Julie Nicholson

September 10th 2022

Terenure Sports Club (formerly CYM)

2pm to 4pm

HDKI Ireland are pleased to welcome Julie Nicholson 6th Dan, assisted by John Holdsworth 6th Dan, for an open technical Seminar.

Julie Sensei is a highly successful competitor and dominated JKA European and World Championships in the 1980’s and 1990’s winnig the KUGB national championships 15 times and was the first woman to become grand champion.

Julie’s coach and husband, John Sensei, will also accompany Julie Sensei, bringing his knowledge, experience and insight to the seminar.

A great opportunity to train and learn from two of the most senior members of the HDKI GB.

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Terenure Sports Club, 54 Terenure Rd N, Terenure, Dublin 6W, Co. Dublin, D6W XY13

There is a car park (APCOA) at Terenure Sports Club – and there is also another public carpark in Terenure village

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Rick Hotton

Rick Hotton

June 11th 2022

Tallaght Leisure Centre, Furtunestown Way, Dublin 24

10am to 12pm, 12.30pm to 2pm

Adults €35, Children (under 16) €25


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. As well as karate, Rick is a long-time student of Matsugi Saotome, who is considered to be one of the best Aikido masters in the world today. He is also a professional cartoonist and his stripe, Holy Mole, is syndicated throughout North America.
Rick now travels the world giving seminars of his unique brand of karate through his charismatic and affable teaching style.

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


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Guy Brodeur 7th Dan

HDKI Ireland host an Open Seminar with Guy Brodeur

Saturday March 26th 2022

1pm to 4pm

Clondalkin Leisure Centre, Dublin 22

Training Fee: Adults €30, children (under 16) €20

Guy Brodeur 7th Dan will be teaching with us on Saturday 26th of March in the Clondalkin Leisure Centre from 1pm to 4pm.  1pm to 2.30pm exclusively for High Grades (or the super keen).

This Seminar is open to all regardless of association.

A professional instructor, based in Quebec, Canada, Guy Sensei began training in 1979, gaining shodan in 1985. Representing Canada both for the SKIF and the All-Styles team, he gained many gold medals in his long competitive career. In 1998 he met Steve Ubl Sensei, a moment that changed his karate journey. Since then, he has spent his time building his organization (Shotokan Canada), training regularly with Steve Sensei, developing his own karate and teaching internationally. He is now the Technical Director of HDKI Canada.  This will be the third time Guy Sensei has taught in Ireland, combining a solid biomechanical understanding of technique with a practical application of karate.

You can reserve a place here and pay or not. If you pay here please remember to bring your STRIPE receipt as proof of payment.

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HDKI International Cup and Seminar

Barcelona 2022

September 16 – 18 2022

Holmes Place, Carrer de Sardenya, 549, 553, 08024 Barcelona

Seminars with Rick Jackson 8th Dan, Guy Brodeur 7th Dan and Scott Langley 7th Dan

Friday 16th September – Welcome, Registration and Training 7pm – 9pm

Saturday 17th September – Training 10am – 12pm, 1pm – 3pm, Dan Grading and Referee Course/exam 3pm – 5pm

Sunday 18th September – HDKI International Championship – 9am to finish.

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Gorgeous and amazing Park Guel in Barcelona.
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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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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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