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November 18, 2012

Local youth taking on the world


Tonawanda News — Irr’s last international competition was memorable. At the U.S. Open, held in April at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Irr was a major force on the U.S. team, which took gold, led by Irr’s numerous wins, one being a one-second knockout win.

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years, that is the fastest fight I have ever seen,” Hill said.

“The guy charged me right off the line, I guess I just caught him,” Irr said.

Recently, Irr attended a USA Karate National Team Training and Selection Camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado. Along with the national karate team, Irr participated in workshops with a sport psychologist and nutritionist, meetings with the USOC’s sports medicine professionals for discussions on injury prevention and weight management, working with the Olympic Committee’s strength and conditioning coaches, as well as technical training with the USA national team’s coaching staff.

The preparation is key for Paris. Getting the chance to compete for a world title is an exclusive position to be in and having a student do just that has also been a goal for Hill. Hill took over the Seishn-Kan Karate Club, based out of the Lockport Athletic and Fitness Club on South Transit Road in Lockport. Next year is the club’s 40th anniversary.

“It’s kind of a big deal for us,” Hill said. “We’re proud of him.”

“He’s put in as much hard work as I have,” Irr said.

Irr trains with Seishn-Kan about six days a week. It’s a regimen that consists of daily technical training and sparring, Olympic style weight lifting, plyometrics, with speed and agility training. Seeing Irr in the gym has been a familiar sight for Hill.

“I remember when he was a kid, when others were trick-or-treating, Brian and his brother were the only ones in the gym,” Hill said.

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