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Professor George Canning Snr

George Canning Snr is a renowned martial artist. Some refer to him as the "Godfather". George spent most of his life practicing martial arts. In the blink of an eye, this man can still drop into the full box splits at 80 years, which is something students a quarter of his age struggle to do at times. George is the brains behind Mugendo and its development. He took different aspects of other martial art forms and combined them to develop Mugendo


His passion for martial arts developed while serving in the Royal Engineers from 1959 - 1965. It started with boxing and led onto unarmed combat techniques, Judo and Ju-Jitsu. After leaving the army, George wanted to become more involved with martial arts so began training in Wado Ryu Karate in 1968 under the teachings of Peter Suzaki. George received his 1st Dan in July 1973. While learning from Peter Suzaki, George began establishing and growing Wado Ryu in Ireland and later on became the President of the Irish Karate Federation.


By 1980 George had attained the level of 5th Dan and was begining the development of Mugendo.

In the early eigthies George was conferred with the title of Professor in Croatia. Professor George Canning is also highly involved in Bio- Energy Healing. A technic he learned while out in Yugoslavia. George currently is active martial arts and retired from healing. He takes both sides of his life very seriously.




Grading Authority

Technical Positiions Held Organisation


1st Dan


  All Japan Karate Do Federation

  British Karate Control Board

  Referee / Judge

2nd Dan


  All Japan Karate Do Federation

  European Karate Union

  Referee / Judge

3rd Dan 


  Amateur Karate Association

  UK Karate Federation

  Referee / Judge

4th Dan 


  Irish Karate Do Technical Committee

  World All Styles Karate Federation

  Referee / Judge

5th Dan 


  Irish Karate Do Technical Committee

  Irish Karate Do Federation

  Chief Referee / Judge

6th Dan 


  Mugendo International

  Mugendo Intrnational

World Mugendo Organisation

  Chief Referee / Judge

7th Dan 


  Mugendo International

  University Of Mugendo

  Chief Referee / Judge

8th Dan 


  Mugendo International

  All Ireland Karate Do

  Wado Kai

9th Dan 


  England Karate Do

  Wado Kai

10th Dan 


  W.U.K.O Referee Course


Chief Referee

 Honorary Member Organisation


Founder of the following organisations

 Kempo Int

Ed Parker

Irish Karate Do Federation

Hagishi Karate Do

Peter Spanton

Irish Karate Control Board ( Head of Technical Committee )

Taekwon Do Association of Great Britain

Dave Oliver

Mugendo International

England Karate Do Wado Kia

Wally Seaton

World Mugendo Intrnational

Iwinish Ryu

Ticky Donovan

University of Mugendo

Bristish Association Ren Shin Kia

Joe Johal

All Ireland karate Do Wado Kia

Wing Chun School of Kung Fu

Wally Dillon

New Zealand Chi Kuen Jow Association Kung Fu