Clubzone: Bushido helping to build self-confidence and physical and mental health

Clubzone: Bushido helping to build self-confidence and physical and mental health
Brook O'Brien Crowley, Ashley McCarthy and Malak Hadzik members of Bushido Karate club at Scoil Nioclais, Frankfield. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The Bushido Karate Club is bringing martial arts training to the areas of Frankfield, Glanmire and Douglas.

After humble beginnings in 2010, there are now 40 kids in the club academies and 20 adult members.

Led by Sensei Aaron Kenneally, who has over 30 years of experience in karate training, the club's ethos is to provide karate for all.

Daniel Danylyuk and Naomi Senneye members of Bushido Karate club at Scoil Nioclais, Frankfield.Picture; Eddie O'Hare
Daniel Danylyuk and Naomi Senneye members of Bushido Karate club at Scoil Nioclais, Frankfield.Picture; Eddie O'Hare

“We accept beginners at all our branches and no previous experience is necessary,” says Aaron.

“We have people travelling long distances to train in our dojo as it has a very strong history and reputation. We are also a very inclusive dojo and have students from various different nationalities and backgrounds,” he adds.

The success of the club owes much to the wealth of knowledge of its Sensei, Aaron, who has been a Dan Black Belt since the age of 12.

Samuel Arki and Callum McCarthy members of Bushido Karate club at Scoil Nioclais, Frankfield.Picture; Eddie O'Hare
Samuel Arki and Callum McCarthy members of Bushido Karate club at Scoil Nioclais, Frankfield.Picture; Eddie O'Hare

“Over the years I have had the privilege of representing Ireland several times at World and European championships and there is no greater honour than representing your country on the world stage against the best in the world. While competition is an aspect of Karate, it wouldn't be the main focus of my dojo as my dojo is strictly traditional,” says Aaron.

Aaron Kenneally, (back centre) chief instructor with members of Bushido Karate club at Scoil Nioclais, Frankfield.Picture; Eddie O'Hare
Aaron Kenneally, (back centre) chief instructor with members of Bushido Karate club at Scoil Nioclais, Frankfield.Picture; Eddie O'Hare

Once accepted, members have to pay a small annual membership fee in addition to a monthly or bi-monthly training fee. The club also offers family plans for families with two or more members.

“Due to the size of the club I was able to keep the training fees as low as possible as I teach voluntarily and any profit made by the club has always been put back into the club and we have given large financial contributions to our students to help them travel to international competitions,” says Aaron.

“To me, the club is about its members and seeing the kids grow in the club and be the best they can be is the best reward that far outweighs what would be any monetary rewards,” he adds.

Jayden Fernandez and Ryan O'Sullivan members of Bushido Karate club at Scoil Nioclais, Frankfield.Picture; Eddie O'Hare
Jayden Fernandez and Ryan O'Sullivan members of Bushido Karate club at Scoil Nioclais, Frankfield.Picture; Eddie O'Hare

The accessibility and popularity of the club has led to some considerable success.

“Over the years we have had great success at domestic and international competitions. Many of our students have won National championships and we have had a few members represent Ireland at European and World Level, some reaching the finals,” says Aaron.

Karate is a great way to build self-confidence and improve physical and mental health, says Aaron.

Siofra Murphy and Maryam Hadzik members of Bushido Karate club at Scoil Nioclais, Frankfield.Picture; Eddie O'Hare
Siofra Murphy and Maryam Hadzik members of Bushido Karate club at Scoil Nioclais, Frankfield.Picture; Eddie O'Hare

“We do offer basic self-defence classes for children as part of our regular training but our kids only is non-contact but we offer a more advanced Self Defence Classes for our Adults Class. Karate-do is a very all-round martial art that has a wide variety of different fighting aspects that are built into our Kata such as takedowns, groundwork, striking, kicking, joint locks and strikes and more.“ 

The club is now accepting new members at all branches but places are limited at Frankfield (Wed 7pm-8pm Kids-Only), Glanmire (Thurs 7pm-8pm Kids-Only), Douglas (Friday 7pm-8.30pm Adults Only). 

For further information visit http://www.bushidokarate.ie or call 0876307006.

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