Jimmy began training in Martial Arts at 16 years of age (1983) and, as many students do, spent some of his early years experimenting in different styles, ranging from Taekwon-Do in Mountjoy Square to Kenpo at the Tivoli Centre in Bray. He then changed paths into football, coaching teams from schoolboy level up to League of Ireland. Throughout his football years, he still continued to train in Martial Arts before finally returning to training full time under Sensei Derek Desmond in ALSAA Karate in the mid 90’s. Jimmy has trained under many Instructors both here and abroad and continues to travel to as many courses as possible each year.
After training 4 days a week in the club for over 7 years, he received his 1st Dan in 2004. He followed this with his 2nd Dan in 2007 before passing his 3rd Dan in 2011 and his 4th Dan in late 2014. All grades are certified by Sensei Sakagami, Sensei Derek Desmond and by WKAI and JKF Wado-Kai Japan. In 2016, Jimmy was presented his 5th Dan (Godan) by Sensei Junior Lefevre, CIKA World Chief Instructor and President.
Jimmy has been an instructor since receiving his 1st Dan and he has trained with many experienced instructors both in Ireland and abroad. He currently holds his ONAKAI WKF Referee’s Licence, NTC coaching cert and TRX Instructor’s cert. He also holds a first aid certificate and has been Garda vetted.
He has competed at the FEW’s representing WKAI in Kumite and is currently WKFI Kumite & Kata squad coach along with Sensei Martin Nulty.
Jimmy's list of qualifications are: 5th Dan CIKA, 4th Dan JKF, 3rd Kyu JKF Instructor and 3rd Kyu JKF Examiner
Neil began training in Wado-Kai Karate at the age of 6 under Sensei Derek Desmond at ALSAA Karate. He received his 1st degree black belt in 2007 at the age of 15 and followed it with his 2nd Dan at the age of 21 in 2012 and now holds 3rd Dan in 2016. He has been an instructor since the age of 18.
Neil has competed in many competitions, both in Ireland and abroad, and has accumulated numerous medals and trophies over the years in both Kata and Kumite. He is also a member of both the ONAKAI national & WKFI squad.
Like Sensei Jimmy Harte, Neil has trained with many instructors including Sensei Antonio Oliva, Sensei Sakagami, Sensei Nishimura, Sensei Junior Lefevre, Sensei Rene Smaal, Sensei Peter May and many more.
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