John McSweeney introduced Kenpo to Ireland after arriving here from America to study economic geography in Trinity College. Mr McSweeney received his Black Belt in the original Kenpo syllabus with Ed Parker. Mr McSweeney opened the first Kenpo Karate club in Ireland and Europe in 40 Upper Fitzwilliam Street on 26th February 1963.
The first four Kenpo Black Belts in Ireland and Europe were Tommy Jordan, Maurice Mahon, John conway and Jim Rice. Maurice the opened his own Kenpo Karate Club in Baggot Street Dublin and that is where Eddie Cummins started his martial arts journey. Eddie was thought the same original syllabus by Maurice Mahon and later by Mr Tony Dunne. Eddie still continues to refine and teach the same syllabus today.
The E.C.S.K. has two schools both on the north side of Dublin city. One in Artane and the other in Donaghmede. Both clubs are purpose built martial arts dojos, with highly qualified Black Belt instructors both male and female. Our aim is to ensure the continuing teaching and development of traditional Kenpo Karate in Ireland. Our classes are designed for children and adults of all abilities, aged from 6-60.
Kenpo Karate is Ideal to develop coordination, increase strength, flexibility, fitness and discipline while learning self-defence. We always encourage our students to question themselves and the system in a constructive and progressive manner.