© 2017 by Galway Kenpo Karate Schools

James successfully testing for his 5th Degree Black Belt in October 2018

Benefits of Martial Arts

Kenpo provides a total body workout, increasing flexibility, overall strength and fitness as well as learning vital self defence skills. It's also a great way for kids to learn the principles of discipline, respect and confidence. Most importantly, Kenpo is enjoyable, and above all any activity that you commit your time to should be fun at it's core.


American Kenpo & The benefits of Martial Arts Training

"I come to you with only Karate, empty hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles or my honour; Should it be a matter of life and death, right or wrong; Then here are my weapons, Karate, my empty hands" - By Grand Master Ed Parker

American Kenpo was founded by Grand Master Ed Parker. Based upon the need for martial arts to match modern methods of fighting, he devised a the American Kenpo system, blending the concepts of traditional martial arts with the practical needs of the modern day. 

Class Instruction & Timetable

Classes are instructed by Mr James Dillon 5th Degree Black Belt.

Mr Dillon began his Martial Arts Journey in 1980 studying the Japanese style of Shito Ryu where he graded and competed. Following on from that, he took up Mu Gen Do - a Kickboxing style where he also competed at various Kickboxing Tournaments. Mr Dillon has a 1st dan Black Belt in Sport Karate with the WKO. Presently Mr Dillon holds a 5th degree Black Belt in American Kenpo under Master Ed Downey 9th degree Black Belt.

Assistant Instructors :

Dermot Moore, 3rd Deg Brown Belt

Niall O'Hare, 3rd Deg Brown Belt

Galway Kenpo Karate is affiliated with the European Kenpo Karate Association and members of the Irish Martial Arts Commission. We have been teaching Kenpo Karate classes since 1999.

Galway Kenpo Class Timetable 2019

Classes are run in Portumna every Tuesday and in Ballinasloe every Wednesday, teaching the following programs : 

5-8 yrs : Tiger Program

9-12 yrs : Dragon Program

13-16 yrs : Cadet Program

Adults : Full EKKA Program

@Town Hall

Classes on Tuesdays

Kids (ages 5+) 6:30-7:30pm

Teenagers 7:30-8:30pm

Adults 8:30-9:45pm

@GAA Clubhouse

Classes on Fridays

Kids (ages 5+) 6-7pm

Teenagers & Adults 7-8:15pm


Contact Us

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Galway Kenpo Karate Schools

Tel: 085 8359463


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