Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Training Times

Dungarvan Karate club has moved to the Dungarvan Scouts Den for both training sessions.Times have been revised to accommodate the younger Students in the Dojo Wednesday: Juniors 4/12 years 19:00 to 20:00 and Seniors 20:00 to 21:00 . Saturday: Juniors 11:00am to 12:00pm and Seniors 12:00 to 13:00.
L. Ciarán O'Dea.M.Tony Power.R.Brian Mulcathy
Dungarvan Instructors Past and present.
We are currently working towards a grading in October and this is looking like the biggest grading class we have had in years,we have many new students who are very eager to get their first grade.

Never forget: Karate begins, and ends, with rei.
As demonstrated By Lucy.
Dungarvan Karate club will be attending a Karate competition in November and this will be the first competition which the club will be attending as a group in many years,so we are starting to get everyone ready in plenty of time.We will be competing in Kata (Forms) Kumite (fighting) and team Kata + Kumite all students will be given a equal opportunity to compete and we will be together to support each other.

Sensei Toomey Teaching in Dungarvan Dojo
Advance Kombatan class in Fermoy

Kombatan Training for Kids 
Brian, Mastero Jess, Guro Ciarán

Summer-camp Karate. 
I would like to remind every one that Membership and Licence fee is due by months end at the latest.We are moving away from the old system off paying Membership/Licence Fee/First grading book and grading on the first grading of the year as this make a it seam quite expensive when in realty when broken down is allot cheaper than most martial arts schools Locally and also through out the County,our aim is to teach traditional Karate with practical self defense training and to also introduce the students to weapons which are used in The Kombatan system.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

TUAM 15th -16th October be their!

This an excellent course with a true Master of Karate,its not to be missed.
Here is a bit of information on hotels and self catering.
Ard Ri House Hotel, Miltown Road, Tuam Co. Galway
Single room- bed and breakfast for 50 euro, per person per night.
Square Inn, Tuam Co.Galway
Self Catering Accomm.
00353 (0) 9326023
30euro for single room per person per night and 50euro for a double room.
70euro gets you a family room which is a double bed and single bed.
Corralea Court Hotel, Tuam Co. Galway
Single room 65euro per person per night includes breakfast
Twin room 70e has two beds
00353 (0) 9324188

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Kid Karate Class

Every Saturday morning we hold a Kids Karate class in the Dungarvan Scouts Den between 11:00am-12:00am all are welcome first class is free!

Guro O'Dea 1st Dan Kombatan with Mastero Pablo 6th Dan Kombatan.
Ciarán is slowly introducing Kombatan into the Karate classes so students can defend them self's and to expand their Martial-Arts experience.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Grading success

Members of Dungarvan Karate who graded
missing are Leanne,Michael and John
Instructors: Sensei Power (R)Sensei Toomey (1stR) Senpai O'Dea (M) Senpai Mulacthy  (L)

Well done to every one who turned out for their grading in Abbeyside Scouts Den! We are delighted with the standard that every one achieved on the day.We had 10 grading on the day 3 achieving their 12kyu(white belts)  4 achieving  their 11kyu(Orange Belts) 2 achieving their 10kyu(Orange with Black Stripe) and 1 achieving his 5kyu(Purple Belt) so it was a great day for Dungarvan karate club.
Johns first Belt
Leanne First Belt
Michael s First belt 
We also have changed the way belts are given to the students in the past students would have to purchase the belts themselves! Now we supply them when the grading is completed this makes it more rewarding for the students.Grading costs remain at a very low price €25 including Belt for seniors and juniors alike.
The three little women awaiting the grad.

All student received their sighed grading books from "IJKA"(International Japan Karate-Do Association) Chief Irish examiner Sensei Toomey 6th Dan.
Junior Grading  Jodan Oi Zuki (Face Punch)

"White belts are King" many people outside the martial arts community and also within  frown on the white belt grade because its the first belt and it means that you have little experience so they change the white belt to an other colour as it looks better or it hides your actual abilities.
In Shu-Bu-Kan karate we believe the White Belt to be one of the most important grade for a club and an Organisation as it represents a new beginning for a student and it means that a club like ours has a future because all who pass there first grade have the potential to become Black belts and in turn become Instructors and go on to have there own clubs and students. Without White belts there would be no Karate-do?
So why not become a White belt because we need you!

Sensei Toomey teaching before the Grading
Senpai Mulcathy giving the last few pointers to the girls.

I would Like to remind everyone we train twice a week in the Dungarvan Scouts Den 11:00am to 12:00am Saturday and in the Abbeyside scouts Den on Wednesday 8:10pm to 9:10pm any one returning to Shotokan karate after many years or anyone new, the first class is free and its a pay as you train system,hope to see you their!


During the junior grading Mae Geri (front snap kick) 
White belt kumite: Blocking Agu Uke (rising block) in standing position
This is harder than it looks!
Mark practicing Heian Yondan before his grading.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Open training session

Some of the participators 

On Saturday from 11:00-12:00 last saw Shu-Bu-Kan Karate club hold its first open training session this session was held for new students and parents to participate  in and to move freely within the class so their was no pressure to fully participate.

We have Moms who had taken part in the warm ups we had Dads who full joined in and we had Dads and Moms who had take part in the self defense part of the class, we also had some younger children who came to try with sisters and brothers so it was a very dynamic class where no one sat down for long!

Our first time trying out the Dojo
All this had taken place with the goal firstly of highlighting the new Venue and Secondly increasing the take up of new members also,we have a club grading to get ready for which will be taking place in the Abbeyside Scouts Den on Wed 20:10pm 25/05/2011 .We have Sensei Toomey 6th Dan coming to carry out the grading on behalf of the International Japan Karate-Do Association "IJKA" which Sensei Toomey is the Chief grading examiner in Ireland so we have to preform to your best on the night.
Sensei Toomey in the middle teaching Wheelchair Karate in the Cope foundation
with the help of students from Dungarvan and Fermoy Clubs.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dungarvan's first "Kombatan" Blackbelt

Ciarán and Guro Pablo
Kombatan is a Filipino martial art, which combines several classical and modern styles. The student learns several different approaches to different attacks. Drills, that improve the reflexes and reactions of students, are very important in training of Kombatan.
Usually the first thing that is taught in martial arts, are techniques from a specific stance. On one hand, this helps learning but on the other hand, studying this way requires years of practice to be able to use these techniques in free fight.

Unlike in many Asian martial arts, students of Kombatan learn first to use weapons and defend themselves against them. This philosophy is widely based on Filipino culture, where both women and men use swords and knives in their daily work. This is why it is more popular to defend oneself using a weapon than without it. Training with sticks is also safer than training without them (when training without weapons, strikes and kicks are performed on the body). When the student learns to defend him/herself against a weapon, it is easier to learn to defend oneself against an unarmed opponent.
Kombatan includes hand and weapon techniques. Empty hand techniques are based on the paths of the weapons. The weapon is only an extension of the hand. Kombatan combines several different martial arts and it focuses on reacting instinctively. It is ”an art within an art”.
Kombatan is based on 12 attack angles. These angles have 12 basic ways of counterattack (with feet, hands or weapons). The students learn several different strikes, kicks and blocks, locks, grapplings, sweeps, throws and takedowns, blocks, counterattacks and disarms with weapons, armed and unarmed sparring, unarmed vs. armed, armed vs. unarmed styles, footwork, solo and doble baston drills as well as solo and doble baston sparring and combinations.
Kombatan systems:
Solo Baston
One stick
Doble Baston 
2 sticks
Mano Mano
hand to hand
Espada y Daga
sword & dagger 
Daga sa Daga
Knife to Knife
butterfly knife
long stick
Palm stick 


Senpai Ciaran O'Dea, Jim Condon, John Mc Carthy, Kevin Mc Carthy, Gerard Zielinski and Sensei Brian Toomey 6th Dan pictured with Guro Jesi Pablo 6th Dan after receiving their blackbelts in Kombatan Presas Style.

Black belt grading class
Shu-Bu-Kan Karate club trains twice a week Wed 8:10-9:10 Abbeyside Scouts Den
Sat 11:30-12:30 Dungarvan Scouts Den.
"Kombatan" is also practiced as part of these classes.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New venue and Saturday Training.

Dear Kohai,

The new venue is located in the "Dungarvan Scouts Den" beside the "Day Care Center" through the main door and first left and then first right it will be well sign posted.
Wednesday: 20:10pm to 21:10pm                   
Saturday:    11:30am to 13:00pm.

There are two reasons for the change in training times:

The first is to allow the students to constantly improve and to have a better understanding of what is required for their next step within the club (grading and self defence).
The second is to increase fitness / flexibility and improve self-confidence and self-esteem and also motivate students to become more focus on what they wish to achieve in Karate-Do but also in life.

If you have any queries or concerns you can contact us on the below E-mail. We also have a club blog to view it the information is below.

Yours in Karate-do
Senpai O’Dea
Shotokan Tiger

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Take the Quick karate test

Hi all,

Please view the video below as we at "Dungarvan karate club" believe this is the most accurate test of your abilities as a Martial arts practicioner or a future student of the Dungarvan Dojo .....

This video should be viewed in full screen with the speakers on!

We are currently working towards 2 very important events for the Shu-Bu-Kan Dojo at the moment the first is the "IJKA" Irish open championships in Fermoy on the 1st of May (Info Below).



OFFICIALS : 10.30AM         JUNIORS: 11.00AM      SENIORS:  1.00PM      WHEELCHAIRS :

JUNIOR KATA MIXED U.16 :                                                 SENIOR KATA LADIES
Beginner to 9th Kyu                                                                       Beginner to 4th.Kyu
 8th. Kyu to 6th. Kyu                                                                       3rd. Kyu and Above
5th. Kyu and Above                                                                     SENIOR KATA MEN
JUNIOR KUMITE UNDER12                                                      Beginner to 4th.Kyu  
KIHON IPON MIXED:                                                                 3rd.Kyu and Above                                                            
Beginner to 9th.Kyu                                                                      
8th.Kyu to 6th.Kyu                                                                         
5th.Kyu to Black Belt                                                                   SENIOR KUMITE LADIES
JUNIOR KUMITE U.16 GIRLS                                                  Up to 7th Kyu
Under 4’6” Up to Purple Belt                                                       Up to 4th. Kyu
Under 4’6” Brown & Black Belt                                                  Brown & Black
Over 4’6” Up to Purple Belt                                                        SENIOR KUMITE MEN
Over 4’6”  Brown and Black Belt                                                Up to 7th.Kyu
JUNIOR KUMITE U 16 BOYS                                                 Up to 4th. Kyu
Under 4’6” Up to Purple Belt                                                      Brown & Black
Under 4’6”  Brown & Black Belt                                                SENIOR TEAM KUMITE
Over 4’6”  Up to Purple Belt                                                      SENIOR TEAM KATA
Over 4’6”   Brown & Black Belt
UNDER 19 KATA MIXED;                                      Fee: Seniors €15  Juniors €10  Teams:€20
Beginner to 9th.Kyu                                                            Spectators: Adults €10   Children Free
8th.Kyu to 6th.Kyu                                                              N.B. Team Competitions will depend
5th Kyu to Black Belt.                                                        on the number of entries.
Under 19 KUMITE GIRLS                                       Fees include any number of Individual events.
Up to Purple Belt                                                         Gum Shields and White Mitts Compulsory
Brown & Black Belt.
UNDER 19 KUMITE BOYS;                                     Events may be added or dropped on the day
Up to Purple Belt
Brown & Black Belt                                                     Wheelchair Events will be decided on the day.

The 2nd and the most important for the club and the development of the students within the club is our club grading which we hope to hold in late may.(dates will be confirmed later).

We currently have 11 students training for their next grade,
3 Senior students going for their White Belt (12 kyu).
4 junior students going for their Orange Belts (11 kyu).
2 junior students going for their Orange with black stipe Belts (10 kyu).
2 Senior students going for their 1st purple & 2nd purple(5 kyu-4 kyu).

We are very focused on the Grading at the moment as what is learned in this busy time will always be remembered by the students who take the next step on their Karate Journey.

We have Finlay managed to get a second hall where we  have the flexibility to run extra classes before gradings and tournaments,also in the the near future we will be holding "kombaton class" Kombatan is a Filipino martial art  which differs from most in that it firstly teaches the student how to use and defend against weapons before using the open hand or weapon free attack or defence methods. Kombatan is based on self-defence techniques and their practicality, and weapons are used only as an extension of the hand.

We are a Club who prides it self on an excellent standard of Traditional Shotokan Karate - Do for all regardless of  Disabilities , age, gender or background!When you walk into the Dojo you are a student nothing more or  nothing less. 
So with the help of Sensei Power,Senpai Mulcathy and Senpai O'Dea we will bring "Dungarvan Karate Club" to even greater heights.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Sensei Returns

Last Wednesday saw another group of new students arrive at the Dojo,this is starting to be a bit of a trend!we have a full hall now more often than not but most are trying it for the first time.
We focused  on the basic Kihon and the applications so the newer students under-stand why the moves are carried out in this way.
Firstly we started with the downward block(Gedan Bari) in (Zenkutsu Dachi) Forward Stance 5 times going forward and 5 going back with a good Shout (Kiai) on the fifth, all techniques were carried out this way so the newer students didn't get confused with turning downward block( Mawate Gedan Bar).Then we carried out the main punching techniques = Lunge Punch (Oi Zuki) / Reverse Punch (Gyaku Zuki) /Knife Hand Strike (Shuto Uchi) all 5 forward and 5 back but with a stance change to (Kokutsu Dachi) Back Stance for the Knife hand block.

Second section was the basic blocks and again 5 forward and 5 back.
(Age Uke) Rising Block /(Soto Uke) Outside Block / (Uchi Ude Uke) Inside Block.

Third section we focused on was the Kicking techniques these were also carried out 5 forward turn and the same again all in (Zenkutsu Dachi) Forward Stance we started with (Mae Geri) Front Kick and then moved on to the more advanced kicks all in (Kiba Dachi) Horse Stance allot of  focus was placed on the stance it self as this is one of the more physicality demanding of all the stances.(Yoko Geri Kekomi ) Side Thrust Kick and (Yoko Geri Keagi ) Side Snap Kick but these kicks are 3 to your left and 3 to your right,their was a sigh of relief when we changed to some partner work to end the class.

You may ask why is the blog titled "The Sensei Returns" well the class was supervised by Sensei Tony Power    who had previously run the Dungarvan club for many years.Sensei Power took the class for the last 15 mins and made use work even harder than we had previously it was a great experience being taught by Sensei Power again after all these years.Dungarvan Karate club has produced many excellent karate-ka over the years and Sensei power has had a key role in this!

 It appears as if their is an angelic glow around us but this is steam from the last 15 Min's where Sensei Power (pictured above on left) pushed us hard.

From the start of April 2nd we will be training every Saturday morning from 11:30am-1:00pm and Wednesday  8:00pm - 9:10pm hope to see you their.
Till next time.



Thursday, March 24, 2011

9th Dan Black belt comes to Fermoy

On the weekend of the 12th / 13th of march members of the Dungarvan Dojo traveled , firstly to the Cope Centre in Montenotte Cork where Sensei Toomey was holding a wheelchair Karate class over the past 6 weeks. Kato Sensei was taking the class on the morning of the 12th,the class consisted of basic blocks and counter attacks to the vital areas, as you would imagine when being attacked in a seated position your not going to try and reach up to strike someone in the face and especially so if you haven't the use of your legs!Most counter attacks were to the neck / midsection and the groin area.

Pictured above are the Adults and Children of the Cope Centre and in the middle Kato Sensei  9th Dan and Toomey Sensei 6th Dan and last but not least Sempai O'Dea.

The second half of the Saturday course began in Fermoy where kato sensei gave us a very interesting and dynamic 3 hours of training,the focus Saturdays  training was on counter an attacking before your attacker had completed their attack this i have to say is very difficult  but when practice continues it becomes more natural a feeling as the class moves on.When we had mastered the counter attack from punching/kicking and open hand techniques it was time for partner work this is an excellent form of training as you have no control of the other person any thing can and will happen all kinds of silly mistakes will happen, but this is all  part of learning karate-Do!The class ended with one of Kato Sensei own katas which is called
Kibaken Sandan this is a very challenging Kata as all katas are when their primary stance is kibadachi.

Sunday the big day?

Sunday was also an excellent day of training and study, we spent 1 hour working on two of the more difficult kicks in Shotokan the first was Mawashi Geri (Round House Kick) and Yoko Geri Kekomi (Side trust Kick) when  you think there was no stop and all from a natural position (Fudo Dachi) and all carried out slowly for an Hour we were all glad to have a change but the change was back to the Kibaken katas 3 in total.this was a very intense day of training under the Masters supervision.

You may ask why was Sunday so important as opposed to Saturday, well on the Sunday of most of Kato Sensei courses he holds a Black Belt grading which is held after the weekend training has completed.A Black Belt grading would have been training for the hole weekend and now had an hour or so to prove they had the ability to move on through the grades.
On this occasion it was Ben Kelly from the Tuam club who had to take the next step in his journey.
Here are some pictures from his grading.

and here is one of me???

Well done Ben.(Ben graded for his Second Dan and received his grade).

This is a picture of the Juniors who attended the March course in Fermoy.

The weekend as a hole was an excellent one people traveled from all over Ireland and Europe to attend Kato Sensei course in fermoy ,We are proud to be members of an organisation who actively encourage inclusion of people from all backgrounds and all physical and mental abilities we have to remember that when the masters of Shotokan-ryu developed their style it was for everyone and the only requirement was Spirit!


Thursday, March 10, 2011


Old faces and a lot of new Ones

The build up to training on a Wednesday is always rush rush make sure the nights print outs are done and check my little helper Louise is all geared up and ready to go, grab the bags and go!
Last night was even more rushed, received a call from Sempai Mulcathy saying something had come up and couldn't make it OK no problem then I received another call from a student saying he would be their OK so as it turned out I arrived to the club with 4 student and my self.

When I walked through the door 5 new students and one student with a badly broken leg who wished to continue his training from a seated position and some old faces greeted me. When you walk in to the Dojo you never know what will greet you when arrive.

We concentrated on kihon during last night’s session and allot of work from a standing position to accommodate our seated friend. It was a challenge but everyone was very happy with the nights training.

Mike receiving  his last grade from Sensei Toomey he will be taking his next grade in a wheelchair for his Yellow belt.

Louise doing a perfect front snap kick to the head in an open competition.

Thomas and Mark fighting in the IJKA Irish championships last year.welcome back T.

Sempai O'Dea and two members of the Douglas Karate team who recieved 3 place in the IJKA Irish championships ( mens team kumite).
Were all looking forward to training with Kato Sensei in Fermoy this weekend.
Til next time


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Master is Coming


International Japan Karate Association Ireland
             Presents 2011 Spring Seminar

IJKA World Chief Instructor
Shihan S. Kato (9th Dan)

March 12th and 13th. 2011
Ken-Bu-Kan Dojo, Fermoy,Co. Cork.

Wheelchair Class
In Cope Centre Montonoty Cork

All Grades

All Grades
In Fermoy       2:00pm – 5:00pm
Instructors Class
All Grades

Dan Grading


1 Class
2 Classes

For further information on the course or accommodation contact: Brian,00353872500783

 Sensei Toomey 6th dan (as a young man??) Shihan S.Kato 9th  Dan who returns to Fermoy one again to share his knowledge of  Shotokan Karate-Do.