"True Karate-do is this: that in daily life,
one's mind and body be trained and developed
in a spirit of humility; and that in critical times,
one be devoted utterly to the cause of justice"

- Master Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan karate

Seamus O’Dowd is the Chief Instructor at Shin-Do-Kan. He has been studying karate since 1985, and has been teaching karate since 1989 after he became a black belt.  Seamus is ranked 6th Dan with SKIF, having obtained this grade in Japan in 2015. Seamus has also studied Tai-Chi and Bo-Jutsu extensively for over 20 years, and is ranked as a senior international instructor and examiner for both of these arts.

Competing in tournaments, Seamus held many titles at local and national level in Ireland, and was National Champion from 1997 to 2002, when he retired undefeated. He also competed internationally, taking part in 2 World Championships (reaching the quarter-final in one, and the semi-final in the other) and 2 European Championships (winning a silver medal in one), as well as other international events. In 2002 he was invited to compete in the All-Japan Championships, which very few foreigners get invited to, and he reached the finals there also.

Seamus now teaches internationally, primarily Bo-Jutsu and Tai-Chi, on behalf of SKIF. He has also written many articles and conducted interviews which have been published in international martial arts magazines, and published an autobiography entitled “A Karate Story – Thirty Years in the Making” in 2016.

In 2009, Seamus co-produced a DVD to teach Bo Jutsu alongside Kanazawa Sensei, the World Chief Instructor of SKIF. He also has produced a DVD on Tai-Chi.


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