About Bushido Karate Club

Welcome to the Bushido Karate Club Cork's Premier Traditional Shotokan Karate-Do Schools in Douglas and Glanmire.  My name is Renshi Aaron Kenneally (5th Dan Black Belt SKIF), and I started my Shotokan Karate-Do journey in 1986.  I am 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 grade of GODAN (5th Dan Black Belt). It was a huge honour to grade in Japan a place I regularly travel to in order 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 (greater Japan Budo Encouragement Federation established in 1895 in Kyoto, Japan) and 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 over a 23 year period at SKIF European and World Championships and being an international competitor wearing the Irish Flag is always an honour and privilege.  Bushido Karate Club has a solid history of producing some of the top karateka's in Ireland including some members reaching the finals of both the SKIF World and European Championships including winning a Silver and Bronze at World level, however 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 normal training.

Bushido Karate Club has multiple clubs in Cork city where we have both kid-specific classes and adult-specific classes focused entirely on the development, encouragement, guidance of the next generation of karateka.  Being a member of Bushido Karate Club is being a member of our karate family.  We use a unique system from Japan called a Senpai-Kohai Relationship 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 "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, fitness and will develop and improve there character, which are skills that transfer to their school and home life also, these are the skills of Bushido.

Bushido Karate Club Instructors

Sensei Aaron Kenneally

Sensei 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

Post-Covid Training Times in Bushido Karate Branches

Bushido Glanmire
Glanmire GAA, Glanmire, Co. Cork, Ireland, T45 XE36

Training Times
Thursday @ 19:00 - 20:00 - Karate Kids Class

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

Training Times
Wednesday @ 18:45 - 19:45 - Karate Kids Class

Training Times
Friday @ 19:00 - 20:30 - Adults Only Class