Head coach of Pankration, Dermot McGrath (right) has excelled over the years in his ability to communication his passion for teaching kids and adults. He achieved this by studying and training in martial arts from a young age. He achieved his Black Belt under the multiple World Champion Alife Lewis. He later competed in many tournaments and continues to do so as this he believes leads to a higher level of coaching within the club.



Hugely experienced competing in MMA at the highest level worldwide including InvictaFC, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship and BAMMA. Catherine brings her wealth of knowledge to coaching MMA to all her students at Pankration.

Catherine was the first to bring Ladies Fitness Kickboxing to Limerick and the level of instruction in her classes is head and shoulders above anything else out there.

Catherine takes a small number clients too for personal training, time permitting.


  • Best gym in Limerick to be in. The training plans and circuit workouts is never the same from abs, sparring, kicking, pushing the prowler, kettlebells, etc, etc, etc. Training is serious but we always have a good laugh and great fun. Dermot and Catherine is the best. They do personal training too and you be amaze by doing what you think you cant do. This is the place where my membership will never expire.
    Mag Gui
  • Catherine has helped me overcome so many obstacles. When I first met her, I was taking 6 painkillers a day due to chronic low back pain. I was feeling down due to the pain and powerless to do anything about it. It was getting to the point where I was thinking of giving up work. However, through Catherine’s guidance, I finally learned how to perform exercises pain free and I am now doing strength and conditioning exercises I never dreamed I would be able to do. Catherine’s gentle, postive and encouraging nature continues to inspire me each week I train with her. I now work 6 days a week, feel strong mentally and physically and I’m very happy – all of which is down to Catherine. I cannot recommend her enough and will never be able to thank her enough.
    Orla Smyth

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