Éire Taikai

At the invitation of White Tiger Martial Arts and the IMAF-Ireland, Ole-Bjorn Tuftedal from Bergen, Norway, a 6th Dan in Matsubayashi-ryu, Helmut Steeg from Anrath, Germany a 4th Dan in Matsubayashi-ryu and Jens Fricke from Emden, Germany a 6th Dan in Shotokan made the journey to Castlebar on the 24th and 25th of January to present a seminar on the subject of Karate and Kobudo (weapons). Continue reading

Is Your Child Prepared To Become a Karate Kid?

Beginner level Karate Kids look to be getting younger and younger these days. What’s the appropriate age to commence the martial arts? Is your child prepared to become a karate kid?

As karate has turned out to be more admired over the years, young age children are getting started with martial arts. Of course, there has been a powerful influence from the Power Rangers and the Ninja but also with the ever increasing commercial karate schools, dedicated programs for the children are becoming extremely popular. Programs such as Little Ninjas, Tiny Tigers flourish in most martial arts NYC school. So at what age children are being accepted into these programs?

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IMAF-Ireland At Tokon Cup, 2014

The Irish Branch of the IMAF-Europe sent a youths team to Emden, Germany on the weekend of the 6th and 7th of December to take part in the Tokon Cup, hosted by the Osaka Dojo, Emden.

The Tokon Cup is an annual event for under 16’s hosted by the Osaka Dojo in Emden, and sponsored by local business groups who believe that the Martial Arts training provides young people with important life skills such as self confidence and self discipline. Continue reading