Jim Brennan was born in Liverpool on 20th July 1952. In the early 1970s he was encouraged by his father to take up some form of self-defence class. He visited a number of clubs in the Merseyside area: Judo, Ju Jitsu, Goju Ryu Karate and even a wrestling club but none of these appealed to him.
The local newspaper advertised that the Red Triangle Karate Club was putting on a demonstration and Jim, along with his father and his brother Frank, went along to the club. He remembers the dojo was crowded with spectators and it was difficult to get in.
After watching this spectacular demonstration (he learned later that it was performed by Senseis Sherry, O’Neill, Poynton, Cattle, Christall, amongst others). Jim and Frank decided this was what they wanted to learn but unfortunately Frank was too young and had to wait another year to join – but that’s another story.
So, in 1972, Jim joined the Red Triangle Karate Club. He originally joined to learn self-defence but soon became involved in the art and disciplinary aspects of Karate. After three years at the Red Triangle he passed his 1st Dan with Sensei Tomita.
Jim demonstrated a great talent for competition with natural timing and a strong, determined attitude. He was initially selected for the Red Triangle Karate Kumite Team, helping them to victory on numerous occasions. His first team title was in the North of England Championships in 1973.
Over a twenty-year period of competition Jim won many national titles, including the Shotokan Cup, the EKB Light-Heavyweight and many regional events. He was placed in countless others.
Jim developed to become a consistently reliable member of the KUGB International Squad and was part of the winning team at many European Championships, frequently turning the tide when the odds were stacked against him and his team mates. He was also a member of the Squad that famously beat the JKA Japanese Team in 1990. He retired from competition in 1993.
Jim is a KUGB Kyu and Dan Grading Examiner and a member of the Technical Committee. He is an International Referee in Kata and Kumite and an Area Manager for ESKA and WSKA. Jim is also responsible for the KUGB’s Referees and Judges Courses.
Jim is a professional instructor and travels extensively to teach around the country. He runs a successful Dojo on Merseyside with a large and loyal following.
Jim says: “I am proud to be part of the KUGB, which is a great organisation. Its sole aim is the advancement of Shotokan Karate through technical understanding and hard training.”
He derives great pleasure in seeing his students progress through the grades. Some of them have become National Champions and many of them have been selected for the KUGB National Squad, where a number have become International champions.
Jim is interested in all aspects of Karate and trains and teaches regularly at the Red Triangle Dojo. He is a KUGB 8th Dan and believes all he has achieved has been made possible by the influence, and being taught over the years, by Senseis Andy Sherry, Terry O’Neill, Bob Poynton, his brother Frank and, of course, Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda, who was always a huge inspiration to him.