The Hokubu Dojo (formerly Red Dragon) was formed in May 2001 to promote Shotokan Karate in Swords and the surrounding areas of North County Dublin, hence the name "Hokubu" which means "Northern area". Hokubu Dojo is a Non profit organisation.The club is based at a full time facility in Unit 8 Seatown Business Campus, Seatown Road, Swords.
We practice Authentic Traditional Japanese Karate as taught in Japan. We run classes to cater for all age groups,from beginners to advanced, junior to senior. The minimum age is 4 years and there is no maximum. People who train regularly at Karate develop improved motor skills, balance, self awareness, confidence, self defence and above all a great level of fitness.Karate training is widely known as the best form of all round fitness.We are a community based club and believe Karate is for everyone and not just for competition. We do have regular competition for those who are interested.
All Hokubu Dojo instructors are fully trained in the latest training methods, using correct bio-mechanical principles. All Hokubu Dojo students are members of the Japan Karate Shotorenmei, and all grades are registered in Japan. Black belts can qualify as registered instructors, referees and grading examiners.
Our Chief Instructor is Dermot O'Keeffe. Dermot Sensei is a 5th Dan Black-belt and has been training since 1979.In this time,he has competed & achieved great success,at the highest level on the National & International competition circuit.Dermot sensei travels regularly teaching and training with senior JKS Instructors,and annually to Japan, to train at the JKS Hombu dojo in Tokyo. Joining HokubuDojo, gives you the opportunity to train with one of Irelands best -most experienced and open minded instructors. Dermot Sensei in also JKS Ireland Squad Coach and Leinster Kata coach for ONAKAI.
Hokubu Dojo is affiliated to JKS (Japan Karate Shotorenmei), O.N.A.K.A.I. (Official National All-styles Karate Association of Ireland) and the European & World Karate Federations (EKF & WKF).