Ed the Champion Fighter…
Chief Instructor, Master Ed Byrne is known as the father of Sport Karate in the Southwest. He introduced it after many discussions with multi World Champ Kevin Brewerton. He is an expert in a number of Karate styles including:- Bujinkai, Shotokan and Shukokai Shorai and is recognised as the first person to bring both Freestyle Karate and Sport Karate into the Southwest.
Ed is also the co- founder of Ashiita Kai Karate and founder of Ed Byrne’s Eclectic Karate – he was presented his 9th Dan in Eclectic Karate by Jon Alexander and Ito Kunimitsu.
He also practices:
- Wing Chun Kung Fu
- Pak Mei Kung Fu (white eyebrow style)
- Jeet Kune Do
- Tae Kwon Do (T.A.G.B/ G.T.I/ W.T.F)
Ed is the British Masters Champion and has won the Southwest Grand Prix Masters Mens title for the past 5 years. He gets invited to compete at every Kumite event and is due to fight in ‘The Battle of the Celts’ on 23rd August and again in October 2008.
Ed the Record Breaker…
Ed has been the World Destruction Champion since 1992 and is the holder of 15 consecutive World Breaking Records.
On March 21st 2008 Ed set a new world record by breaking 55 concrete blocks with his bare hands in just 4.86 seconds, shattering Dan Netherlands previous record of 17.49 seconds. He is now aiming to beat the existing record for breaking the most blocks in one stack which currently stands at 31.
He has also just finished filming for a new ‘Super-human’ television series, where he is appearing in the ‘Strong’ programme.
Ed the Family Man…
Ed loves teaching children and watching his students progress and as a father of 3 he likes to spend as much quality time with his family as possible. Despite winning numerous championships he maintains that his favourite title is ‘Dad’.
His hobbies include following his favourite Football team, Arsenal and enjoying a round of golf, when he has time.
He dislikes bullying, back stabbers bad etiquette and Instructors who don’t practice what they preach!
About the Academy
The Byrne Black Belt Martial Arts Schools are regarded as the best and most progressive in the Southwest of England, offering an exciting blend of Kickboxing, Sport Karate, Thai Boxing and Kung Fu disciplines. Teaching takes place in a fun, non-combative, educational programme, which helps the pupil learn self-reliance, respect and discipline.
The Byrne Black Belt Academy also has a tournament squad named ‘The Pirates’, who train separately to the Academy, holding squad training sessions on a weekly basis. Ed set up ‘The Pirates’ in 1990, choosing the name as it was synonymous with the Southwest and they always took the silverware at tournaments! Ever true to his word, ‘The Pirates’ are the Southwest’s most successful team, having won over 400 tournaments outright thanks to Master Ed’s vast knowledge of tournament techniques.
Ed is recognised as being the most successful and influential Martial Arts coach to come out of the Southwest, producing over 100 Cornish champions, 26 British Champions, 6 European Champions and 3 World Champions. In 2006 he was awarded Instructor of the year and for 2006/2007. Ed was voted Coach of the Year at the prestigious Restormel Sports Awards. His success has continued this year as the Byrne Black Belt Academy has just won the Junior Club of the Year.
(Interview from August 2008)