Kyoshi Patrick Donahue
Traditionally, teachers have passed their martial arts practice and dojo over to their most trusted and loyal senior student. In the case of Kyoshi Donahue, the senior students name is Matthew Butler.
Matthew chose a very serious path in martial arts and for many years he's worked towards finding and opening a Dojo. That opportunity was presented to Matthew when his teacher, Kyoshi Donahue, passed his school on to him -- which is now White Crane Martial Arts under Matthew Butler. Matthew is the Head Instructor and was Kyoshi Donahue's most trusted senior student.
Kyoshi Donahue has trained all over the world, throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Okinawa, and Mainland Japan. He continued his personal training and research with some of the most respected Sensei in the world today. He offered private lessons and semi-private lessons on many martial arts subjects, firearms training, knife defense, and massage (shiatsu, chinese, and japanese) as well.
Kyoshi Donahue's Background:
Kyoshi Donahue's Training:
Kyoshi Patrick Donahue started formal training in the Martial Arts in 1976 at the age of six years old. The style was American Kenpo, and the Dojo was located in Taunton, MA. In 1982, Kyoshi Donahue moved to Nashua, NH with his family and continued his training. This time at a Chinese Kempo studio. After graduating from high school, Kyoshi Donahue continued his martial arts studies with a more serious approach. Searching for a true traditional Sensei, he finally met an instructor, Sensei Sali Azem, and began training with him in 1988. In 1990, Sensei Azem offered Donahue an opportunity in what is considered the most serious type of training possible. This type of training is called ushi dashi (special apprentice or live-in apprentice). Donahue, with much excitement, accepted this appointment and continued this method of practice until 1995.
Donahue continued to study with Sensei Azem, as a humble student, until his passing in August 2017.
On Kyoshi Donahue's 19th birthday he received a gift certificate from his father to train with Soke Mike Pabst. Kyoshi Donahue accepted this gift and began studying with Soke Pabst in 1989. Kyoshi Donahue also continued his studies with Soke Pabst as one of his direct students until his passing.
Through Pabst Soke, Kyoshi Donahue met and trained with some of the highest ranked and skilled Aikido and Aiki Ju Jutsu instructors in the world. To name a few of them: Soke Thomas Burdine (Aikido), Master instructor Seiji Tanaka (Tomiki Aikido), and the late Master Masatake Sekkiya (Aikido).
In 1995, Kyoshi Donahue founded and opened The Brattleboro School of Budo. In January 2017, twenty one years later, Kyoshi Donahue passed The Brattleboro School of Budo on to one of his senior students, Matthew Butler.
Below is a very small fraction of some of the teachers Kyoshi Donahue had trained with - either extensively or in repeated seminars over the years:
Kyoshi Donahue was a certified practitioner of Koho Shiatsu (acupressure) and had provided treatments in several locations all around Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He continued to teach and study the healing arts as part of his Budo. Kyoshi Donahue also practiced and taught Zen meditation and Eastern philosophy.
Kyoshi Donahue also taught Budo (as a fully accredited course) at Marlboro College, a well-known liberal arts institution in Marlboro, Vermont, and had run countless programs at various Elementary and High Schools in the region.
In addition to that work, Kyoshi Donahue had taught Non-Violent Crisis Intervention to private group homes and other psychiatric residential care facilities. He worked at one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the U.S. doing mental health work and crisis intervention for over 6 years from 1995 to 2001. Kyoshi Donahue also worked at the former Vermont State Hospital (adult intensive unit) with the forensic population, from 2011 - 2017.
Kyoshi Donahue was a certified instructor of Home Firearm Safety, Basic Pistol Training (NRA), former Utah Concealed Carry Instructor under Bureau of Criminal Investigation (state of Utah) and a Massachusetts Pistol/Firearms Instructor under the Massachusetts State Police, (State of MA).
Certifications and Achievements earned by Kyoshi Donahue: