GM Peter Coyle
Coyle began his Kenpo training five decades ago when he enrolled in the Fitzwilliam Street Kenpo Karate Club in Dublin with American black belt John McSweeney, the man responsible for the introduction of Ed Parker's art into Ireland and Europe. Later he trained with Tommy Jordan at his club in Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin. He still trains regularly with Jordan at the Rathgar Kenpo Karate Studio in Dublin.
Coyle is one of the founding members of Karate Ireland Founded in 1978. Coyle was then elected to the position of PRO. Currently the Karate Ireland president, Coyle was awarded a 10th dan black belt by American Grandmaster Al Tracy in Chicago, USA. Later Tracy visited Ireland where he honored Coyle once more at a function in Dublin's Gresham Hotel.
"Peter Coyle is one of the pioneers of Karate in Ireland," Jordan said. "Over many years he has given great service to all Karate practitioners, especially in his chosen style Kenpo. Through his Karate Ireland position he has also worked diligently for all other stylists throughout the country."
"Karate Ireland teams are now competing all over the world in European Karate Federation (EKF) and World Karate Federation (WKF) competitions, representing Ireland at the highest level. This is in no small part to the tireless work of Karate Ireland and especially Peter Coyle," Jordan added. Coyle was recently honoured with as award at this year's National Junior Championships where he officiated for the last time as chief referee.