Grandmaster damian kierans 8th dan
My name is Damian Kierans and I am the Chief Instructor and Founder of the Universal Combat Arts Academy.
I have been training in the martial arts continuously for well over twenty years. I have trained in and been certified in various styles of Karate, Jujitsu, Judo, Kickboxing, Tai Chi and a number of different Self-Defence/Personal Protection systems. I enjoyed training in each one of them (and continue to train in some of them to this day), but I always felt that there was something missing, that there was a deeper level to my training. Early in my journey I was lucky to come across a man named Grandmaster George Dillman and the real secrets of the martial arts started to become clear to me.
Master Kierans receiving my 7th Dan Black Belt in Ryukyu Kempo/Kyusho-Jitsu from Professor George Dillman 10th Dan at the Muhammad Ali training camp in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania.
Grandmaster Paul Bowman 9th Dan
When I first heard of Grandmaster Dillman all those years ago I started to buy all of his books and videos in order to learn as much about Kyusho-Jitsu as possible. With Pennsylvania being a long way from Monaghan, I would travel to the UK to attend Master Leon Jay's seminars, as Master Jay was teaching Dillman's method of pressure point fighting along side his own Small Circle Jujitsu. It was while attending one of these seminars that I met my instructor and mentor Grandmaster Paul Bowman.
Grandmaster Bowman was teaching Kyusho-Jitsu, the Dillman method of pressure point fighting, at one of these seminar. The techniques he was teaching just left everyone at the seminar speechless. The amount of pain Grandmaster Bowman can inflict on someone with virtually no effort has to be felt to be believed and his pressure point knockouts are just amazing. Grandmaster Bowman is the official DKI (Dillman Karate International) representative for the UK and is one of the world's highest ranking Kyusho-Jitsu instructors. For more information on
Grandmaster Bowman and his Zendoryu Martial Arts Association please click HERE!
After that seminar I knew that Grandmaster Bowman had the martial arts knowledge that I had been searching for. From that moment on I started to travel over to London to train privately with Grandmaster Bowman every month and I have been training with him ever since. Years later and I am one of Grandmaster Bowman's Senior Instructors. I have travelled with him almost every year to train in Pennsylvania with Professor Dillman and I have had the great honour to teach at his seminars in the UK, around Europe and at the DKI camps in the USA. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Grandmaster Bowman for everything he has taught me and that, if it were not for him, I would not be where I am today. He is truly a great instructor mentor and friend.
The following is a list of GM Kierans' current martial arts related grades & qualifications:
8th Dan Ryukyu Kempo
8th Dan Kyusho Jitsu (Dim Mak)
Level 7 Instructor, Chen Style Tai Chi
6th Dan Shotokan Karate
5th Dan Kickboxing
2nd Dan Kiai Jitsu
1st Dan Iaido
> Self Defence Instructor - certified by Geoff Thompson and the BCA.
> BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Self Defence Instruction
> BTEC Level 3 Advanced Restraint & Breakaway Instructor
> BTEC Level 3 Physical Intervention Trainer for the Security Industry
> BTEC Level 3 Conflict Management Trainer
> BTEC Level 3 Handcuff Trainer
> Senior KEWAP Instructor - certified by Steven Timperley
> Reality-Based Personal Protection Instructor - certified by Jim Wagner.
> Certified in the use of firearms by the American Small Arms Academy
> MAIUK Course Trainer - certified by the Cobra Martial Arts Association
> Chen Style Tai Chi & Qigong Level 5 Instructor
Grandmaster Kierans is regularly featured in Ireland's leading martial arts magazine and was on the cover of the June 2015 edition.
Master Kierans' demonstrating a flying side kick in the Lake Gardens, Malaysia
Master Kierans' training in Xiangtan, China
Some of GM Kierans' Health & Fitness related qualifications
> MMA Strength & Conditioning Coach - certified by JC Santana's Institute of Human Performance
> Health and Fitness Instructor - certified by the NCEF, University of Limerick
> Personal Trainer - certified by the NCEF, University of Limerick
> Health Related Activity For Children Specialist - certified by the NCEF, University of Limerick
> UKSCA level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach
> Specialist in Fitness Nutrition - certified by International Sports Sciences Association
> CrossFit level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
> Fetac Level 6 Train the Trainer
> Occupational First Aid - Irish Red Cross
> Child Protection in Sport Awareness - The Irish Sports Council
During my time in the martial arts I have been very lucky to have travelled the world to train under some of the best martial artists in the world. In order for me to pass this knowledge on to others I formed the Universal Combat Arts Academy - a place where you can learn real martial arts that will not only keep you fit and healthy but will also give you the ability to defend yourself, family or friends, should the need ever arise.
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