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   Instructor

Mr. Anthony Taylor - 6th Degree Black Belt

   Contact Details
Address: Bawnogue Community Centre
Clondalkin
Dublin 22
Co. Dublin
Ireland
Telephone: 01 - 4593967
Fax:  
E-mail: Tom McGrane
Web: www.kenpokarate.ie/bawnogue
   Training Times
Monday: 7.00 PM - 9.30 PM
   
Thursday: 7.00 PM - 9.30 PM
  Instructor Profile

Mr.Anthony Taylor

Mr. Taylor began his training in Kenpo in1975 under the instruction of Mr. Des Tracey and Mr. Michael Travers. He was tested successfully for his Black Belt in 1980 by the IKKF grading panel, which consisted of Mr. Maurice Mahon, Mr. Don Cassidy, Mr. Des Tracey, Mr. Michael Travers, and Mr. Hugh Hanratty. Mr. Taylor entered his first tournament in 1977. He first represented Ireland in 1982 at the EKF European Karate Championship in Switzerland. This was the start of a 10-year career as a regular member of the Irish Karate Team. Mr. Taylor continued as a tournament fighter until he retired from fighting in 1997. He has won over 20 individual fighting events and was a member of over 30 winning teams as well as winning numerous kata events. He still competes in forms/kata sections today.

Mr. Taylor began teaching as an assistant instructor in1981. He soon became a roving instructor for the IAKKF setting up and opening schools for the association. From 1992 he served two consecutive terms as an executive member of the Irish Martial Arts Commission.

The Kenpo Mr. Taylor studied in the early days was Mr, Parker’s 50’s and early 60’s Kenpo. Mr. Taylor got the opportunity to train with Mr Parker when he came to Ireland in 1989 just before his death. But it was to be 1993 when he met Mr. John Sepulveda that he made the decision to reconnect to the American Kenpo Training System. A decision that has enriched his Kenpo, and has brought him to a new level of understanding and accomplishment.

Mr Taylor trains with Master John Sepulveda 9th Degree and also trains regularly with his good friend Mr. Ed Downey the man responsible for introducing him to Mr. Sepulveda and Mr. Speakman.

Mr Taylor opened the Bawnogue Club in 1995. His eldest daughter Ellen helps in the running of the club. When he opened the club he was teaching the old version of Kenpo, he soon changed to the AKTS syllabus with the help of Mr.Downey who has guided and supervised the transition.

  Club History

Mr. Taylor’s Chronological Kenpo History

2002
Member of the Jeff Speakman Demonstration Team which featured American Kenpo for the first time at the world famous Festival of Martial Arts in Bercy, Paris, France.
Appointed to the referee council of the Irish Karate Advisory Board.

2001
Member of the organising committee for the Open European Kenpo Karate Championships in Dublin.

2000
Promoted to 4th Degree by Mr. John Sepulveda.

1999
Silver medallist Black Belt forms IKKA European Championships Dublin.

1998
Silver medallist creative musical forms AKKS European Championships Jersey.
Demonstrated at the first "Irish Martial Arts Exhibition" in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, County Dublin.
Completed a one year course in U.C.D. on "Injury management and Fitness in Sport"

1997
Fought for the last time in competition in the Grand kumite Kick boxing tournament. Lost in the quarter finals to Roy Baker (World & European Kick boxing Champion) Eventual winner was Alfie Lewis (5 times World Kick Boxing Champion)
Met and trained with Jeff Speakman for the first time.

1996
Appointed national coach to the Kenpo Fellowship.
Trained with Huk Planas for the first time.

1995
Opened Bawnogue Kenpo Karate Club.
Tournament Director All Styles Karate Tournament, Dublin.

1994
Awarded Black Belt Merit Award by the Kenpo Fellowship.
Trained with John Sepulveda for the first time.
Appointed to the Senior Technical Board of the Kenpo Fellowship.

1993
Silver medallist Black Belt individual Sparring IKKA European Championships Dublin.
Met John Sepulveda for the first time.
Elected for a second term to the executive of the Irish Martial Arts Commission.

1992
Brought team to British Midland Championships in Birmingham.
Team finish 2nd. Came 3rd in Black Belt Individual Kumite
Was unanimously elected by the executive committee as chief instructor of the I.A.K.K.F after the passing of instructor Mr.Michael Travers.
Elected to the executive of the Irish Martial Arts Commission.
Selected to represent Ireland on the Irish Martial Arts Commission. Karate team in the WUKO European Championships in Holland.

1991
Promoted to 3rd Degree Black Belt by Mr. Michael Travers.

1990
Met and trained with Mr. Parker for the first time.

1989
Won the Spirit of the day trophy and 2nd place team event Coventry, England
Tournament Director All Styles Karate Tournament, Dublin.

1988
Selected to represent Ireland at the 4 Nations Karate Championships in Cardiff.
Demonstrated in Jersey at the All Styles Martial Arts Commission Charity Exhibition.

1987
Selected to represent Ireland at the 4 Nations Karate Championships in Belfast.

1986
Promoted to 2nd Degree by Mr. Des Tracey and Mr. Michael Travers

1985
Selected to represent Ireland at the EKF European Karate Championships in Dublin.

1984
Selected to represent Ireland at the IAKF World Karate Championships in Egypt.

1983
Selected to represent Ireland at the EKF European Karate Championships in Germany.

1982
Selected for the first time to represent Ireland at the EKF European Karate Championships in Switzerland.

1981
Travelled to Boston USA with the IKKF senior instructors who returned and began teaching Shaolin Kenpo

1980
Tested successfully for his Black Belt by the IKKF grading panel, which consisted of Mr. Maurice Mahon, Mr. Don Cassidy, Mr. Des Tracey, Mr. Michael Travers, and Mr. Hugh Hanratty

1979
Graded to 1st Brown Belt.

1978
Won the first of many Tournaments.

1977
Entered First Karate tournament All Ireland Kenpo Karate Championships

1976
Graded to Blue Belt.

1975
Walked into his first Kenpo Karate School at 15 years of age in Parnell Square.