Sean McCarthy


Instructor: Sean McCarthy

Sean McCarthy is a qualified Martial Arts Instructor and Personal Trainer with 20 years experience in training.

Sean McCarthy is a Great Britain World Association of Kickboxing Organization Team Member and has won numerous national and international titles.




Name: Sean McCarthy

Date of Birth: 16th July 1987

Occupation: Full time Martial Arts Instructor

Time Training: Since 1994

Martial Arts Teams Past: WAKO Great Britain Team, Team SWAT, Team SAP UK and Team Spirit

Martial Arts Teams Present: WAKO Great Britain Team, Team Adidas UK and Wolfpack Squad

Current Instructors: Jacey Cashman and Guy Hamilton.

Previous Instructors: Tony Cashman (RIP 2012), Steve Foot, Chris Parkman and John Lock.

Styles Studied: Freestyle Karate, Kickboxing and Tai Chi



I started Martial Arts at the age of 7 at DFSK Club under the instruction of Steve Foot, Chris Parkman and John White.  I was one of the first junior members of DFSK, after training for a year, I was already addicted, but taking part in my first competition at 8 years old was a turning point for me. I loved every moment, the sweat, the tears and the glory. My most memorable achievement was conquering the Americans in my first International Competition by winning the 2001 US Open and at 16 years old joining and then Team SWAT who was at the time the best UK fighting team on the circuit. Specialist fighting techniques training with Tony and Jacey Cashman aided my transition from Junior to Adult competition. 

When I was 18 years old I started Kickboxkarate Martial Arts teaching others what I have learnt over the years. As time has gone on the club has developed and I have had the great honour of coaching some of my students who have now gone on to win British Championships and medal within the World / European Championships fighting alongside myself. 

In 2012 I lost my Instructor Tony Cashman who was also a very close friend. This man had a big impact on my life and I owe an awful lot to him for making me the person I am today.

I now currently fight for Team Addidas UK and look forward to both myself and my club achieving many more results in future. I have, even from 8 years old, had dreams and goals and have already realised some of them but still have so much still to do!


·         The Sports Karate Federation 3rd Dan Black Belt

·         Amateur Martial Associations WAKO member

·         Amateur Martial Associations WAKO Insured and Licence Instructor

·         Public Liability up to £5m and Professional Indemnity to 2m

·         Premier Personal Training, Personal Trainer Level 3

·         A-level in Physical Education an Sport

·         Sports Coach UK- Video and Analysis

·         Sports Coach UK- Community Sports Leaders Award

·         Lifesavers Institute Of Qualified Lifeguards Qualification

·         Fist Aid at WorkMyosis First Aid in Sport, St John's First Aid



Major Achievements (just to name a few):

  • WAKO Pro-63kg World Champion (2009)
  • Kings Battleground Team Winners
  • WAKO Bestfighter Champion Gold
  • WAKO Dutch Open Open weight Gold x 2
  • Italian Golden Glove Gold Team
  • Italian Golden Glove Gold Inividual
  • Irish Open Bronze x 2
  • Bristol Open Gold
  • Battle of Britain Challenge Gold
  • UK Open Champion Gold x 2
  • British Sports Martial Arts Premiership Grand Champion
  • Irish Open Champion Gold x 2
  • Belgium Open Champion Gold x 2
  • Representing Adult GB Team on numerous occasions
  • Irish (Cork) International Team Kickboxing Champion
  • WAKO Dutch Open Gold x 2
  • Best Fighter Italy Bronze
  • South East Classic Gold x4
  • Clash of The Titans (Team) Gold

  • Amerikicks International 

  • WAKO West Midlands Seniors Gold

  • WAKO West Midlands Cadets Gold
  • Belgium Open Champion Gold

  • Super League Grand Champion x2

  • Battle of Britain Challenge Gold

  • UK Open Champion Cadets Gold

  • UK Open Champion Seniors Gold

  • WAKO West Midlands Open Gold
  • BSMAP Boys Grand Champion

  • BSMAP Seniors Grand Champion

  • US Open World Champion Gold


Additional Achievements

  • GBMAA Student of the Year

  • Mole Valley Sports Personality Winner

  • Mole Valley Sports Personality (nominee)

  • Mole Valley Youth Showcase Award Winner Youth Professional Award

  • Superleague Hall of Fame Award
  • The Ashcombe School Sports Personality

  • Combat magazine coverage in various articles

  • Martial Arts Illustrated magazine coverage in various articles

  • Saturday Night Live at the London Palladium

Shows and TV

  • BBC Blue Peter
  • Saturday Night Live at the London Palladium
  • Thames News
  • Combat32 Fight night

 Sean’s Quotes


Every path must build a way, every step must be small, every fall must be overcome, everything must matter, only then can you say that in every way you are getting better.”


Believe in what you teach and others will believe it too.”


Why do we do our sport?

It’s not the winning or the losing, it’s not the training or the sport, and it’s not the good times or the hard times. I do feel these contribute to why us athletes do our sport but I feel the real reason why we really do it is the competition the pure exhaustion you put your body through for that one focus in our lives that one goal this is why we do it and then I ask what do we gain from this? Imagine you have trained so hard mentally and physically that you suddenly reach that moment when winning does not matter any more surely that is a gain in itself. We are athletes look upon this when times are hard when times are great this is you alike me competition is what makes us great.”


Fighting is beautiful; it is an illustration of one’s thoughts therefore sweat is a physiological result of one’s passion, belief and ethics. At first glance there is only a winner or a loser. A true fighter is not made on the mat or in the spotlight, but in the commitment of their training. Fighting is not only about the number of punches thrown or the number of punches taken. It is the inner belief of one’s self.”



  • To pass on my knowledge and experience to allow others to reach their potential.
  • To better myself in every way of my life.
  • To continue in Martial Arts to the day I die.


Athlete Composition


Determination, Self belief, Spirit, Wisdom, Attitude and Temperament




5ft 8ins

Punch & Kick Speed:

Too Fast


Hard work and determination

Hours Training per week:

9 Hours

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Role Models:

Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, Mum and anyone who has a strong passion or belief in someone or something.