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by | April 2, 2020 · 05:00

Daito Ryu -Thomastown- March

Daito Ryu seminar led by Oisin Bourke, a 4th dan instructor and student of Hiroo Iida Sensei of Sopporo Japan.

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by | March 3, 2020 · 14:18

Gallery – Aikido with Simone

Fortunately for myself and the Nore Valley Aikido Club, our technical director has moved over to Ireland for a few months. These pictures were taken by my daughter Faye during the first of his visits this year. He will be teaching again in a few week. Details will be published on the Takemusu Aikido Ireland facebook page.

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During this class Simone emphasized the importance of entering off the line and following through with smooth and continuous movements. His classes tend to focus on a particular aspect of training while retaining the depth of Aikido and the ways of training the body and mind.

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by | April 5, 2017 · 21:16

Pictures – Keiko in Jerpoint

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Photos by Shirley O’Brien. Thursday 2nd June 2016

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by | June 7, 2016 · 20:51

Experience Japan – Dublin

Click to Enlarge! Myself and Aidan had the pleasure of Demonstrating at the Experience Japan event last weekend.

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by | April 20, 2016 · 16:47

KSR with Luigi Carniel Sensei in Inistioge

Photos by Dominika Mlynarska.

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Last weekend I had the pleasure to host a Katori Shinto Ryu seminar given by my Sensei, Luigi Carniel. Students traveled from Switzerland, England and Italy to attend and to take in the beautiful countryside of Inistioge. This was not only a weekend of insightful training but only a wonderfully social occasion. Everyone stayed at the local BnB, The Woodstock Arms where they were very well looked after by Richard and Annette O’ Keefe, we had a Party there Saturday night with Irish Stew and Trad Music. Criac was had by all.

During the classes Luigi Sensei made many important points. Most relevant to the training of Budo in a general sense. To focus on basics and to consider the meaning of what we do. For Sensei it is very important that the basics are keep to a high standard and that a student never gets complacent, believing they understand something far more than they actually do. He often stresses the importance of always improving our training through consistent diligent practice.

And the more Social side! Photos by Remy and Vinz.

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Thanks very much to Luigi Carniel Sensei for a wonderfully insightful Seminar. It was an absolute delight to host such a lovely bunch of people. Thanks to all who attended and helped make this happen. Especially to my wonderful wife Susie for making two delicious meals. To Richard and Annette of the Woodstock Arms BnB who made a great Breakfast! And the musicians who played on Saturday night, Thanks Stefanie and co.

The Woodstock Arms BnB in Inistioge –

Luigi Carniel Sensei. Dojo Neuchatel Switzerland –



by | March 22, 2016 · 15:17

Keiko – Sketches By Kass


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by | January 22, 2016 · 15:05

First Keiko in Ballynunnery

First session of Katori Shinto Ryu at my new place in South Kilkenny.

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I will begin work on a home Dojo in the next couple of months. I’ll be renovating a shed with wood flooring, walls and a large window. Its a small space, big enough for 4 people to train Iaijutsu, Jujutsu or Aikido. About 10 Tatami. Besides from my own classes, the Dojo will also host weekend courses with Guest Instructors. Hope to be opening for the New Year. First I will fundraise a couple of grand to cover the expenses. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Ballynunnery is a townland near The Rower Inistioge. Just 5 minutes drive from New Ross, Wexford. 40 from Waterford and Kilkenny.

Weekly training in  The Rower. Mondays and Fridays 10am till 12.

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by | July 1, 2015 · 11:11

Kenjutsu Ireland – Photos by Katherine

Photo taken at recent seminar held by Kenseikai Ireland Iaido Dojo. We trained Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido and gave a short session of Katori Shinto Ryu Iaijutsu.

Next two pictures taken during one of our 3 hour sessions in Jerpoint. We hold these longer sessions at least once a month to cater for students who must travel far to train with us and therefore less frequently.

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by | May 10, 2015 · 11:11

Takemusu Aikido Spring Course 2015 – Gallery – Thomastown Dojo

The Sixth Takemusu Aikido Ireland Course with Sensei Simone Chierchini. Held in our Thomastown and Waterford Dojo.

These Fabulous Picture where taken by Dominika Mlynarska of the Nore Valley Aikido Dojo. She is the Red Haired Lady in Hakama. Currently living in Kilkenny and studying Arts.

Jerpoint Thomastown Dojo –

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by | March 9, 2015 · 11:15