About Bushido Karate Club

Bushido Karate Club is Cork's Premier Traditional Shotokan Karate Club.  The club was formed in 2010 and operated in Douglas and Carrigtwohill.  The club caters for both Parents & Kids and Adults and has, over the years, produced students who have represented Ireland at both World and European levels.

Bushido Karate Club has a solid history of producing some of the top karatekas in Ireland, including some members reaching the finals of both the SKIF World and European Championships, including winning Silver and Bronze at the World level and Gold at the European level. Our goal is not focused on just producing champions; we train to a very high standard of traditional Shotokan karate, and students performing well at competitions, both domestic and international, is just a result of our standard training.

Being a member of the Bushido Karate Club is being a member of our karate family.  We use a unique system from Japan called a Senpai-Kohai Relationship, in which the more experienced students look after and help the new students to ensure they feel like part of a family.  

The name "Bushido" is also a significant and ancient Japanese way of life which translates as "The way of the Warrior". In ancient Japan, Bushido warriors, we very skilful and courageous warriors but were best known for their strong spirit.  Karate-Do is a traditional Martial Art that teaches students; respect, honour, discipline, self-defence, and fitness and will develop and improve their character, skills that transfer to their school and home life; these are the skills of Bushido.

About Renshi Aaron Kenneally 5th Dan SKIF

My name is Renshi Aaron Kenneally (5th Dan Black Belt SKIF), and I am the Chief Instructor for Bushido Karate Club.  

I started my Shotokan Karate-Do journey in 1986. I'm very privileged to have trained and graded my whole life under Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa (10th Dan Black Belt SKIF), who was considered to be one of the greatest Karate-Do masters to have ever lived. 

In 2015 while training in SKIF GHQ in Tokyo, Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa promoted me to the grade of GODAN (5th Dan Black Belt). It was a huge honour to grade in Japan, a place I regularly travel to study and continually improve my standard of Karate.

In 2019 while training in SKIF GHQ in Tokyo, Soke Hirokazu Kanazawa bestowed the fellowship title of "Renshi" to me, which is a SHOGO fellowship.  SHOGO is a title system set up by the Dai-Nippon Budoku-kai (The Greater Japan Budo Encouragement Federation, established in 1895 in Kyoto, Japan). This title is recognised across all Traditional Japanese Martial Arts; this was a huge honour to receive.  Over the years, I have represented my country several times, including SKIF European and World Championships. In 2022 I became a SKIEF International Referee at the 2022 SKIEF European Championships in The Netherlands. 

Bushido Karate Club Instructors

Sensei Aaron Kenneally

Renshi Aaron Kenneally - 5th Dan
Head Instructor

Telephone: +353876307006

Courses Completed

Fully Garda Vetted

Sport Ireland - Safeguarding 1
Child Protection in Sport Workshop

Sport Ireland - Safeguarding 2
Club Childrens Officer Workshop

Sport Ireland - Safeguarding 3
Club Designated Liason Person Workshop

Sport Ireland - Sports First Aid

Open University - COVID Safe Martial Art Instructor Certification

Sport Ireland - COVID-19 Return to Sport Certification

Sensei Yuka Evans

Sensei Yuka Evans - 3rd Dan
Designated Liason Officer

Telephone: +353871795105

Courses Completed

Fully Garda Vetted

Sport Ireland - Safeguarding 1
Child Protection in Sport Workshop

Sport Ireland - Safeguarding 2
Club Childrens Officer Workshop

Sport Ireland - Safeguarding 3
Club Designated Liason Person Workshop

Sport Ireland - Sports First Aid

Open University - COVID Safe Martial Art Instructor Certification

Sport Ireland - COVID-19 Return to Sport Certification

Sensei Ana Planas

Sensei Ana Planas - 2nd Dan
Child Welfare Officer

Telephone: +353871795105

Courses Completed

Fully Garda Vetted

Sport Ireland - Safeguarding 1
Child Protection in Sport Workshop

Sport Ireland - Safeguarding 2
Club Childrens Officer Workshop

Sport Ireland - Safeguarding 3
Club Designated Liason Person Workshop

Sport Ireland - Sports First Aid

Open University - COVID Safe Martial Art Instructor Certification

Sport Ireland - COVID-19 Return to Sport Certification

Sensei Melanie Marshall

Sensei Melanie Marshall - 2nd Dan
Designated Liason Officer

Telephone: +353870652561

Courses Completed

Fully Garda Vetted

Safeguarding 1
Child Protection in Sport Workshop

Safeguarding 2
Club Childrens Officer Workshop

Safeguarding 3
Club Designated Liason Person Workshop

Sports First Aid

Open University - COVID Safe Martial Art Instructor Certification

Sport Ireland - COVID-19 Return to Sport Certification

Training Times in Bushido Karate Branches

Bushido Carrigtwohill

Tullagreen, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, T45 XR40, Ireland

Training Times
Monday @ 19:00 - 20:00 - All Grades / All Ages
Monday @ 20:00 - 21:00 - Advanced
Thursday @ 19:00 - 20:00 - All Grades / All Ages

Bushido Douglas

ICA Hall, Church Road, Douglas, Co. Cork, T12 KP79, Ireland

Training Times
Wednesday @ 18:45 - 19:45 - All Grades / All Ages
Friday @ 19:00 - 21:00 - Advanced