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Kyu Rank testing for 9th kyu and above.

April 11, 2008


Saturday, April 12th at 1.30pm – Rex’s class is on before this – hint hint.


Saturday, May 10th at 1.30pm


New beginner’s course enrolling May 1st

April 2, 2008

Just a quick announcement to let people know that we will be enrolling new students at the Rathmines Dojo on Thursday, May 1st, for another 8 week beginner’s course.

If you’d like to find out more about what that entails, visit this page.

– Alex Meehan


April 2008 training schedule

March 31, 2008

April 2008 training schedule

Week one
Wed 2nd – 7pm to 8.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (SD)
Thurs 3rd – 7.30pm to 9.15pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Sat 5th – 11am to 12.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (RD)

Week two
Mon 7th – 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Wed 9th – 7pm to 8.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (SD)
Thurs 10th – 7.30pm to 9.15pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Sat 12th – 11am to 12.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (RD)
Sat 12th – 1.30pm Rank testing for Kyu grades

Week three
Mon 14th – 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Wed 16th – 7pm to 8.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (SD)
Thurs 17th – 7.30pm to 9.15pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Sat 19th – 11am to 12.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (RD)

Week four
Mon 21st – 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Wed 23rd – 7pm to 8.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (SD)
Thurs 24th – 7.30pm to 9.15pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Sat 26th – 11am to 12.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (RD)

Week five
Mon 28th – 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Wed 30th – 7pm to 8.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (SD)

(AM – Alex Meehan, SD – Shane Duggan, RD – Rex Dunlop)

Of particular note this month:

1 – Two new classes
April will see the formal start of two new classes at the dojo – designed specifically for new and intermediate students and taught by Shane Duggan (4th dan shidoshi-ho) and Rex Dunlop (4th dan shidoshi-ho). As the dojo continues to grow in size, these classes are designed to make sure students of all grades and abilities get instruction specifically tailored to their needs.

2 – Kyu grade testing
Testing for kyu ranks will take place at 1.30pm on Saturday April 12th. Please let me know in advance if you’d like to be considered for testing for your next rank.

General notes


It’s possible to pay for each class individually, but if fees are paid for the month in advance on the first training session of the month, each class costs significantly less. It is not obligatory to attend any particular number of classes per month, but training at least twice a week is recommended for optimum progress. Reduced fees are also payable for people in full time education or out of work.

Open mat training
Open mat training is not a class, but rather an opportunity for members of the Dōjō to get time to practice what they feel they need to work on. There is no teacher at these sessions, but senior grades will be on hand to supervise. Sessions are announced in the main classes during the week and on the discussion board. Note: Open mat training is open to all students of the Bujinkan Meehan Dōjō, but only to students of other Dōjōs of 3rd Kyu brown belt and above.

Monthly workshops
A workshop is usually held once a month to allow time to explore a particular topic in depth.

Other classes
Occasionally, weekly classes are offered in particular aspects of Budo Taijutsu – these are announced in class. There are also occasionally classes in Japanese language and culture, first aid, meditiation and more.

– Alex Meehan

New classes starting this week . . .

March 25, 2008

Just a reminder to let eveyone know again that there will be two new classes starting at the Rathmines Dojo this week.

Tonight, Wednesday March 26th from 7pm to 8.30/9pm with Shane Duggan


Next Week . . .

Saturday, April 5th,  from 11am to 12.30/1pm with Rex Dunlop

These classes are open to all existing members of the dojo and will be geared towards beginner’s and kyu grade students, although people of all rank are obviously welcome to attend.

Good luck to the guys with their new classes!


Class tonight cancelled

March 19, 2008

Please note that there will be no training tonight (Wednesday March 19th) at the Rathmines Dojo. Shane Duggan was to start his class this evening, but he’s temporarily off sick, so this will probably start next week instead. Get well soon Shane!

– Alex Meehan


Happy St Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2008

Hi all,

Just a quick note to say Happy St Patrick’s Day to all our friends in Dublin and around the world.

Also, please note that there is no training tonight or next Monday due to bank holidays – instead, training will take place tomorrow. Check out the schedule for more information.

– Alex Meehan


Event: Bujinkan Kenjutsu Seminar

March 10, 2008
Bujinkan Kenjutsu Seminar
Dublin, Saturday April 19th, 2008


On Saturday, April 19th 2008, there will be a seminar focusing on Japanese swordsmanship as taught within the Bujinkan Dojo, led by Alex Meehan, Alan Butler and Glen McNevin. The day’s training will be split into three parts:

  • Introduction This will look at how Japanese swords were constructed in different historical periods and why, as well as handling and ettiquette.
  • Kihon – proper grip, proper ergonomic cutting from kamae – in other words the how and why of very basic sword use. We will also show some drills to help people practice by themselves afterwards.
  • Kata – This will looking at a selection of sword techniques from Bujinkan Kenjutsu, taken from Kukishin Ryu, Togakure Ryu and if there is time some of the muto dori and daisho sabaki of Gyokko Ryu and Takagi Yoshin Ryu.
  • Tameshigiri – There will be a chance to cut prepared makiwara.

People attending this course will get a chance to examine and handle antique nihonto as well as modern replica swords, and through doing so will increase their understanding of how and why swords were made they were.

In addition, at the end of training there will be a limited chance to cut prepared tatami omote, but this will only be open to those people who have shown through the course of the day that they can do so safely in a manner that’s not dangerous to them or the people around them. An extra charge will apply to those who wish to cut makiwara.

Date: Saturday April 19th

Time: 11am to 6pm, with 1 hr for lunch

Cost: €40 for the day’s training, with an additional charge of €6 or €15 per single roll makiwara cut. Please note we are importing authentic tatami omote (not beach mats!) for use as cutting targets, at a cost of €6 each. If you help prepare these, you get them at cost price. If you don’t and you want to cut, you’ll have to pay the higher fee to reflect the work that goes into making a target – they have to be prepared, rolled, tied, soaked and drained.

NB: There will be a session after training at my dojo on Thursday April 17th to prepare the targets – those who help out with the preperation will get a substantial discount on the cost of targets on the day of the seminar.

EDIT: I got an e-mail from one of the newer members of the dojo asking if this seminar was just for senior people, so I’ll say the same thing here as I did to that person in my reply. This seminar is open to any bujinkan member and in fact, the whole point is to start at the beginning and look at the basics of swordsmanship, so it’s ideal for people starting out.

Regarding what you should bring . . . well, here’s a list.

  1. A bokken (wooden training sword) of katana length. (If you don’t have one, you can borrow one from the dojo if you ask and return it in good condition.)

That’s all you really need. On the other hand, if you have loads of gear and want to know what to bring, the following list of stuff will all be used so if you have it, bring it along. It’s not actually required though, so don’t go spending a fortune unless you want to.

  1. Daisho bokken – long and shirt wooden training swords.
  2. Fukoro shinai – padded leather training swords will do just as well. Bring both long and short if you have them.
  3. A blunt training mogito, or metal blade. Anything with a scabbard as long as it’s not sharp.
  4. A kaku obi (wide belt used for sword)
  5. Hakama

If you have a live sword, leave it at home. There will be a live blade made available for people to cut with – so don’t bring your own.