The 3rd Annual Children’s Kata Contest, hosted by White Tiger Martial Arts will be held on the 4th of October in Co. Mayo. There will be divisions for children age 15 and under, divided by age and grade for Karate Kata, Kobujutsu Kata with Long Weapons and Kobujutsu Kata with Short Weapons. There will also be a division for Specially Challenged entrants in all three disciplines.
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At the Rene Smaal International held in July in Kilcullen, the Dunne brothers took gold in the Kumite. Kevin won the seniors in the -84kg category and Niall beat all of his opponents in the U16 section despite weighing 55kg. Both boys are among the top Karate athletes in Ireland. Continue reading
Martin O’Malley, chief instructor at White Tiger Martial Arts and assistant Karate instructor Michael O’Neill made the first of the twice annual visits to Okinawa, the home of Karate from the 26th of April to the 4th of May. Continue reading
IJKA Ireland is delighted to announce that IJKA World Chief Instructor Kato Shihan, 9th Dan, will be presenting the Spring Training Seminar on March 14th & 15th next at Fermoy Karate Club, KenBuKan Dojo. Continue reading
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
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?
Ballybay Karate Club is organinsing an Open Competition on Sunday 29th March 2015 at St Macartans College, Monaghan. This competition is open to all grades, ages and styles and W.K.F. Rules will apply. Continue reading
Ireland Karate News would like to wish you all a happy Christmas and a prosperous 2015. As always, feel free to send us details of your future events in 2015 and also any articles about your club, association or about Karate in General for publication. Continue reading
Seminar with Sensei Dave Hazard – 7th Dan, former England Squad Kata Coach (2000-2006). Chief Instructor of the prestigious Academy of Shotokan Karate.
Slight change of schedule this year with the Spring seminar moved to the May Bank Holiday weekend. Continue reading
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
JKA Ireland European Championships will take place in Ireland in 2016. The date has been set to 2nd April 2016 in Mardyke Sports Centre Cork. 30 Countries are expected to take part in the tournament. More information to follow.
Karate is a martial art executed for the most part in an upright stance. It originated on the Japanese island of Okinawa, part of the Ryukyu Islands chain, as a mixture of local Okinawan and Chinese fighting styles. Continue reading