A Mixed Martial Art expert who lost his mum to cancer has put his skills to good use raising funds to fight the disease.
Jasper Chow, who moved to Malahide from the UK earlier this year, raised more than €1,000 for the Irish Cancer Society by hosting a charity sparathon.
The 32-year-old, who is a Third Dan in Tae kwan-do, says he now plans to host regular fundraisers linking in with other local martial arts clubs.
He told Dublin Gazette: “Two years ago I lost my mum, Jenny, to pancreatic cancer and it was a very short time from her diagnosis until she passed away.
“Within five weeks of her diagnosis she died. She was a nurse, and she was a very selfless person, so I’ve done this for her, in her memory.
“Unfortunately, everyone has been affected either directly or indirectly by cancer. That’s why I decided to host the sparathon.”
Like a marathon, the sparathon is an endurance event which sees participants spar for three straight hours – 100 rounds of sparring, to be exact.
The fun and friendly event saw 50 participants from various martial arts taking part and the ALSAA sports complex was provided as a venue free of charge.
Former European champ Jasper – who runs a Tae kwan-do club in St Sylvester’s Parish Centre in Malahide – said: “The feedback was great so I’m definitely looking to organise another one.
“I’ve been practising Martial Arts for 23 years. I moved to Malahide from Berkshire because my other half is from here.
“I love being beside the sea, especially in the summer months. The martial arts club is going well – we get lots of parents bringing their children and joining in themselves as well.
“I’m also running a family class on Mondays which is on a pay what you want basis, so it’s open to people who maybe are not as well off.
“You get a more diverse mix of people and it’s great teaching them the exercises and martial arts moves.”
To find out more about Jasper’s classes, visit the Be Martial Arts & Fitness Malahide page on Facebook.