KILKENNY native and professional Kickboxing Instructor, Pete Foley has had a great 2017.
He moved his highly successful Black Dragon Kickboxing Club into a new 4000 square feet premises in the middle of Galway City in January.
Pete was awarded his 8th Dan Black Belt in February by the directors of the Unified World Championships, the largest and most prestigious Martial Arts Championships on the Planet, Mr Cristiano Radicchi and Dr Michele Panfietti from Italy.
Pete is now one of the highest ranked kickboxing coaches in Europe and well as being respected throughout the world of martial arts.
This year he helped to raise over €30,000 for various charities with his White Collar Boxing Programme bringing the total raised to well over €300,000 in the last 10 to 12 years.
He has trained several Irish junior and senior Champions this year also as well as a European K-1 Champion and seven World tournament champions.
Next year is already looking like it could be another bumper one for his Black Dragon Gym with fights planned for the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium and possibly Florida.