Our Instructors


Brendan Perry

Sensei Brendan Perry is chief instructor at Kaizen Dojo.  A 7th dan Black Belt with over 43 years practicing karate and 26 years teaching karate, he was named Chief Instructor of WSKF Ireland in 2000.
Brendan has competed & achieved great success, at the highest level on the National & International competition circuit.
In 2010 The World Shotokan Federation chose Brendan Perry to become a member of Shihankai - the Technical Committee of WSKF.  This prestigious appointment is held by just 10 members worldwide.

Brendan’s Qualifications:
  1. 7th Dan WSKF
  2. Instructor A licence WSKF
  3. Referee A licence WSKF.
  4. Grading A licence WSKF (up to 4th dan)
  5. Physiology & Anatomy Diploma ITEC.
  6. FETAC level 5 first Aid
  7. Coach Level 2 Irish Sports Council
  8. Garda Vetting certificate (ONAKAI).
Brendan’s Achievements:
  1. WSKF World & European Champion (kumite)
  2. 2 WSKF World Silver Medals (kumite)
  3. 3 WSKF World Bronze Medals (kumite)
  4. 1 WSKF World Bronze Medal ( kata )
  5. 1 WSKF World Cup Silver medal ( Kumite )
  6. 1 World Cup Silver Medal ( kata )
  7. 2 WSKF European Medals ( Kumite )
  8. 1 WSKF European Silver Medal ( kata )
  9. 1 EAKF European Bronze Medal ( Kumite )
  10. 1 Kobe Osaka World Open Bronze Medal ( Kumite )


Nicole Perry

Nicole started karate when she was 7 years old. She recieved her shodan black belt when she was 13 years old. At 14 she was selected to represent ireland at the European Junior and cadet championships in Baku Azerbaijan where she was ranked 7th place. She has since competed in 3 more Junior and cadet Europeans and 1 junior world championships where she placed 11th , aswel as 1 senior European championships and 2 senior world championships. She has numerous national titles and was awarded the fighting spirit award in 2016. 

John Hannaway

After starting at the age of five, John has over twenty-three years Shotokan karate experience. He has progressed to 4th dan Black Belt and was one of the youngest ever 1st dan Black Belts in WSKF Ireland. John has represented Ireland competitively for over fifteen years and won multiple international medals and over fifty national titles in both kata and kumite across different organisations. 


Rodolfo Luis Rodriguez Blanco

5 X Pan American champion

2 X South American champion

Ibero American Champion

3rd place cadet WKF World Champion

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Keri Gaffney

With over 17 years experience in teaching movement, Keri has developed a passion for anatomy and body biomechanics.  Her experiences have taught her that the key to mental and physical fitness is through a strong and supple core, optimal postural alignment and healthy breathing techniques. Out of all of her training, the power of Pilates, Somatics, Feldenkrais and Yoga has impressed her the most and delivers the greatest holistic benefits.

Her classes pay particular attention to details, using simple cueing & instruction, while giving options of personal modifications to suit everyone’s needs. Keri’s passion for biomechanics and anatomy makes her class a true journey of body awareness.

As well as running The Pilates Room (www.pilatesroom.ie) based in the Southside of Dublin, Keri has worked in a physiotherapy clinic alongside clients with spinal and disc related issues, osteoporosis, arthritis, as well as assisting clients through pre- and post-natal exercise.  



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