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The Team

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Jarek Bujnowski
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu  Black Belt
Head Coach
Jarek is a Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and a Multiple European and Irish Championship medalist. His martial arts and sports journey started at the age of eight in gymnastics and Olympic Wrestling. He continued his wrestling career for 15 years earning multiple medals on Polish Nationals and European tournaments. Jarek had the privilege to train in the strongest (at the time) wrestling team in Poland "Legia Warszawa". He shared the mat on a daily basis with European, World and Olympic Champions!
After moving to Ireland Jarek has started his amateur MMA and BJJ adventure (2009). Since then Jarek has been a very active competitor, winning multiple titles: Irish Open Champion, NAGA European Champion, 3x IBJJF European bronze medallist, to name the few.
Jarek holds Master Degree as Sports Coach, is a qualified CHEK Practitioner lvl 1 and qualified Sports Massage Therapist.
During his BJJ journey, Jarek had opportunity to train and learn from greatest in this sport: Royce Gracie, Saulo Ribeiro, Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles, Braulio Estima, Lucas Lepri, Isaac Behinse, Jamie Canuto, Jake McKenzie, Ffion Davies, Felipe Costa, Piotr Baginski, Adam Wardzinski to name few.
His competitive spirit and coaching skills allow his trainees to improve steadily, gaining the necessary techniques, confidence, strength and rewards.
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Dave is a head coach at Shannon Muay Thai Academy since 2019. His experience gained over the years training and competing out of Eire Muay Siam Limerick allows him to provide the highest level of coaching. Thanks to his dedication for the sport as well as his teaching style our Shannon Muay Thai team is growing rapidly.
Aside from Muay Thai Dave is also fully Qualified Fitness Instructor receiving his qualifications from National Council of Exercise and Fitness at the University of Limerick.
Dave is very passionate and enthusiastic about Muay Thai and believes it has numerous physical and mental benefits!
Dave Fitzgerald
Muay Thai
Head Coach
Started BJJ in 2016 in having previously trained in karate, boxing and other martial arts. He started as an assistant coach at Shannon Jiu-Jitsu Academy in 2018 and has been teaching the kids class since the beginning. Stephen previous experience as a teacher allows him to ensure that the lessons are best taught to individual needs of each of the students.
He is passionate about making every kid Bullyproof and giving them the confidence to be their best.
Stephen Byrne
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt
Assistant Instructor
Kids Head Coach
Samara was introduced to Jiu-Jitsu in 2016. The concept of the smaller weaker person being able to defend against much stronger opponent intrigued her which resulted in regular training.
Samara was very active and competitive in various sports since an early age but BJJ is what she fell in love with. She is a multi-medalist of national and international tournaments and an assistant instructor in our Academy.
Her friendly approach, warmth and an ability to pass the knowledge in a fun way makes her the favorite "Little Warriors" instructor. 
Samara is also a qualified Personal Trainer (NFQ lvl 5).
The importance of physical activity, passion for the sport and personal experiences make her a valuable asset to the Academy.
Samara O'Callaghan
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt
Kids Instructor
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