Established in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, Ireland in 1976
Our dojo promote: Authentic Japanese-Okinawan Karate, Kobudo &
From Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Thursday, 26th June, the IKKI Hombu had the pleasure of welcoming the Warrell family from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to Ireland and the IKKI Hombu. Left to right: Faye Mulvany, Evan Donelan, Mike Warrell, Suzanne Warrell, Leo Mulvany (Chief Instructor, IKKI), Jen Warrell, Evan Dowd, Martin Ryan & Nathan Donelan. Suzanne presented Leo with a beautifully hand crafted glass mosaic karate figure. The Warrell family, jet lagged, travelled from Dublin to Ballinasloe and back to Dublin the same night so they could practice with the Irish Association. There's dedication and then there's "dedication". Our thanks to the Warrell's for their company. (Thanks to Bill Warrell, photographer).
50th Anniversary of Itosu-Kai Canada
Staying with the "Canada" theme, Kei Tsumura, Shihan,
8th Dan Karate-do, Shihan, 7th Dan Kobu-do, Shihan celebrated his 50th Anniversary of Itosu-Kai Canada in 2013. Shihan has influenced thousands of people over the years, including all the club sensei's in Ireland from as far back as the late 70's, early 80's. It would be impossible to over state Shihan's influence on the Irish Association since it's beginning in 1976 and it continues to this day. The Irish Association stands and salutes you, Shihan, for all your mentoring, teaching and kindness you showed us over the years.
Click HERE for Shihan's 50th Anniversary anecdotes.
Shihan was also entered into The Canadian Black Belt Hall Of Fame in May, 2014.