Here are some of our member’s testimonials. To enquire about how we can help you achieve your goals, contact 083-4259066
Nicola, Software Developer and Kyuzo Member
I have been training in Kyuzo on and off for the past 3 years and every time I go the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly no matter my ability or level, or how long I have been out of training.
Those of us who are beginners have a great chance to learn new things from the advanced students or just practice with our own level as there is a very diverse group of people who train there.
As a female, I found it hard to find a martial arts gym that wouldn’t separate me out from men and train me differently, but in Kyuzo I am given the same tasks and pushed as hard as anyone else in the classes, which is really refreshing.
The classes can be a challenge (although a rewarding one at that) but are never repetitive, and they are always something new and fun- that’s definitely what keeps bringing me back.
Graham, Salesperson and Kyuzo Member
I started with Kyuzo September 2012. I found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fascinating for a long time and had real urge to do it, but never felt fit enough or co-ordinated enough to give it ago. I got myself together some what in 2012 cut out all the bad habits and contacted Barry about giving it ago.
First class your always a bit nervous anyway, but something clicked with me straight away, don’t know what it was really. Maybe it was the different movements that struck a cord, as i was fairly used to Boxing / Kickboxing, and in Jiu Jitsu your movement is completely different but much more skillful and effective. I signed up as a member and got stuck in.
The warm ups are fairly enjoyable (lot of ball games are played) The drills are excellent and we spend the majority of the class on them and then at the end we get to practice what we’ve learned. I used to be quiet nervous at this point, rolling at the end but i’ve completely changed to now preferring a roll and look forward to it more now when in class
I have since gone on and competed twice for the club and won a bit of silverware as well, i believe competing gives you a good indication of where your at, where you want to be and you should take something away from the day that you never knew before.
If your looking to get fit, learn something new, self defense or improve your grappling game i can’t recommend Kyuzo enough. There’s no pressure on you, all the guys/girls help each other out and Barry is fantastic coach. His enthusiasm for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is infectious and it rubs off on you.
Nathan, Leaving Cert Student and Kyuzo Member
I’m training three years now with Barry and the team. They have been the best three years, from meeting new people, training consistently and improving my skills in Jiu Jitsu and MMA. I would highly recommend training with Barry as he is a great coach that looks out for all of his students and has plenty of time for them. We also have many team nights, as in getting to be around the team away from training and have a good time not like most places. That’s why we have a great team vibe around the gym which so many people find welcoming and encouraging Sincerely, Nathan ‘Soapy’ Kelly.
Jessica, Student Doctor and Kyuzo Member
I’ve always wanted to try martial arts, so about 5 months ago when I stumbled across Kyuzo’s website I decided to finally give it ago. Being a woman, I was a bit apprehensive at first because I knew I’d be in the minority. However I soon discovered that no one cares whether you’re a man or a woman, just that you try your hardest when you train. I have to admit I felt pretty awkward and self-conscious for the first few classes, I think that’s normal. But there’s such a friendly atmosphere down at the gym that it didn’t take long before I felt comfortable exposing myself as the clumsy dope I really am. I was never a very athletic person but right now I am fitter, stronger and more limber than I have ever been and I’m improving every week. I also feel more confident that I could defend myself should the need arise. I love training in Kyuzo and I’d highly recommend joining!
Stephen, Civil Servant and Kyuzo Member
I always wanted to try Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and finally took the plunge in 2008. After searching online for a list of clubs I came across Kyuzo (or KO Martial Arts as it was called back then). The gym was just around the corner from me so I decided to call Barry and ask about trying out a class. Later that night I was taking part in my First BJJ class.
One fear I had was that I would be so terrible and so unfit that I’d make a fool of myself and everyone would laugh. Thankfully only one of those things happened. I was terrible and unfit but everyone there was extremely patient with me, willing to go at my pace and help out as best they could.
One thing I liked about KO was the relaxed atmosphere. From day one you’re a member of the club, beginners are not forced to train with just other beginners; anyone on the mats is willing to train with anyone. This gives you a great opportunity to go at your own pace, if you’re there to progress up the BJJ ladder or just want to do something that keeps you fit, you will find someone in the gym in the exact same situation.
Over the years I’ve been in and out of training, but I always come back. The main reason is the group of guys there. If you don’t get on with your partners then you won’t enjoy Jiu Jitsu and then you will quit it after a few weeks. The most important thing in Jiu Jitsu is not knowing an awesome sweep, or having a world champion coach, its having a great group of teammates, Kyuzo has this in abundance.