• Shidoin Joe Galvin

    3rd Degree Black Belt KU - 4th Degree Black Belt Shotokan


    Joe Galvin Sensei.

    Galvin Sensei is the chief instructor at KU Cork and started training in 1979 in Shotokan Karate (JKA) under Kevin Murphy Sensei (Retired), he graded in his early years under Tomita Sensei (JKA)and Graded his Yudansha grades under Eneoda Sensei(JKA), Shodan (1st Black Belt) in January 1984 and Ni Dan 1987 (2nd Black Belt),having spent some time working in the United States Glavin Sensei had the oppertunity to train under some notable instructors, Nishiyama/Okazaki/Gould (ASKF) And while in Europe with Ohta (JKA)/Ouchi(JKA)/Eneoda(JKA Chief Instructor RIP)/Rhodes(KUGB) To name but a few, he returned to Ireland and graded to San Dan (3rd Black Belt) in 2004 and Yondan in 2008 (4th Black Belt). 

    Galvin Sensei transitioned to Koryu Uchinadi in 2010 and received his Shodan in KU in 2011, Graduated the IRKRS (International Ryukyu Karate Research Society) as a Shidoin level instructor in 2012, and was graded to San Dan (3rd Black Belt) in 2014.(double grade).

    Galvin Sensei has attended countless seminars here, In Europe and the United States over the years an, he continues to study Shotokan kata & Koryu Uchinadi, he teaches (KU) three days & two mornings per the week but is available to his students anytime and is available to visit other Dojo's to introduce KU practices to like minded Karate practitioners, he also studies weapons (Bo,Tonfa, Nanchuku, Tanbo, Knife) and Bjj under the guidance of Rodrigo Boroski. 


    Some of Glavin Senseis' personal motto's are  " We Evolve or We Die" & "Play hard or Go Home"

  • Patrick McCarthy began his training in the 60's and came up through the ranks with good old-fashioned hard traditional type karate training.

    He forged his identity on the tournament floor in kata, kumite and kobudo during the 70's amidst fierce and talented competition.

    In the 80's he relocated to Japan, and became widely recognized for his field studies and historical-based writings. His groundbreaking research, several books, including the best-selling publication “The Bubishi,” now translated intoseveral languages, have been published everywhere during the 90’s.

    He’s even responsible for establishing the world’s first University-level undergraduate Diploma of Martial Arts Instruction program in the new millennium.

    The success of his international seminars has made him one of the most sought after master instructors anywhere in the world.

    As a 5th generation master-level instructor of Uchinadi, following Kinjo Hiroshi, Hanashiro Chomo, Itosu Ankoh, and, Matsumura Sokon, he’s walked inthe footsteps of those masters who pioneered modern karate and received his credentials (Kyoshi 7th dan) from the Dai Nippon Butokukai, as they were bestowed upon Funakoshi Gichin, Miyagi Chojun, Mabuni Kenwa, Ohtsuka Hironori, Konishi Yasuhiro, Sakagami Ryusho, and Nagamine Shoshin.

    A recognized trailblazer in the application practices of traditional kata, McCarthy Sensei has also been invited to teach his theories in more than twenty countries around the world including, Canada, the USA, Venezuela, Trinidad, Ireland, Scotland, England, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, Israel, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

    McCarthy Sensei is also one of the few foreigners to actually teach karate-do in Japan. Moreover, he is recognized worldwide as one of the foremost authorities on the civil fighting traditions (Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo Jutsu) of Okinawa. Having studied karate since childhood, McCarthy’s credentials are impressive. An extensive career competing in Canadian and American open tournament circuit earned him international recognition as a North American top-ten rated competitor in kata (forms), kumite (fighting) and kobudo (ancient weapons). He is the first non-oriental to ever be awarded a 7th Dan and the coveted Kyoshi Menkyo (Teacher's License) from the Dai Nippon Butokukai Kyoto Honbu. The same place where karate pioneers such as Funakoshi Gichin, Miyagi Chojun, Mabuni Kenwa and Hironori Ohtsuka received their teachers accreditation. In 2004 McCarthy Sensei was awarded the title of Hanshi and the rank of 8th Dan by the World Kobudo Federation for his considerable contributions to the martial arts. In 2011 Hanshi McCarthy was promoted to the rank of 9th Dan by his own Okinawan teacher, Grandmaster Kinjo Hiroshi.