Keiso Sensei Steve Joseph
Steve Joseph began his martial arts training at the age of 10. The formation of ShinKen-Do came into existence as a result of an unprovoked attack as a youth by skin head gangs in the mid 70s in whilst living in London’s East End.
After the attack he concluded that the martial arts he studied were limited in their approach and ventured to a number of martial arts disciplines at which he holds 6 black belts in various styles. His intention was not to create a martial art style, but to devise a method that would provide all round protection.
Since the birth of ShinKen-Do he has helped create over 40 black belts throughout his teaching career now over 26 years.
In 2005 he was awarded the grade of 6th Dan for his dedication and commitment to the martial arts expanding over 36 years.
His tireless work at promoting the art and his extraordinary martial art skill gained him numerous respect amongst martial artist and his students alike. ShinKen-Do schools can be seen across the globe. His philosophical motto is ” Work brings results . Hard Work brings good results”
Sensei Larry Mcquaid 3rd Dan Head Instructor (Eire) started his ShinKen-Do training under Sensei Jason Morris in Mullagh Co.Cavan Ireland. November 1999.After a training session consisiting of 5 nights a week Sensei Larry sort further instruction from Chief Instructor/founder Sensei Steve Joseph.. Sensei Larry is highly skilful and versatile and being particularly masterful at Joint Restraints, low leg kicks and weapons knife defence.
Sensei Larry McQuaid runs succcessful Dojos in Ballyjamesduff and Mullagh, Co. Cavan. Enniskillen Co. Fermanagh.
Sensei Alex Tansel 2nd Dan (UK) began his ShinKen-Do training in 2004 from Harold Hill Essex.Having greatly admired the art and in particularly its diversity to Self Defence, Sensei Alex found the perfect system. As the first ever youngest black belt of shinkendo (age then 17 years ) Alex had a burning passion to teach his beloved art and today remains the first youngest ever instructor at the age of 21 to instruct the system of ShinKen-Do. A gifted martial artist, Sensei Alex Tansel is greatly admired by his students for his hard work, dedicaton and contribution to the continued development and growth of ShinKen-Do.
Sensei Aingeal McQuaid 2nd Dan (Eire) Began her Shin Ken-Do training in Co. Cavan under the tutelage of Sensei Larry Mcquaid in 2001. Along with her husband she runs a successful school in the Ballyjamesduff Area of Co.Cavan and has helped coach numerous students to black belts. She holds up to 5 class a week with an inspirational dedication and commitment.
Sensei Mark Flynn 3rd Dan (Eire)Sensei Mark Flynn Began his training in ShinKen-Do in 1998 Mullagh Co.Cavan Ireland. His first Instructor Sensei Jason Morris saw great potential in Mark and trained him extensively in ShinKen-Do one to one tuition and furthermore took him to numerous martial arts competitions throughout Ireland and overseas. Sensei Mark has tirelesly worked on the expansion of his art. He is passionate about teaching and has help developed numerous Black Belts with individuals becoming dojo instructors. Credit to his name is Sensei Emily O’Shea
Sensei Mark Flynn runs a successful ShinKen-Do Dojo in Cavan town.
Sensei James Flynn 2nd Dan (Eire) Began his training in ShinKen-Do in 1998 Mullagh Co.Cavan Ireland. His first Instructor Sensei Jason Morris trained him extensively in ShinKen-Do alongside his brother one to one tuition and furthermore took him to numerous martial arts competitons throughout Ireland. A really dedicated student and a passionate instructor, Sensei James Flynn spends most of his free time training his pupils raising each individual to his and her best technical ability. Along with his brother credit to his name is Sensei Emily O’Shea. Sensei James Flynn with his brother runs a successful ShinKen-Do Dojo in Cavan town.
Sensei Brendan Boland 2nd Dan (Eire) began his training in 2007. He continues to work tirelessly in help promoting the art in his hometown of Athlone Ireland where he operates and runs a hugely successful Dojo. A student of Sensei Larry/Aingeal McQuaid. Sensei Brendan Boland wishes the art to expand all over Ireland. Highly respected by his student and black belt colleague instructors alike Sensei Boland continues to train rigorously 6 days per week. /he has help coached numerous individuals to sempais (seniors). .
Sensei Rebecca Murray 2nd Dan (Eire) began her training in ShinKen-Do in 2003 under Sensei Larry McQuaid. Having achieved the position of senior instructor she helps coach the ballyjamesduff and surrounding dojos with her sensei. Technically skill in all aspects of ShinKen-Do, Sensei Rebecca continues to teach and train on a regular basis at her Dojo Located in Belturbet Co, Cavan. Her tuition has promoted members of her students to Black Belt and leading to instructors in their own right. Credit to her name is the instruction of Sensei Pat Prenderville 1st Dan
Sensei Pat Prenderville 1st Dan (Eire) began his trainning under Sensei Rebbeca Murray. After achieving his Black Belt Grade Sensei Pat conducts his own successful Dojo. A passionate instructor to his pupils and a perfectionist, Sensei Pat hopes to see the spread of shinken-do world wide. He operates his Dojos in Kingscourt Co.Cavan and in Kells Co. Meath where his school has grown from strength to strength.
Sensei Emily O’Shea 2nd Dan (Eire) started her training in 2003. She is technically skill in all aspect of ShinKen-Do and regarded by Sensei Steve Joseph as a great technician and embassador to ShinKen-Do Self Defence for women and men alike. Senior student to Senseis Mark and James Flynn sensei Emily strives for perfection in technique and in pursuit of excellence. She conducts classes in the Co.Cavan area of Ireland.
Sensei Danielle Ni Mhurchu 1st Dan (Eire) began her training in 2008 in ShinKen-Do under Sensei Larry McQuaid.Highly respected, Sensei Danielle Mhurchu is said also to be an ambassador to ShinKen-Do Self Defence for women. She is technically skill in both strikes and joint restraints. An extensive and impressive kicking array from her background in Tae Kwon Do Sensei Danielle operates her own Dojo in Letterkenny Co. Donegal and hopes to spread the art of ShinKen-Do continually throughout Eire.
Sensei Rico Blanc 2nd Dan (USA/St. Lucia) began is training in London in 2008 and having achieve his instructorship he immigrated and began ShinKen-Do in the Caribbean sunny Island of St. Lucia. Sensei Rico has and continues to have a huge passion for training and is very proud to having first introduce the art to the West Indies. He hopes to spread the art by travelling to various carribbean Islands and conduct seminars adding passion and fuel to the growth of shin ken-do.
Sensei Diane Anderson 2nd Dan (New Zealand) came to ShinKen-Do training in 2001 having trained in Kyokushin karate and Judo. In her own words “there was something missing”. After a playful sparring bout with her friend and Sensei Mchael (deceased) she was taken back by the various and fluidity of ShinKen-Do techniques and movements from strikes to Locks and restraints. A renewed passion grew for this new martial art and her training began in shinkend-do up till 6 nights per week. Sensei Diane Anderson continues to teach on a regular basis and conducts a successful school in Auckland New Zealand
Sensei Marie Elsa 2nd Dan (France) came to ShinKen-Do training in 2001 having trained in Aikido and kickboxing. A then students studying English in the UK she came across ShinKen-Do and enrolled in a local university class at the time. She showed dedication and tremendous skill due to her previous martial art but wanted further instruction in ShinKen-Do and ask to be taken privately so she could conduct classes as an instructor in her homeland Toulouse France. Having held demonstrations to the public via martial arts tournaments and in open funfairs the mixture of various techniques that she introduced cause a rapid enrolment from the public and martial arts practitioners alike. She operates a very successful school in the south of France and hopes to see one day the expansion of shinKen-do throughout France and Europe.