Kyudokan Kerry Karate Club was created in May 2017 by Marc Dourieu. Marc initially trained in Shotokan karate and obtained his shodan in 2012 in that style. In 2014, Marc spent a year in the south of France where he started following Shorin-ryu classes with Denis Agussol Sensei and attended a seminar with Sensei Rault. Upon his return to Ireland, Marc continued training in Shotokan and Shorin-ryu on his own.
In 2016, Marc Travelled to Okinawa with Sensei Rault and got the opportunity to train in the main Kyudokan Dojo with Minoru Higa Sensei for two weeks. This was an intense and memorable experience that confirmed his decision to follow the teaching of Sensei Rault and the Kyudokan. Upon returning to Ireland Marc focussed his training exclusively on Kyudokan Shorin-ryu style and attended a few seminars in Perpignan with Kyudokan France.
In 2017, with the support of Sensei Rault, he set up a small Kyudokan group in Killorglin, Co. Kerry. This was made up of some of the Shotokan members or other people with previous karate training.
Since then, Kyudokan Kerry has slowly grown in Killorglin and is attended by a mixture of adults and children and trains twice a week in Killorglin Sports Complex, Langford Street, Killorglin, Co. Kerry. Many of the students have been with the club for a number of years.
In June 2019, Sensei Rault directed his first ever seminar in Ireland.
During 2020, and the Covid pandemic, the club kept training online and when allowed outdoors around Cromane. Once allowed to resume indoor training, the club returned to Killorglin Sports Complex where it has been training since every Tuesday and Friday evening.
In November 2022, Kyudokan Kerry started a class in Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry. Classes initially took place in Foilmore Community Centre and eventually moved to Asana Language School in Cahersiveen.
Classes in Cahersiveen see between 6 and 8 people train once a week every Wednesday.