This Sporting Life Ep 20 – Kenpo

This Sporting Life

This Sporting Life: The Story of Minority Sport in North Dublin

This Sporting Life is an upbeat and lively series of short documentaries which capture the excitement and dedication of minority sports people and encourages others to join in. Each programme serves as an introduction to a different minority sport practiced in Northside Dublin.

20. Kenpo

Traditional Kenpo Darndale was founded in 2003 by 3 senior black belts Brian Bollard, John Doyle and Natalie Mooney. Since then they’ve had many achievements including trophies at national and international level in both Kata (forms) and Kumite (combat).

We went along to the club and met instructor John Doyle who told us how and why he got involved in kenpo and the benefits of the study of martial arts. We also talked to some of the clubs students including Sean Buckley and Mark O’Toole who told us about the self-confidence, integrity and respect that kenpo instils and the special competitive spirit the Darndale club.

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This series is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision scheme.