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Traditional JKS Shotokan Karate Dojo located in Dublin 15

Tyrrelstown Karate Club is a traditional Shotokan Karate Dojo located in the heart of Tyrrelstown Dublin 15. Whether your looking to get fit, learn self defence, try something new, or make some new friends, TKC is the club for you. We are affiliated to JKS Ireland & Japan offering top quality instruction and a welcoming atmosphere. New Members always welcome. Structured class timetable for ages 4 years up to adults. The first lesson is free!

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What Tyrrelstown Karate Offers

Shotokan Karate training from 4 years of age and above.

Monday: 6pm - 7pm: Junior Class: 8-13 years

Monday: 7pm - 8pm: Seniors Class 14 years & above

Tuesday : 6pm - 7pm: Kids Pandas Class: 4-8 years

Thursday: 6pm - 7pm: Junior Class: 8-13 years

Thursday: 7pm - 8pm: Seniors Class 14 years & above

Saturday : 11am - 12pm: Kids Pandas Class: 4-8 years


Traditional Karate

Traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate as taught in Japan. Sensei Brian Leahy travels to Japan annually to train in the JKS Honbu Dojo (Headquaters) in Tokyo. The knowledge and training methods obtained there are brought back to Tyrrelstown dojo and passed on to the students.


Karate training is a great way to up your physical fitness. It is proven to be one of the best ways to burn fat, improve flexibility and condition your body using traditional Karate techniques as well as body weight and cardiovascular exercises


Self Defence

Learn how to protect yourself and develop self defence techniques. In Karate, we learn discipline. We learn never to start a fight but if needs be, how to finish one. Being able to defend yourself in a threatening situation is beneficial to everybody.

Competition Training

If you are interested in competing in tournaments, Tyrrelstown Karate Club offers opportunities for students to do so. Our affiliation to JKS Ireland and ONAKAI give our students a large selection of high level events and tournaments to compete in. Students also have a chance to be selected for the Irish National Squad. If selected, students can compete in National and International events such as the European and World Championships



Our affiliation to JKS Ireland provides us with many seminars every year with instructors from Japan, who travel to Ireland to teach and provide us with top class training.


Shotokan is a style of karate developed by Gichin Funakoshi Sensei. Funakoshi Sensei was born in Okinawa and is widely credited with popularizing karate-do through a series of public demonstrations, and by promoting the development of university karate clubs in Japan.

Funakoshi Senei had many students at the university clubs and outside dojos who continued to teach karate after his death in 1957. However, internal disagreements led to the creation of different organisations such as JKA, JKS, etc... although they all bear Funakoshi Sensei's influence.

As the most widely practiced style, Shotokan is considered a traditional and influential form of karate do.

Tyrrelstown Karate Club is affiliated with JKS (Japan Karate Shotorenmei). JKS is one of the leading worldwide karate organisation.  The Chief instructor of JKS is Masao Kagawa Shihan.  He has reached the highest level of instructor at JKA and has great knowledge and technical skills.These he has shown by reaching all kinds of national and international karate- titles on the Tatami. Sensei Kagawa is seen as the best instructor in Japan, where he is giving all his energy and love for karate in the JKS Honbu Dojo and is leading the national team of JKS. Kagawa Shihan is also councellor for WKF Karate and has played a big part in introducing karate into the olympics in Tokyo 2020.

Our affiliation with JKS offers the opportunities to train with Kagawa Shihan annually in Ireland, as well as other World Class Japanese Instructors.


Tyrrelstown Karate Club classes are taught by Sensei Brian Leahy. Brian holds the rank of Sandan (3rd Dan) JKS Black Belt. Brian started Karate training under Sensei Gerry Kane in 2001 at the age of 6 and has been training and teaching ever since. Brian travels annually to Japan to train in the JKS Honbu Dojo (Headquaters) in Tokyo with some of the best Karate practitioners in the world.Training methods and the knowledge obtained are brought back and taught to the students of Tyrrelstown. Brian is also part of the JKS Ireland  National Karate team and competes regularly in National & International Events. 


Sensei Gerry Kane

TKC Founder

Sensei Gerry Kane was the founder of Tyrrelstown Karate club. Gerry Sensei was well known in the martial arts community for his excellent teaching capabilities and his ability to create high level Karateka. Gerry had many clubs over the years with countless students who would all agree he was an inspirational man. Unfortunately Gerry Sensei became ill and is no longer with us. He entrusted the Club to Brian sensei in 2018. We will always have him with us in spirit and we aim to carry on the legacy he left behind. Oss Sensei Kane !

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Sensei Brian Leahy

Tyrrelstown Karate Club Instructor

Classes are run under the instruction of Sensei Brian Leahy, 3rd Dan JKS Black Belt. Training since the age of 6, Brian has devoted many years into studying the art of Shotokan Karate. Mentored by Sensei Gerry Kane and Sensei Dermot O'Keefe, Brian has had a strong upbringing in karate since a young age.Brian also travels to Japan annually to train in the JKS Honbu Dojo in Tokyo to learn from the very best in Shotokan Karate. These training methods and information are then brought back to Tyrrelstown Karate Club and passed on the students.

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Upcoming Events

  • JKS Tyrrelstown Interclub Competition
    JKS Tyrrelstown Interclub Competition
    Sun, 11 Jun
    Holbstown Road
    11 Jun 2023, 10:00 – 12 Jun 2023, 10:00
    Holbstown Road, Tyrrelstown Community Centre, Hollywoodrath Rise, Holbstown Road, Dublin 15, Ireland
    11 Jun 2023, 10:00 – 12 Jun 2023, 10:00
    Holbstown Road, Tyrrelstown Community Centre, Hollywoodrath Rise, Holbstown Road, Dublin 15, Ireland
    Our annual interclub karate tournament for members of JKS Ireland.

“The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.”

 "Gichin Funakoshi"

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Tyrrelstown Community Centre, Tyrrelstown Way, Tyrrelstown, Dublin, Ireland

083 861 3810

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