Lau Gar Ireland

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About Lau Gar Ireland

Lau Gar Ireland, member of The Irish Martial Arts Commission. Lau Gar Kuen (translation Lau Family Fist or Style) is a Southern Shaolin Kung Fu System, which emphasises hand techniques with great speed and accuracy as well as including a considerable amount of kicking also.


The classes taught by Bobby O Neil and his instructors are taught with the utmost professionalism and in a fun and enjoyable way. This system teaches self discipline, strength, self esteem, team building and most of all a very effective self defence system.


Notes on Kung Fu 

Kung Fu is the oldest Martial Arts system dating back to 2,700 B.C.  It is a highly effective method of self-defence, incorporating breathing techniques, body conditioning, ancient exercise and various methods of fighting including kicking, hand grappling and weapon training.


The purpose of Kung Fu is to create a disciplined individual who only uses his knowledge when his life or the life of his friend is threatened.  Students who continue to practice the art can become very fit and agile and at the same time be able to defend themselves with techniques that are second to none.


The course is of particular interest to ladies in so far as we accentuate speed and agility rather than muscle power.  Kung Fu can be practised by the very young and old alike.


The style of Kung Fu we practice is Lau Gar Kuen one of the 5 original Shaolin systems. Our Master Jeremy Yau learned the style from his Grandfather in Hong Kong. Master Yau visits Ireland on a regular basis for training seminars which are for all our members to attend and share in his vast knowledge.   

Notes on Kickboxing

A modern Martial Art developed from combining oriental Kicking with western style boxing techniques.  Emphasis is placed on teaching practical adaptable techniques suitable for self-defence as well as for competitions.


There is considerable emphasis placed on physical fitness using rigorous exercise to gain ultimate stamina, flexibility and strength.


Kickboxing is increasingly being used as a method of fitness training and weight control.  Circuit training, pad work and exercise used in our classes are suitable for use as a self-defence system or purely as a means to keeping fit.  The students have a choice whether to participate in the sparring classes and go forward to compete in regular competitions at local and national level.