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.
At the Bujinkan Namiryu Dojo in Harold's Cross, we pride ourselves on our attention to detail, our focus on the kihon waza (basics) as a route to higher skill and in our ability to create a relaxed and enjoyable training environment in which any dedicated person can grow and thrive.
The dojo was founded as the Bujinkan Meehan Dojo in Trinity College Dublin in 1998, changing its name to Bujinkan Namiryu Dojo in 2011. It is currently located in Harold’s Cross, Dublin.
The teacher is Alex Meehan, a licensed shidoshi, or instructor of the Bujinkan Dojo. A journalist and author by profession, Alex started training in Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu in 1989 and was awarded a teaching license in 2000 by Hatsumi Masaaki, Soke of the Bujinkan Dojo, the rank of Judan Kugyo in Tokyo in 2009, the title Yushu Shihan in 2015 and Dai Shihan in 2017. He is also the recipient of various honours from the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo, or headquarters, including the Golden Dragon award and the Bufu Ikkan Shingitai Ichi Sho certificate.
Dojo members visit Japan two to three times each year to study with Hatsumi Masaaki Soke and his senior shihan teachers in Tokyo.