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Red letter day for Black Belt Josie 03.05.17

DONEGAL martial arts grand master Josie Murray will be honoured at a special reception hosted by Donegal County Council next week.
Cathaoirleach Cllr Terence Slowey will host the event in recognition of the Donegal man's "outstanding achievements" and contribution to martial arts at home and abroad.
The Burtonport native has represented Donegal and Ireland at the highest level and has won nine world gold medals, four silver medals and one bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 2001 to 2016”.
He also travels the world giving seminars while teaching his own style of Jiu-Jitsu called Empty Force Jiu-Jitsu.
The Keadue man, who runs a pub in Letterkenny, started his training with Josie Kyles in Atemi Jiu-Jitsu. He then went to England and trained with the British Jiu-Jitsu Governing Body before quickly receiving his First Dan Black Belt under Richard Morris 10th Dan.
Back home, he founded the Donegal Jiu-Jitsu Federation and Donegal Cobra Kai Kickboxing Club. The first Irish Cup was held 20 years ago and he won it five times.
The three-time Donegal Sports Star winner is known around the world for his dedication to his art and he has appeared on the front cover of seven martial arts magazines. Many students and teachers from across the world travel to train with him every year.
Jiu-Jitsu grand master Josie Murray who will be honoured for his contribution to martial arts by Donegal County Council on May 9, 2017.
He was voted top teacher within the United Nations of Jiu-Jitsu for 16 years and was the first Donegal man to be inducted into the 14th Annual USA International Black Belt Hall of Fame.
He currently runs his own club in Letterkenny and Derry and also teaches children with autism and other disabilities, while raising funds for many charities.
The special reception will take place in Dungloe Public Service Centre on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 4pm.
"It will be a pleasure to host this special reception to honour Josie’s outstanding achievements," said Cllr Slowey.
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