USKFI Chief Instructor
Instructor Lucan, Cabra and Leixlip Shotokan Karate Clubs
Sensei Sherlock started shotokan karate at the age of twelve in 1982, as a member of the Karate Union of Ireland (KUI). He achieved the grade of shodan in 1986, nidan in 1988 and sandan in 1993 under Sensei Andy Sherry. He achieved the grade of yondan under Sensei Enoeda in 1997. He achieved his present grade of Godan in 2003 under a KUGB panel.
He first entered competition in 1988 and has won many National Championships in both Kata and kumite. He also represented Ireland Internationally at both a junior and senior level between 1988-1995. He participated in the Australian bi-Centennial Shoto World Cup 1988, The ESKA European Championships in Athens (Greece) 1989, The Nakayama Cup in Paris (France) in 1989, The International Amateur Karate Federation Championships in Sunderland (England) in 1990, The ESKA European Championships in Ferrara (Italy) in 1990, The ESKA European Championships in Monaco in 1992, The ESKA European Championships in Limasol (Cyprus) in 1993, The Shotokan World Championships in Saarbrucken (Germany) in 1993, The Nakayama Cup in Wales in 1993, The ESKA European Championships in Pori (Finland) in 1995, the The World Shotokan Karate Association Championships in sunderland (England) 1995 and The JKA Shoto World Cup in Tokyo (Japan) in September 2000. During this time, Sensei Sherlock has won 3 bronze and one silver medal at International Level.
In 2002, Sensei Sherlock with Sensei Royle established the USKF and is currently the organisation's Chief Instructor and Chariman. and has recently qualified as a KUGB Instructor Assessor. He is dedicated to improving the standard of traditional Shotokan Karate, and strives to make the USKF the largest shotokan karate organisation in Ireland
Technical Advisor and USKFI Finance Officer
Instructor Corduff & Cavan Shotokan Karate Clubs
Sensei Royle began his career in Shotokan Karate in 1983 at the age of 10. He was a member of the Karate Union of Ireland (KUI). He achieved the grade of Shodan on the 22-04-1988, Nidan on the 07-11-1992 and Sandan on the 23-09-1995 under Sensei Andy Sherry. He achieved the grade of Yondan on the 27-09-2000 under Sensei K. Enoeda. He achieved the grade of Godan in October 2007 under a KUGB panel chaired by Sensei Andy Sherry 8th DAN
He first entered competition in 1984 were he came first in Kata & Kumite. He has won many national and all-styles championships along with many Shotokan Cups from 1984-1995, including the Special Millennium Championships in 1988. He has participated in the KUGB Grand Slam Championships in Chesterfield (England) in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. He also participated in the ESKA European Championships in Monaco 1992, winning a bronze medal, in the Team Event, The World Championships in Saarbrucken (Germany) in 1993, The ESKA European Championships in Limasol (Cyprus) in 1993 and The JKA Shoto World Cup in Tokyo (Japan) in September 2000.
He Started teaching beginners - intermediate levels in his instructors Dojo in 1989. He opened his first Dojo in 1992, were he still practices and teaches four times a week. He opened his second Dojo in 2001, and teaches there three times a week.
He presently holds a National Qualification in Exercise and Health Studies and also a National Qualification in Personal Training from the National College of Exercise and Health Studies in Dublin and has recently qualified as a KUGB Instructor Assessor.
In 2002, Sensei Royle with Sensei Sherlock established the USKF and is currently the Organisations Finance Officer and Technical Advisor. Sensei Royle intends to further his instruction & karate skills through regular training with senior KUGB instructors. He also intends to continue to further his education in Fitness & Health studies, and would like to use these skills to further develop the USKF and help it to become the biggest and most successful karate organisation in Ireland.
Instructor Kilbarrick Shotokan Karate Clubs
Sensei Keegan started out his career in martial arts in boxing at the early age of thirteen. He continued boxing until he was seventeen, winning many contests, including the Dublin leagues in the period 1978-1979.
He joined Kempo Karate in 1981, winning many kata and kumite competitions in Ireland. He also represented Ireland internationally in Egypt in 1983. He gained his Black Belt in 1986 and soon after moved to London where he discovered Shotokan karate. After training in Shotokan for several years, he gained his first DAN in 1989. He fought in many KUGB Nationals before moving to Jersey in late 1989.
In Jersey, he opened his first club. and which was visited several times by Sensei Frank Brennan. The club was very successful, producing two karate champions. Sensei Keegan also made it onto the Jersey National Squad, and was also a memeber of the National Executive Committee.
Sensei Keegan then won the Channel islands all style Championships, followed by the Kumite National Championship in 1994. In 1995, Sensei Keegan returned to Ireland and trained in St. Saviors. He then competed in two Grand slams with the USKF before retiring from Kumite at the age of forty one.
Sensei Keegan is now a memeber of the National Executive Committee for the USKF and has a very successful club in Kilbarrick.
Instructor Santry Shotokan Karate Club
Hartstown Shotokan Karate Club
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Sensei Andy Sherry
Sensei Frank Brennan
Sensei Garry Harford