Eamonn Knights, a multi-talented award winning 5th degree Black Belt, has been practicing Karate and Martial Arts for over 30 years and taught Karate in Japan and the US in the last 10 years. He currently teaches Isshinryu style Karate with a focus on self-defense in Washington DC.
Born in London, Eamonn began studying Karate as a teenager in Guyana, South America, and received his Shodan (1st degree black belt) in 1994. While an undergraduate at the University of Maryland he was first exposed to Isshinryu Karate. Under Sensei’s Dr. Wells and Ron Klingner, he began studying Isshinryu Karate. He competed frequently in local tournaments and won many awards. In 1997, Eamonn traveled to Okinawa with a Shorinryu Karate School. There he met Shorinryu masters and trained with the Okinawan sparring team, before they competed in the Okinawan Karate Kobudo World Tournament. He also met Sensei Hovey who introduced him to other Isshinryu Karatekas during that trip. He received a letter of appreciation from the Mayor of Urasoe City for his contributions to the promotion of international exchange activities. From 1997 to 2001, Eamonn went back to Japan where he further developed his Karate skills and began teaching Karate. He trained with Master Uezo to perfect his sparring techniques and worked out different styles with some of the best Karate fighters. He was also exposed to Chinese Martial Arts including Tai Chi. In 2003, Eamonn received a 5th degree Black Belt from Master Kichiro Shimabuku 10th Dan (IWKA) . When Sensei Klingner who taught Isshinryu Karate in Washington DC retired, Eamonn took over as the Lead Instructor. Throughout the years, Eamonn developed his own fighting and teaching styles. He emphasizes discipline, code of conduct and self-cultivation. He encourages his female students to fight back with simple yet powerful self-defense techniques. Eamonn speaks several languages including Chinese, Indonesian, and Japanese, and enjoys playing violin and ballroom dancing as part of his efforts as a balanced human being.