Seminar – Guy Brodeur 7th Dan

Guy Brodeur 7th Dan

Thursday 11th November 2021

Ranelagh, Hombu Dojo

7pm - 9pm

€20 per person

Guy Sensei is a long time student of Steve Ubl Sensei, a former top competitor in the SKIF with a haul of international titles and founder and chief instructor of Shotokan Canada.

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Price: 20,00 €
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Bob Rhodes, 8th Dan

Thursday 28th October 2021 – 7-9pm


Bob Rhodes was born in Leeds, North Yorkshire on the 3rd of March 1946. At school, he participated in a variety of sports so it wasn’t till he was 20 that he took up karate. Bob decided to join Leeds Shotokan Karate Club, run at the time by international competitor Ronnie Wade.

Bob first competed as a green belt at the KUGB National Championships as a member of the Leeds team which came second. He won kata and kumite individual and team events several times at the Northern Region Championships. Bob achieved final positions in the KUGB Nationals for kata and kumite and was a member of the Leeds team which won in 1973. During this time Bob was chosen for the KUGB National Squad and his first event as an international competitor was The Yugoslavian Golden Belt Competition.

For several years Bob Rhodes was a member of both the KUGB National Squad, and the GB All Styles Squad which was made up of the best fighters chosen from different styles. While Bob was in the KUGB team, they were coached by sensei Enoeda who at the time was also the European Chief Instructor. The KUGB team was successful in winning many International and European championships, and participated in World championships. Bob was also a member of the KUGB team which won several times in the All Styles National Championships, and he achieved 2nd and 3rd in the individual kumite events.

For the GB all styles team, the coach was sensei Steve Arneil. Bob was successful with the kumite team coming first in many international events against countries including France, Japan and Sweden. He was also successful with the same team in European and World team kumite events . Bob’s international career culminated in victory when at the age of 29, he was part of the kumite squad that beat the Japanese to win the world championship in California in 1975.

After retiring from international competition, Bob was elected KUGB Northern Region Officer where he was responsible for organising competitions and courses as well as instructing and coaching the Northern Region Squad. Bob carried out the duties of this position for 15 years.

Bob Rhodes became one of the eight KUGB grading examiners in the 1970s qualifying to grade up to 1st Kyu. In 2004 Bob Rhodes was appointed as a black belt grading examiner, a position only held by 6 people in the UK at the time. He was also a member of the KUGB Technical Committee, responsible for discussing and making decisions on technical matters. Bob was awarded 7th Dan in 2005 and 8th Dan in 2014 by the KUGB.

Bob has had many teaching successes including being coach for the KUGB Scottish Squad for a year. Within his Leeds Shotokan Karate Club where he was chief instructor for more than 30 years, Bob coached and mentored many successful national, international and world competitors including Sean Roberts, Randolph Williams, Caroline Quansah, Vivian Roland, Nick Heald and Matthew Price.

Bob Rhodes is a qualified National, European and  World Championship Referee and has had the responsibility of refereeing the finals in many of these competitions.

Bob has taught at clubs and courses all over the country as well as abroad. Over many years he has developed an extensive interest in exploring and creating kata bunkai and oyo which he is often asked to teach on courses. He will continue for as long as he can to teach and impart the vast knowledge he has gleaned over a long and active career.

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HKDI Ireland presents

an Open Course and Grading


Scott Langley 7th Dan  *  Ray Stritch 6th Dan  *  Jason Smyth 5th Dan

Saturday 19th September 2020

3.30pm – 5.30pm

Centenary Hall, Wesley House, Leeson Park, Dublin 6 D06 N5P0

With almost 120 years of experience between them, three senior instructors of HDKI Ireland come together to teach an afternoon technical seminar.

With three unique takes on karate, this will be a great afternoon of great karate.

Training will be split by rank, with each group having an opportunity to train with each instructor. Don’t miss out on this great chance to train with some of the most senior instructors in Ireland.

Covid-19 Restrictions

The seminar will be in accordance to ONAKAI (NGB) regulations. Numbers are limited and booking is essential.

This course is open to all karate-ka regardless of grade of association.

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Fulvio Pascut 7th Dan

HDKI Ireland are delighted to host Fulvio Pascut 7th Dan for the first time teaching in Ireland. Fulvio Sensei is a long term student of Paolo Bolaffio Sensei, Fulvio is a senior instructor at the Makotokai Hombu in Trieste, Italy and travels throughout the world teaching for the group.

Monday January 13th - Hombu Dojo Ranelagh - 7pm-9pm

Tickets are limited.
€20 per person.

You can book online here or email to reserve your place.

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Rick Hotton Seminar

Rick Hotton Sensei

Saturday, 7th September, 1pm – 4pm (followed by a club grading), Wesley College, Ballinteer, Dublin 16

Rick Sensei returns once more to Dublin for a one day, special seminar. Always a popular instructor, he will bring his unique style and take to deliver a master class of karate.

Cost: Adults €30, Children (under 16) €20

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David Gimberline Seminar

Sadly, this course is now CANCELLED

David Gimberline Sensei

Thursday 22nd August 2019, 7-9pm, Hombu Dojo Karate, Ranelagh, Dublin.

David Sensei will travel over from Minnesota, USA, to conduct a series of seminars in Europe, this being his only Irish date. Specialising in kata application, David Sensei has become well known and respected throughout the karate community for his unique, insightful and practical ideas of applying shotokan form to self-defence.

Course cancelled unfortunately…

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Paul Uren 5th Dan and Christian Øygarden 3rd Dan – Open Seminar

HDKI Ireland present an Open Seminar

with Paul Uren 5th Dan and Christian Øygarden 3rd Dan

assisted by Hombu Dojo Instructors

Saturday 8th June 2019

Tallaght Leisure Centre

Furtunestown Way - Dublin 24

Paul began training at age 7 and started as an assistant instructor when he was 15. He competed from a young age attaining junior and senior kumite and kata titles at association and squad level, including 3 individual senior SEKU kata titles and winning the technical excellence award. He achieved his current rank of 5th Dan in January 2011. He started Plymouth Karate-Do in 1998 and has succeeded in supporting students of all ages and ability to achieve their goals. He strongly believes in helping others, both in physical improvement and personal development. From 2005-2008 Paul was the SEKU senior squad kumite and kata coach, supporting the squad through a period great success at national and international level. He is now a senior and well-respected member of HDKI GB.

Christian Sensei began training in 1998 in his hometown of Kongsberg, Norway with the Norwegian Shotokan Federation. In 2004 he moved to Vestby and began training with Robert Hagen, a senior instructor of the NSF. During these years, Christian has sought out a variety of instructors and has been a regular attendee on the numerous seminars the group host. Innovative, inventive and individual, Christian’s karate has developed tremendously, and he is now the chief instructor of Vestby Karate Club.

Training 10am - 12pm & 12.30pm - 2pm

Cost of Training:

Adults: 16yrs and over    Є30 (€40 non-members)

Children: under 16yrs   Є20.00 (€30 non-members)

Please pay on the door on the day.  Email to reserve a place.

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Minoru Kawawada

Minoru Kawawada 8th Dan

JKA World & All-Japan Grand Champion, Hoitsugan Chief Instructor

Wednesday 4th December 2019
Palmerstown Sports Complex
20 Oakcourt Grove, Johnstown, Dublin 20
6-8pm All Grades Welcome

Thursday 5th December 2019
Hombu Dojo
Ranelagh, Dublin 6
7-9pm Black Belts Only

Kawawada Sensei is a product of the golden age of the JKA. A graduate of Takusoku University and the Kenshusei programme, he went on to develop into a formidable competitor, becoming Grand Champion at both the JKA All-Japan and the JKA World Championships. After many years teaching and working at the JKA Headquarters, he now dedicates his time to teaching at Nakayama Sensei’s personal dojo, the famous Hoitsugan. Kawawada Sensei has a generous and humorous teaching style and the HDKI are honoured to host him in Ireland for the first time.

Juniors: 1 day - €15           2 days - €25
Seniors: 1 day - €20           2 days - €35

Book your place on the Courses & Competitions page.

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Rick Hotton Open Course – March 24th

Rick Hotton - Open Course with Scott Langley

March 24th - Tallaght Leisure Centre

Tallaght Leisure Centre, Fortunestown Way, Dublin 24

This course is open to all karate-ka regardless of grade or association.

Training Times: 
10am - 12pm and 12.30pm - 2pm

Cost of Training:
Adults: 16yrs and over
HDKI members Є30
Non members €40 

Children: under 16yrs
HDKI members Є20.00
Non members €30

Scott Langley, 6th Dan, is the Head Technical Director for Hombu Dojo Karate International.  He lived in Japan for 5 years and is now resident in Dublin.  A graduate of the famous instructors course in Japan, Scott has been a successful competitor with National, European and World Championship titles to his name. He is the author of the best selling "Karate Stupid" and "Karate Clever" and is in great demand as an instructor both in Ireland and Abroad.

Rick Sensei started training in 1970 at the West Wind Dojo in Florida. In 1976 he inherited the dojo and since then has remained its instructor. Originally a member of the USKA, Rick Sensei moved to Richard Kim’s group in 1989 and since that time has endeavored to train and learn from as many instructors as possible. He is also a long time student of Matsugi Saotome, who is considered to be one of the best Aikido masters in the world today. For the past three years Rick Sensei has been the NSKF representative in North America under the guidance of Pemba Tamang Sensei, who was the first foreigner ever to do the JKA instructors’ course. 

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Rick Jackson

HDKI Ireland presents Rick Jackson, 8th Dan

12th February, 7-9pm, Hombu Dojo Ranelagh

Rick Sensei began training in the 1960’s and travelled to Japan in the early 1970’s where he lived and trained for several years at the infamous JKA Hombu Dojo in Ebisu, Tokyo. After returning from his time there, he continued to develop his art, becoming one of the most senior instructors in British karate. He is the founder of Fudochi Shotokan Karate and teaches regularly at Leicester University Karate Club. Blending traditional Shotokan Karate with concepts of Budo and Zazen meditation, Rick Sensei always delivers a thought-provoking and informative class.

Course cost €20.

Places are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment.  

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