Instructor Profile: Niall McCreanor 2nd Dan

Niall profileBorn in Belfast and hailing from Downpatrick Co.Down, Niall was involved in a number of team sports throughout his schooldays notably Gaelic Football where he has represented Co.Down and Lancashire at various age levels. 


Niall stayed in England after graduating from Manchester as a Civil Engineer to work in construction and mainly due to work and travel commitments drifted away from active sports other than an occassional game of golf or trip to the gym.


Having had little knowledge or experience of martial arts other than a dabble in Judo while at school, Niall's interest was stimulated in 2008 when his 7 year old twins started to practice Karate in an after school club. After a bit of persuasion from other parents and his own kids he decided to attend a few classes and within a short space of time was hooked. He says: "I can't think of many sports where you can start as a parent in your 40's and can fully participate and progress your skills and expertise alongside your kids. The benefits Karate has brought me are many and varied and include fitness, flexibility, conditioning, as well as an opportunity to meet some great people; and even better - it's fun!


Under Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan KUGB, Niall achieved his Shodan in 2012 and his Nidan in 2015 which he feels counts as one of the proudest moments of his life. Niall continues to explore his passion for karate through training and instructing and gets great enjoyment in developing his own knowledge and skills and particularly in seeing the progress of the junior club members through their grades. 


Niall's goal is to continue to train hard, study the wider aspects of karate and support the continuing growth of Shotokan Karate within York Elite and the KUGB.

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