Many thanks for organising the Ninja Camp, it was great fun and Dara loved it.  All the instructors did a fantastic job.  Thanks very much for today, it was a great way to end the holidays and probably the highlight!

All the best, Ronan Swan.









Hi Gerard and all there,

Just to let you know Oisin is now finished with you due to the fact that we have moved house back to Kildare.  We hope to continue classes down here.

Thank you all so, so much for all you have done with Oisin.  He had a great time and you are all great.

Thanks, Margaret and Ian Finlay.




Ninja Camp
The camp was brilliant for lots of reasons - I personally got great enjoyment from the reactions to Sensei Thomas' campfire cookery lesson. 
One young lad - not one of mine, I hasten to add, went from loudly saying 'eeewww!' to quietly saying 'can I have a taste?' in about two minutes. 

I mean, come on - take a bus load of kids on what amounts to a mystery tour to meet another bus load of kids, supervise them running around a forest, show them genuine Ninja skills (instead of the horsefeathers they get from the telly), outdoor survival techniques, swords, and give them a big barbecue feed just when they need it most, lead them in a huge water-balloon fight, and THEN let them get soaking wet by walking in a stream with all their new friends? 
It's a guaranteed winner. 

And all the time, they're learning almost without realising it, gaining in physical and personal confidence, and getting loads of fresh air and exercise.
I know they're soaking this stuff up, too - my guys trip and fall as much as anyone else's kids - but they land a lot better. 
I've seen them turn potentially painful face-plants into graceful forward rolls, without thinking about it. 

Wish I could've learned this stuff when I was their age!

Brian Browne




I have two boys currently training with the Mullingar group.  When you're a parent, you want your kids to expand their horizons. So you sign them up for music lessons or drama classes or hurling, swimming - whatever. 
There's usually a familiar pattern - a few weeks (months if you're lucky) when they're in love with the new activity, it's the best ever, followed by a few more weeks of 'okay, better go along with this', followed by 'ah Dad, do we have to go?', and finally you give in and just stop going. 
Not with Ninpo. 

My older son has been going almost every week for nearly three years - he's almost grown into his training uniform, too :-) - and still looks forward to it. The younger guy - a notorious quitter - has been going since he was old enough, still loves it and takes great pride in the uniform. 
We even walked to training in the snow last winter!  The enjoyment comes from the atmosphere created by the training team - relaxed enough to be fun, strict enough to keep them on their toes, physical enough to challenge them without wearing them out (much). 

The only competition is with themselves - the hardest opponent of all - and not a mean spirit in site.

Brian Browne




Dara, our son has being doing Ninpo for the past three years (since he was six). 

While Ninpo gives him self assurance, focus and  keeps him fit it is above all fun and something he never wants to miss!

Ronan Swan



"The Ninja Camp was great.  My favourite part was looking at the swords. 

I also enjoyed walking in the river - it was fun.  I hope that I can go next year."

Ethan - Age 10




"As a parent it was great to see so many children enjoying the outdoors and learning so much at the same time.

We got to look on as a flood of information and demonstrations were performed in different locations of Billy Fox's Memorial Park, which I have to say is a beautiful park.

I think that the children felt that they were in the wilderness and learning vital skills for survival. 

The Sensei's were in charge at all times and displayed plenty of patience.

Ethan throughly enjoys Ninjutsu and the Ninja Camp was the icing on the cake for him."

Pauline (Mum of Ethan)




"My son Robert has the condition called Aspergers.  This is a form of Autism and with this particular condition, social and integration with his peers is very difficult, therefore confidence is low and understanding from his peers is harder.  That was the hard part, both my wife and myself tried to enroll him in football and other social clubs with no success.

When we enrolled him with his martial arts class we were apprehensive and didn't think he would like it. We couldn't have imagined how well he would enjoy and work with both his instructors and his fellow students. 

He now looks forward to every Wednesday with them and his instructors have worked with him very patiently and to his level and speed to help him achieve his potential as a young boy learning to mix and work with others especially his peers, this was a difficult step for any child with Aspergers, of which I might add has made him a little more confident and independent.

This class has been a godsend and I can remember how proud I was and a little upset (with happiness) to see him graduate up a class twice, and see his sense of achievement to get different coloured belts.

I cannot express in words how good these professionals are with all the children in this class (good discipline too for them) and I might add, we wish we could take them home sometimes just for that.

There is nothing but encouragement and praise for these young students and because of this, the type of collective, working together lessons being taught, it can only be very positive for the emotional development of any child.

They even had a great day out at the Ninja Camp, long nature walks, playing by the river (under constant supervision), they all had a great time and Robert spoke of it for days after.

We would strongly recommend any child from any background to attend this class/club.  It has been very positive for Robert and we cannot thank their instructors enough." - Jason and Janice Kennedy.



We have a long list of testimonials therefore we will be uploading them in due course.


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