Inclusive Karate

Inclusive Karate is catering for people with Physical Disabilities / Learning Disabilities / Complex Needs / etc or for people who may not fit into a mainstream Karate class for what ever reason. Inclusive Karate strives to give the same opportunities to people with Disabilities / Complex Needs / etc as our Mainstream Karateka.

Train in a safe environment. Compete at local level, national level and International level. Take part in Gradings.

Going forward Inclusive Karate will be introduced into our coaching structure. We plan to secure grant aid funding to role out sustainable Inclusive Karate programmes in our clubs and communitiess around the country.

Karate Ireland O.N.A.K.A.I. Policy for Inclusion

Charter Certificate

Policy for Attendance at National Inclusive Squad

Brian Carroll - Karate Ireland's National Inclusion and Disability Officer

I was first exposed to Karate in the late seventies when I took Kenpo classes with Ambrose Maloney and his whole family. A local Shotokan Club opened around the corner from me in the early eighties called OLV and the Instructor was such a nice man Richie Murray (Geno). I trained there for a few years and then moved to St Saviors Karate Club in Dorset St. Tommy McGrane, Paul Hickey and Bill Creasey were my Instructors in Saviours but my main influence and mentor at that time was Joe Sweetman.

I first started Inclusive Karate in 2009 for a HSE group and that progressed to quite a few HSE groups on a weekly basis. Through a Dublin City Council programme I meet a lady called Anne Caulfield, founder of the Ripples Group, and she asked me would I be interested in running Karate programmes for Ripples.

I now have 6 classes per week for Ripples and it has proved to be a very successful programme. Ripples Karate caters for children and teenagers with Dyspraxia, Aspergers, Autism and other similar conditions. I also run Inclusive Karate for Dublin City Council, St Michaels House, Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Ireland, Meath Sports Ability and Prosper Fingal to name but a few.

In the summer of 2016 I took up the position of National Inclusion and Disability Officer for Karate Ireland.

I have my own full time Dojo along with my partner Julie, Karate Ash in Ashbourne, Co.Meath.

If you have any questions or require and information contact Brian at 085 1399170 or email

Keith Nulty, 22

I have been practicing Karate for about eleven years now, for my younger brother, sister and myself joining Larkhill Karate Club was a way of making friends outside of school and being active while having fun. Little did I know how far it would take me.
I have Cerebral Palsy, Asthma and Epilepsy. Practicing Karate has made a huge difference to my flexibility, balance, gait, fitness and lots more. It has given me experiences that a person with a disability may not otherwise have.

It has opened up career choices too, I won a sports scholarship to IT Tralee where I hope to learn how to become a coach for Adapted physical activity (APA). I became the World inclusive Kumite Champion in 2016. I try not to let my disability hold me back.

Eoghan Caulfield, 12

I am part of Ripples Karate. I started karate 4 and a half years ago, with Brian Carroll. I had tried karate before but not like this. I didn't feel like myself there. It was great to be with children who were like me and a Sensei who could understand that everyone learns in different ways. Since then, I have graded to brown belt, I have represented Ireland in Belgium at the I-Karate World Championships in April 2016 and I have entered many competitions. The last one was in Cork on February 5th where for the first time there was an Inclusion Section in the competition.

I am very proud to have won my section. I not only now do the Ripples Karate sessions, thanks to all Brian's help and encouragement, I also do 2 mainstream sessions in Karate Ash with Brian. This has built my confidence up greatly. I love karate and it has become a very important part of my life. I look forward to representing Ireland in other competitions in the future.

Aisling O'Reilly

Aisling joined Ripples Karate for children and teens with Autism in 2013. With high functioning autism, Aisling struggles with social interaction and has many sensory problems like sounds and visuals.

Ripples Karate has helped Aisling to interact with other people, make friends and become part of a team. Karate has helped reduce challenging behaviour and enhance her health, building confidence and quality of life. (John O'Reilly - Aisling's father).