Founder, Director & Coach

John

John

John McGrath grew up as a young Irish boy, dreaming of being an athlete.  "I saw it as my opportunity to overcome the poverty I was subjected to and travel the world.  After pursuing martial arts and working lots of odd, awful jobs, he had the good fortune of representing his country, Ireland, in the sports of Rowing and Kickboxing.  He attained four black belts under the mentorship of legends such as Ji Han Jae - the same master who trained Bruce Lee.

John is now based in South Africa where he coaches Olympic champions, but his passion is to teach children from the townships who need a source of hope and strength. ”I believe it doesn’t matter where you start; it matters where you finish. 

“The Irish are a giving people. We respond generously. An emergency at the other end of the earth or a tragedy or bereavement in our own community is a summons to gather around. We have deep instincts of responsibility for those in need.”