About Us

Budo Martial Arts Centre Kilkenny

The Budo Martial Arts Centre teaches Shotokan Karate, Sports Chanbara and Self-defence. Membership has grown rapidly to now becoming one of the largest Traditional Karate Clubs in the area.

The club host regular courses and gradings in the Kilkenny area and hope to increase the number over the coming years. The club operates separate kids and adult classes plus also runs mixed sessions where both adults and kids can train together, ideal for families.

Sensei Kevin Shortall, 4th Dan Black Belt JSKA

Chief Instructor Budo Martial Arts Centre, Kilkenny

Abe Sensei with Sensei Kevin Shortall

Sensei Kevin Shortall’s first introduction to martial arts was at the age of ten when he joined a local Karate club during which time he went on to achieve his green belt. It was some time later when Sensei Shortall was introduced to the world of Shotokan Karate. He is currently 4th Dan, and Chief Instructor of the Budo Martial Arts Centre, Kilkenny.

The Budo Martial Arts Centre (Club) is directly affiliated to the Japan Shotokan Karate Association in Japan. In addition to the above, Sensei holds qualifications as an examiner, judge and referee for the JSKA and is a qualified Fitness Trainer & First-Aider.

The Club  has also done its bit for charity, raising much needed funds for two great causes, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin and People in Need. The club operates out the Watershed Sports Complex, a state-of-the-art sporting venue located in Kilkenny City. The training venue has fantastic facilities such as quality training floor areas, centrally heated/aired sports halls, shower/toilet facilities, changing rooms, lounge areas and free parking. The club is not a head office for a national group.

Apart from Karate, the club has a very active social side with both adults and kids looked after. Families are also encouraged to come and train with us.

If you wish to enquire about coming a member please call 086 3668669.