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.

Full Information pack www.hdki.org/barcelona-2022/

Gorgeous and amazing Park Guel in Barcelona.
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Simon Bligh and Ricardo Galina

HDKI Ireland present an Open Course

Simon Bligh 6th Dan and Ricardo Galina 6th Dan

assisted by Hombu Dojo Instructors

4th December 2021

Sports Hall, Wesley College, Ballinteer, Dublin 14

Cost of Training

Adults (16yrs and over):
HDKI Members €30 both sessions; Non HDKI €40 both sessions
HDKI Members €20 one session; Non HDKI €25 one session

Children (under 16 years):
HDKI Members €20 both sessions; Non HDKI €30 both sessions
HDKI Members €15 one session; Non HDKI €20 both sessions


Please pay on the door.

Training Times

1pm to 3pm (aimed at high grades)

3.15pm to 4.45pm

Simon Bligh 6th Dan

Simon Sensei has been training in Shotokan Karate since 1974, where he started in his hometown of Liverpool.  After relocating to London, he spent many years as a member of Enoeda Sensei`s famous Marshall St Dojo. In 1990-1991 he spent a year living and working in Japan and whilst there continued his training at the JKA Hombu Dojo in Tokyo.  In 2004 he joined the JKS and has been a big contributor to the success of JKS in England. He has a wealth of experience in Shotokan Karate and believes in "Karate for everyone, for all your life." He is now Technical Director of HDKI GB.

Ricardo Galina 6th Dan

Ricardo Sensei has been training for four decades, starting with his parents, who were also professional karate instructors. In 2001, he left his full-time dojo and moved to Japan, were he spent the next several years training on the instructors’ course and becoming a personal student of Keigo Abe Sensei. He is now Chief Instructor of JKSA Mexico and holds numerous world championship titles.

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

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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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Scott Langley and Christian Øygarden – September 11th 2021

HDKI Open Seminar - 11th September 2021

Wesley College Dublin - Ballinteer Road

In the sports hall in the Sports Centre

1pm to 2.30pm and 2.45pm to 4.15pm training (followed by club gradings from 4.30pm)


Adults: both sessions €35; one session €20

Children: both sessions €25; one session €15

All Welcome from any organisation.

No Spectators Permitted.  Training will be under Covid-19 guidelines.  Please bring your own hand sanitiser and use before (and after).  No access to changing facilities.  Please wear masks on arrival (park in the car park on the left before proceeding to the sports centre).

Christian Øygarden

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 7th Dan HDKI, 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.

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19th June 2021

Training with Paul Uren 6th Dan


Assisted by Hombu Dojo Instructors

Saturday 19th June 2021

Hombu Dojo

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.

Black Belt training 9.30am - 11am €15

Black and Brown belt training 11am - 12pm €10

Booking Essential.  Places Strictly Limited.



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