of combat or adventure-like tasks are engaged in by teams of players.

Irish Gladiator Contestants:

Audrey Garland Irish-born Gladiators Contestant 1997

There are a couple of venues in Ireland where people can engage in Gladiator Weekends:

Adventure Park (Watergrasshill, Co. Cork): https://www.adventurepark.ie/

Team Building Ireland (Kippure, Blessington, Co. Wicklow): https://teambuildingireland.com/corporate-family-fun-day/

World Combat Sports

World Combat Sports include Ancient, Medieval and Traditional Sports such as Sumo (Japan Wrestling), Kickboxing (Thailand), and Medieval Armoured Combat (Europe).

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Kickboxing (Thailand)

Kickboxing Ireland

Kickboxing originated in Thailand. Kicks as wel as punches are allowed, as are a variety of weapons.

Galway International Kickboxing Challenge (Years): 1998

Kickboxing Ireland Award Winners (Years): 2019

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Sumo (Japan)

Sumo World Championships

John Gunning was the first Irishman to compete in the Sumo World Championships for Ireland.

Irish International Sumo Wrestlers

John Gunning Irish Sumo Wrestler

Sumo Reference

I have it on the authority of John Gunning that this Referece website is one of the best ever. The German who compiled it went through over 100 years of Japanese Newspapers. It cnntains the results of every Japanese Sumo bout ever recorded back to early 1900s or before. 

Sumo Reference: http://sumodb.sumogames.de/

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Medieval Armoured Combat

Medieval Armoured Combat Ireland

MACI Claregalway Castle Group Fights (Internationals)(Years):2017