Sensei Tom Kehoe studied with Professor Suzuki in London in the mid 1960’s before returning to his native Ireland and setting up a series of Wado-Ryu karate clubs in Dublin, Waterford and Carlow. Sensei Kehoe started the Carlow Karate Club in 1973. Early members of the club were Sensei Jimmy Byrne, Sensei Brian Whelan, Sensei Patsy Whelan, Sensei Ger Shaw, Ger Farrell, Jimmy Moore, Deirdre Murphy and Maureen (Bolger) Seitz.
Sensei Patsy Whelan was asked to take over the running of the Carlow Karate Club in 1988 when Sensei Kehoe emmigrated from Ireland, a role which Sensei Patsy has honourably discharged with great success. Under his guidance and leadership the club has developped and grown to its present stage. Club members have won many titles up to, and including, world championship level. The club is continually growing with membership numbers increasing year on year . This is due to both the leadership of Sensei Patsy Whelan and to the club committee who work behind the scenes. Without this combination the club would not exist.