A Special Thank You to Master David Quinn

Thank you for the coordination of getting all vintage photos, from the start up of Fitzwilliam Street Kenpo Karate Club's beginning, and for the terrific portrait photos of Masters Jordan, Coyle, Bryan and yourself. Also, for your hard work and dedication to the Martial Arts.

 

 

Grandmaster

John McSweeney honored:

 

On April 1st, 2017 the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame inducted Grand Master John McSweeney. The13th Annual event was held at The Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn, IL.

 

Grand Master John McSweeney – (Posthumous) early Ed Parker Kenpo black belt, early Illinois Kenpo instructor, and known as the Father of Kenpo Karate in Ireland.

 

In 1962 John McSweeney opened up his first Kenpo school in N.Y. The school was later called Chinese Kenpo. Mr. Mc Sweeney also opened up the first Kenpo school in Ireland. He was called the father of Irish Karate. In time he opened up a school in Elmhurst, Illinois called American Kenpo Karate. Due to the passing of late Grand Master John Mc Sweeney, following in the tradition of Grand Master McSweeney, Grand Master Tom Saviano opened up Saviano's White Tiger Kenpo Karate.

 

Upon completion of achieving a black belt and opening schools of his own, Grand Master John McSweeney would promote these students to black belt:

 

NEW YORK SCHOOL

HERBST, BOB (Deceased)

MASCETTA, JOE

PASELTINER, ERIC (Deceased)

CONWAY SR., JOHN

JORDON, TOM

MAHON, MAURICE

CHEMA, PETE

RICE, JAMES

QUINONES, ED

SENSEMAN, STEVE

 

CHICAGO SCHOOL

SAVIANO, TOM

VASSOLO, MIKE

KORDA, RAY

HUGHES, RON

DI CIANNI, PETER

MANGLARIS, CHRIS

CAMP, STEVE

 

 

 

 

Our Irish Brothers in Kenpo Join Grand Master Tom Saviano and his White Tigers in Celebrating Grand Master John McSweeney's induction into the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame:

 

Masters Tommy Jordan, Peter Coyle and Ken Bryan from Grand Master John McSweeney's Irish lineage join us in recognition of this truly great martial artist. Master McSweeney is recognized as the man responsible for the introduction of Ed Parker's art into Ireland and Europe. Master Tommy Jordan was Master McSweeney's first Black Belt followed by Master Peter Coyle. Master McSweeney opened Fitzwilliam Street Kenpo Karate Club, in Dublin, Ireland,

on Feb. 22, 1962.

 

 

Masters Tommy Jordan, Peter Coyle and Ken Bryan held a Kenpo Karate Seminar at Saviano's White Tiger Kenpo Karate school in Addison, IL.

 

It was a night of learning for all levels of our White Tigers. Here are some photos of that special night.

 

 

 

 

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