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Mags Heffernan: 7th Degree Black Belt, Senior Master Instructor, World Champion, Owner. Qualified SNA and Teachers Assistant, certified in counselling and social Studies, Child Protection Certified.

Mags began her training in 1982 studying at Black Dragon Karate under Grand Master Thomas E Foley. She successfully achieved her 1st Degree Black Belt in 1993 and has continued to expand her martial arts knowledge by studying a variety of styles. After taking over as chief instructor of Black Dragon karate in Kilkenny, Mags developed the club into a more varied freestyle sport karate. After developing a business partnership with her most senior student and Instructor Gary O’Farrell, they both have brought the club to new heights to evolve into one of the most successful World Class Martial Arts schools in the world. She received her Master 7th Degree black Belt grade in 2017. She is also a Director of Black Dragon Association, National ambassador to World Black Belt Bureau, Hyper Pro Training Instructor and qualified judge and referee for the World Kickboxing and Karate Association


Gary O’ Farrell: 4th Degree Black Belt, Senior Instructor. NCEHF Qualified Instructor, Occupational First Aid, Fitter by trade.

Gary began his Martial Arts training in 1997 and achieved his 1st Degree Black Belt in 2003 and his 4th Degree in 2014. He has represented Ireland at multiple World Championships since 2002 to present and has accumulated many awards. Gary joined forces with Mags to develop the club further. He is a National Team Coach for Forms and Weapons and is a qualified judge and referee for World Kickboxing and Karate Association and is a Hyper Pro Training Instructor. 





Tommy Quinn: 5th Degree Black Belt – Senior Instructor.

Tommy has a wealth of experience in karate and kickboxing over the past decades. He is a qualified referee.







Mark Turner: 2nd Degree Black Belt – Instructor/ World Championship medallist.

Mark is proof that it's never too late to achieve your goals. Having trained in various karate styles (Shotokan, Sankukai, Wado Ryu) on and off over the previous thirty years, Mark joined EMAA as a beginner in 2011 and achieved his 1st Degree Black Belt in 2016. Inducted into the MMA Black Belt Hall of Fame in 2017, Mark has won medals for points fighting on behalf of the club and Ireland, and has qualified to represent Ireland in points fighting and kickboxing at World Championships in 2016 and 2017.

Joanne Coady: 3rd Degree Black Belt – Instructor and World Ranked Black Belt Hall of Fame Recipient