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Sensei Kevin Shortall 5th Dan JSKA

Chief Instructor

Chief Instructor for the club is Sensei Kevin Shortall. Sensei Shortall is the Japan Shotokan Karate Associations representative in Ireland. He has trained in traditional shotokan karate for almost 30 years and has had the opportunity to train with some of the best shotokan masters from Japan and the rest of the world. He continues to regularly invite top-level Sensei's to Ireland to teach both himself and his students. This includes Nagaki Sensei, Chief Instructor of the JSKA. Sensei is also proud to have hosted Abe Sensei, founder of the JSKA at his dojo in Kilkenny on a number of occassions.
Apart from being a senior grade in Karate, Sensei Shortall is also a qualified personal trainer and pilates instructor. He is also a qualified ‘Youth Fitness Trainer’.

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Sensei Stephen McLaughlin 4th Dan JSKA

Assistant Instructor/Senior Student

Sensei Stephen McLaughlin first started karate during the early 1980’s whilst in secondary school in Athlone. Sensei McLaughlin originally trained in the Shito Ryu Ituso Kai style of karate. After finishing secondary Sensei moved to the UK to go to university, and it was at this time he switched to Shotokan karate. During his long association with martial arts Sensei McLaughlin has also studied Sorinji Kempo, Aikido, and Katori Shinto Ryu and has enjoyed the way the different techniques and approaches of other martial arts have enhanced his own understanding of karate.

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Sensei Tom Walsh 2nd Dan JSKA

Assistant Instructor/Senior Student

Sensei Walsh was a founder member of UCD karate club in 1974. He trained initially with the KUGB/KUI. He has years of experience in traditional shotokan karate-do and has been a member of the Budo Martial Arts Centre since its inception.
Latterly for the past 25 years Sensei Walsh has trained with a number of western and Japanese sensei. He has also trained in Iaido and kyujutsu.

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Bernard Bracken 2nd Dan JSKA

Assistant Instructor/Senior Student

Sensei Bracken started karate back in 1994 and trained for a number of years in Wado Ryu Karate attaining the rank of 4th Kyu. Sensei Bracken resumed his karate training with the Budo Martial Arts Centre after settling in Kilkenny as he was particularly impressed with the traditional ethos of the club. He currently holds the rank of Nidan. Sensei Bracken is also a qualified fitness instructor.