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Carroll Dojo




CLASSES – From €10 : Young Adults (18-23yrs) From €5

Kilcock/Coole National School

Our Main Dojo is located in the Gym/Hall attached to Coole National School, Kilcock, Co. Kildare

Classes in Kilcock are each Thursday 19:45 – 21:00



Carroll Dojo opened its latest dojo in the Castleknock/Dublin 15 area in Summer 2023.

We are located in HUB 15 attached to the Castleknock Community Centre, Laurel Lodge Road, Dublin 15  (Eircode:  D15 T3PN)


Classes commence with a comprehensive warm-up, which, over time enhances your fitness and agility. Strength is not a prime requirement, so this is an ideal form of self-defence for both men and women.

Tuition includes punching, kicking, throws, grappling, an introduction to traditional weapons such as katana, hanbo and bo, together with defensive techniques against knives and batons.


The club programme also includes social activities as well as external weekends seminars with grading.


With fitness, self defence and traditional ninjutsu modules, beginners will get to work on improving their fitness as well as learning self-defence, building confidence etc.








Dave Carroll first opened a Bujinkan Dojo in Dublin in the 1980’s. Over the years the dojo has been located in Stewart’s Pavilion, Palmerstown, Litton Lane, Aughrim Street and now at Kilcock, Co. Kildare. 

Dave is also a black-belt in Shotokan Karate and has represented Ireland on the International Circuit.

His student Rob McDonnell expanded the club to University College Dublin, launching UCD Ninjutsu in 2000. 

Over the past almost 40 years, hundreds of students have passed through the Carroll Dojo and are now spread worldwide in the USA, Canada, Australia, UK, Europe and Japan. 

Students of Carroll Dojo come from all professions from Military, Law Enforcement and Private Security to I.T. Gurus, Medical Research and Aero-Space Research. 

Classes at the Carroll Dojo specialise in the application of traditional budo to modern, ‘real-live’ scenarios.









Masaaki Hatsumi was born in 1931 and raised in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. His teacher, Toshitsugu Takamatsu, trained him and appointed him Sōke (head instructor) of nine martial schools.

34th Soke 戸隠流 Togakure Ryu
28th Soke 玉虎流 Gyokko Ryu
28th Soke 九鬼神伝流 Kuki Shinden Ryu
18th Soke 虎倒流 Koto Ryu
26th Soke 神伝不動流 Shinden Fudo Ryu
17th Soke 高木揚心流 Takagi Yoshin Ryu
15th Soke 義鑑流 Gikan Ryu
21st Soke 玉心流 Gyokushin Ryu
14th Soke 雲隠流 Kumogakure Ryu











– teaching budo taijutsu for over 40 years



Castleknock – Mondays

20:15 – 21:45

Kilcock – Thursdays :
19:45 – 21:00

Our socials