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Hanshi Hayes Seminar

Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Int. are honored to host Hanshi Bill Hayes for a weekend seminar, which is open to everyone, regardless of styles or affiliation. Bill Hayes is a direct student of Grandmaster Eizo Shimabukuro, 10th Dan Shorin Ryu and he is one of the

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Karate Ireland Eliminations Round 2

The Aileach Community Centre in Burnfoot, Co. Donegal played host to the latest round of the Karate Ireland qualification tournaments as the search continues for the nation’s very best representatives for the IKU World Karate Championships in Kilkenny this October.

Happy Christmas

We would like to wish all our readers and contributors a merry Christmas and a happy 2017. We want to thank all the karate clubs and associations who contributed to our website in 2016 and hope to receive your news and events for publication in

Karate Clever

2016 saw the publication of another “Irish” karate book; Karate Clever. This new publication is Scott Langley’s sequel to Karate Stupid. Scott was kind enough to send us a short article about his very interesting new book. 

A Karate Story

As we are approaching the festive season, we decided to mention a few books written about Irish Karate. This week, Seamus O’Dowd,’s Book A Karate Story. Seamus O’Dowd, a well-known and respected Shotokan exponent, published an autobiography in early 2016 based on his karate experiences

Irish Karate-ka Grade In Okinawa

Three representatives of White Tiger Martial Arts travelled to Okinawa, Japan for training and for two of them, to take on the challenge of black belt examinations. Martin O’Malley, Michael O’Neill and Simon Talbot made the journey where they had the opportunity to spend a