Combat Sports include Wrestling (Greco-Roman, WWE, Lucha Libre and Sumo), Boxing (Olympic, UFC, Kickboxing), Martial Arts (Karate, Judo, MMA), Swordfighting (Fencing, Gladiating, Medieval Armed Combat), Jugger (cross between American Football and Medieval Combat), Paintball & Airsoft, Laser Tag (Quasar) and Capture the Flag.


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

Athletic Boxing

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

Kickboxing (Thailand)

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

Kickboxing Ireland Award Winners (Years): 2019 (check This)

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

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.

Olympic (Greco-Roman)

Irish Amateur Wrestling Association Events:

Irish Open (Years):2019

Dublin Freestyle Open (Seasons): 2019

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WWE (America)

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

WWE World Wrestling Entertainmennt Irish Wrestlers 2001-Present

Lucha Libre (Mexico)

Mexican version of WWE Wrestling

Triplemania (Bouts): XXIV 2018

Sumo (Japan)

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

Irish International Sumo Wrestlers

John Gunning Irish Sumo Wrestler

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Sword-Fighting Sports include Fencing, Gladiating and Medieval Armoured Combat


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

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Martial Arts

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

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

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Jugger Turniere – Irish Teams Record

Jugger is like a cross between American Football and Medieval Combat. It is a team Sport where the objective is to get a skull from the middle of the field into a zone at the opposing teams end. There are five players on each team, four of whom are paired off fightning each other with padded weapons such as swords.

When a player is ‘killed’ in these fights he has to kneel down and is out of the game for that particular round. The Fifth person is the Qwick. His job is to get the skull from the middle of the field past the opposing Qwick into a zone at their opponents endzone. He can only advance the skull once the other teams fighters are all dead. The team which scores the most skull touchdowns is the winner.

Below you will find links to Jugger Turniere Tournaments involving Irish Teams:

Season 2015

Mile High International 2015

Season 2016

Irish International 2016

International Tournament of Spain 2016

Metallsvenskan Jugger Turnering 2016

Season 2017 Open 2017

Jarnsvenskan 2017

Season 2019

3. Open 2019

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Paintball / Airsoft

Paintball and Airsoft are Team Combat sports where pellet guns are used to ‘kill’ an opponent. There are usually a number of objectives to be met i each game, which can score points for the team completing the objective. The sport is usually played in a number of scenarios such as World War II Village, Desert Town, Woodlands, Wild West etc.Millennium Paintball Series; Irish Paintball League; Irish Woodsball League. The main difference in the guns used are paint guns for Paintball and Woodsball, and hard pellets for Airsoft. Paintball was invented in New England, USA and Airsoft in Japan.

Millennium European Paintball Series

MEPS (Seasons): 2015

Irish Paintball League (Standings)

Irish Paintball League 2008-2010

Irish Paintball League (Results): 2010 2009 2008

Irish Woodsball League (Results): 2012 2011 2010

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Laser Tag (Quasar)

Quasar Stats

Laser Tag games were invented in Texas, USA, and the most recognizable to Irish readers would be Quasar. The sport is one where two teams engage each other in combat in an indoor arena using Laser Guns. Points are scored for ‘killing’ an opponent and meeting objectives such as capturing bases.

Quasar Stats

QS End of Year Team Rankings (Years): 2017

Quasar Stats UK & Ireland Tournaments (Results)

Whitstable 17 March 2018

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Capture the Flag

CTF Time

Capture the Flag is Information Security Competitions, a kind of Sport for Computer Combat.

There are three common types of CTF Competitions: Jeopardy, Attack-Defense, and Mixed.

Jeopardy Competitions have a number of Tasks (questions) such as Web, Forensic, Crypto or Binary. Teams gain points for completed tasks, the harder the task, the more points.

Attack-Defense is another scenario, whereby teams have their own network (or only one host) with vulnerable services. Teams have a time limit for developing services and developing exploits. Then the organisers connect the competitors and the Wargame starts. Points are gained for Defense (protecting own services) and Attack (hacking opponents services).

Mixed employ both Jeopardy and Attack-Defense scenarios.

Capture the Flag games touch on a number of different aspects of information security, such as Cryptography, Stego, Binary Analysis, Reverse Engineering and Mobile Security.

CTF Time:

Capture the Flag CTF Time 2014-2019

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