Karate & Kobudo Association
Established in Ballinaoe, Co. Galway, Ireland in 1976

Our dojo promote: Authentic Japanese-Okinawan Karate, Kobudo &
Sport/Tournament Karate

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IKKI Win at the Ballinasloe People Awards November 2017
IKKI ballinasloe people awards

Sports and Recreation Team Award won by the IKKI at the Ballinasloe People of the Year awards. This category recognised specific sports teams who have excelled in their chosen sport and represented their town with distinction. Sports and Recreation is important in creating a healthier lifestyle for the whole community. There were 10 teams in this category.
The IKKI submitted their team, made up of all the head instructors in the clubs. The emphasis was on the impact karate has had on commnuities over the past 40 years, the contribution karate has made to peoples lives in our communities, the friendships that have been made on a global basis and of course our substantial achievements over the years.
Present on the night, L->R: Martin Ryan, John Dolphin, Marie Dolphin, Tony Dolphin, Leo Mulvany, Claire Harte & Olivia Blake (IKKI awards proposer). Click here for Team Submission Document.

Itosu-Kai Ireland Compete at the World Junior Karate Championships

IKKI at Jnr Worlds

 IKKI members  who competed for Karate Ireland at the 2017 Junior World Championships in Tenerife with Marie Dolphin National Coach. Results: Sarah O'Quigley out in the second round to England, Eimear Porter out in the second round to Venezuela, Shane O'Quigley out in the second round to Dominican republic & Kian Porter out in the first round to Slovakia. Some very good performances by these young athletes hoping to build on their experience at the biggest competition in the world.

L->R: Marie Dolphin, Eimear Porter, Sarah O'Quigley, Shane O'Quigley & Kian Porter.


Compete in the Irish International Open

IKKI Irish Open

Itosu-Kai Karatedo Ireland competed in the Irish International Open which took place at the newly built National Indoor Arena, Blanchardstown, Dublin, Ireland. It was a fantastic occasion with over 600 entries from 13 countries. Attending the Irish Open, L->R: John Dolphin (IKKI asst. kata coach), Evan Donelan, Shane Kilkenny, Pamela Nee, Eimear Porter, Sarah O’Quigley, Kian Porter, Shane O’Quigley, Una Flynn, David Feury & Marie Dolphin (IKKI Kata Coach). Kneeling: Niall Costello, Danny Coen & Tommy Nee. Insert, Cerys Porter. Sitting: April Curran, Darragh Blake, Shane Hyland & Joshua Judge. Insert, Leo Mulvany, IKKI Chief Instructor (Referee on the day).
Congratulations to all competitors for wonderful performances and to the coaches for their hard work ahead of events and continued success.
Medal winners: Eimear Porter - Gold: Kata. Pamela Nee - Silver: Kata.
Sarah O’Quigley, April Curran, Evan Donelan, Shane O’Quigley, Shane Kilkenny & Kian Porter: Bronze in kata:


IKKI Compete in the IKIF 2017 International Karate Championships, Shanghai, China

Team Ireland with Soke Sadaaki Sakagami, President of Itosu-Ryu Karatedo International Federation (IKIF)

IKKI in IKIF world championships China

IKKI Competed in the 2017 Itosu-Kai Karatedo International Federation (IKIF) karate championships in Shanghai, China. Kata took place on the 18/8/2017 and Kumite on the 19/8/2017. IKKI team Ireland led by team manager Leo Mulvany (IKKI Chief Instructor) and kata coaches Marie Dolphin, John Dolphin and kumite coach, Shane Dolphin, had outstanding success with 20 competitors taking 20 medals in all, 4 gold, 9 silver and 7 bronze making this the most successful IKIF international for Ballinasloe based Itosu-Kai Karatedo Ireland. IKKI have competed in 5 IKIF internationals to date: Tokyo in 2002, Los Angeles in 2005, Kuala Lumpur in 2009, Osaka in 2013, Shanghai in 2017 and forthcoming 2021 IKIF international will be in Denmark.

Standing L->R: Niall Costello, Laura Nee, Eimear Porter, Pamela Nee, Shane Dolphin, David Feury, Una Flynn, Karen Dolphin, Jean Kennedy, Tommy Nee. Sitting: Tony Dolphin, Leo Mulvany, Marie Dolphin & John Dolphin. Kneeling: Niamh Costello, Laura Costello, Philip Costello & Sean Armstrong Foley. (missing from photo but in top photo, Jade Goldbey & Leon Hiddleston).

Results: Laura Costello - bronze/kumite, Eimear Porter - gold kata/silver kumite, Jade Goldbey - bronze kata, Una Flynn - bronze kumite, David Feury - silver team kumite, Karen Dolphin - bronze kata, Shane Dolphin - silver kumite/silver team kumite/bronze kata, Pamela Nee - gold kata/silver kumite, Laura Nee - bronze kata, Marie Dolphin - gold kata/silver kumite, John Dolphin - silver team kumite/bronze kumite, Tony Dolphin - silver team kumite, Leo Mulvany - gold kumite/silver team kumite.

Congratulations to all competitors, coaches in Shanghai and at home, IKKI dojo instructors, parents and family for thier continued support and success.



Japan Karatedo Itosu-kai (JKI)
Itosu-ryu Karatedo International Federation (IKIF) - founding member
Official National Amateur Karate Association of Ireland (ONAKAI)
IKKI is in membership of ONAKAI which in turn is a member of the
European and World Karate Federations (EKF & WKF)

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