THE HISTORY OF CARLOW KARATE CLUB

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.


CARLOW KARATE CLUB COMMITTEE

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Patsy Whelan

Chairperson

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Sheila Heffernan

Secretary

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Peggy Furey

Treasurer

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Marie Murphy

Assistant Treasurer

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Sue Whelan

Public Relations Officer

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Rick Whelan

Child Protection Officer

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Margit Lonergan

Child Protection Officer

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Andrea Whelan

Child Protection Officer

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Gordon McKevitt

Child Protection Officer

Dojo Rules

  • No shoes in the Dojo
  • Always bow on entering and leaving the Dojo
  • Instructors must be called Sensei at all times
  • No smoking, eating or chewing gum in the Dojo
  • No students may take part in any form of drug taking on pain of expulsion
  • One must show respect to both Senseis and students
  • No jewellery to be worn in the Dojo
  • All fingernails and toenails are to be kept short and clean
  • No bad language to be used in class
  • No valuables are to be brought to the Dojo
  • Students must always wear clean uniform
  • A student must inform their Sensei if they are to be absent for more than two weeks
  • A student must always train as hard as possible