In 2023 our dojo celebrates its 25th year of teaching the Bujinkan Dojo martial arts continuously in Dublin City.
Since 1998, we've helped people learn a fascinating and adaptable martial art with a unique ability to encourage physical and mental flexibility.
But what exactly is it that we teach? We call it kobudo, which means old martial ways but it's sometimes also called Budo Taijutsu, Ninpo, Jujutsu, Taijutsu etc.
It's a mix of several Japanese schools of martial arts that teach unarmed combat along with the use of weapons from Japanese history, philosophy and strategy.
The schools we study include Gyokko Ryu, Koto Ryu, Togakure Ryu, Kukishinden Ryu, Takagi Yoshin Ryu, Shinden Fudo Ryu, Gikan Ryu, Kumogakure Ryu and Gyokushin Ryu.
The dojo was founded in Trinity College, Dublin in 1998, by the current head teacher Alex Meehan. A journalist by profession, Alex started training in 1989 with Shihan Steve Byrne and was awarded a full teaching license in Tokyo in 2000 by Hatsumi Sensei. In 2017 he received the Dai Shihan certification directly from Hatsumi Sensei.