At the Bujinkan Namiryu Dojo in Harold's Cross, Dublin, we teach classical, old style Japanese martial arts, sometimes known as kobudo.
Specifically, the focus of our school is the transmission of the martial arts taught by the Bujinkan Dojo in Japan. This includes the study of nine feudal-era samurai ryuha such as Togakure Ryu, Takagi Yoshin Ryu, Kukishin Ryu, Gyokko Ryu, Koto Ryu and more. The formal name of this art is Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, but it is sometimes referred to as Ninpo Taijutsu or just ninjutsu, in reference to the ninja-related aspects of some of the ryuha.
Our dojo was founded in Trinity College Dublin in 1998, before changing its name to the Bujinkan Namiryu Dojo in 2011. The main teacher is Alex Meehan, a licensed instructor of the Bujinkan Dojo.
A journalist and author by profession, Alex started training under Shihan Steve Byrne in 1989 in Dublin and was awarded a full teaching license in Tokyo in 2000 by Hatsumi Masaaki, grandmaster of the Bujinkan Dojo. Further ranks and titles followed until he was awarded the title of Dai Shihan in 2017.
Alex is assisted by the senior students at the Harold's Cross Dojo - Tom Clements, Alex Martinez, Stiofan Conlon, Richard Weld-Moore, Paul McNamara, Paul Morrin and others, all of whom hold instructor ranks in their own rights.