John McSweeney started his training with Ed Parker in 1959. John McSweeney grew up in the streets of the Bronx and was a tough fighter. In 1962 he was promoted to Shodan, later that year he left for Dublin, Ireland to pursue his Masters Degree from Trinity College. It was there that he opened the Karate School of Ireland. It was also the first commercial Karate school in Ireland. Following in his instructor’s footsteps, he is also considered by many to be the father of Karate in Ireland.