Martin Cousins

Martin

Cousins

Manager, Trainer

Background

My first introductory to martial arts was in the sixties, when my father took me to judo lessons. It was in the early seventies when I joined the Dunlaoghaire Kenpo Karate Club under the supervision of Mr Tommy Jordan, chief instructor to the Irish Karate association. I received my 1st Dan black belt from Mr Jordan in January 1980. In 1998 after many years with the Irish Karate Association I left to pursue my own goals. In the same year I formed Dunlaoghaire Kenpo Karate Ireland. Shortly after, I formed East Coast Martial Arts.

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Achievements

I fought nationally from the seventies to the nineties. My most satisfying achievement in competitive karate was winning the Irish karate Association title. I was selected to represent Ireland many times on the Irish National Karate team at European and world level over many years.

  • January 1980 – I received my 1st Dan black belt from Mr Jordan

  • December 1987 – I received my second Dan black belt from Mr Jordan

  • December 1990 – I received my third Dan black belt from Mr Jordan

  • May 1995 – I received my 4 degree Black belt from Mr Jordan

  • June 2001 – I graded to the rank of 5th degree black belt under the guidance of the Irish Kenpo Senior Council.

  • June 2004 – I graded to the rank of 6th degree black belt

  • June 2012 – I graded to the rank of 7th degree black belt from Mr Jordan

  • 2006 – First person to be awarded the IMAC First Volunteer Ambassador by the Irish Martial Arts Commission

  • March 2011 – I received a Life Time Achievement award by the Irish Karate Association Tommy Jordan and Peter Coyle And the Keepers International Martial Arts award presented by Pietro Spadaro Soke

  • November 2012 – I was nominated By Grandmaster John Ward to receive the hall of fame International Instructor Of The Year U.S.A

  • June 2011 – I received the title of Shihan by the Irish Ju-jutsu-kai Federation Hanshi Joe Carslake and Hanshi Martin Carslake.

  • October 2011 – I received a special commendation from Kodo Butoku Renmei for services to Budo at a seminar in Sicily

    2017 received my 7th Dan

    2019 received my 8th Degree in Traditional Kenpo and 8th Degree in Bushi  Kenpo Jujutsu KAI.

YEARS TEACHING

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IKA champion (multiple)
ONAKAI champion & medalist
EKC medalist
W.O.M.A.A Master’s World Champion 2015,2016,2017
W.OM.A.A Silver Medalist – Forms

CURRENT STATUS

8th Degree Black Belt,  8th Degree Black Belt 
Kenpo Karate                        Bushi Kenpo Ju-jutsu kai
2nd Degree black Belt
Kyushoshin Ju-jutsu

 

1st Kyu Brown Belt
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