Grandmaster John Byrne began his training at the age of six in his hometown of Philadelphia and earned his first black belt at age 15. He, and his identical twin brother, Grandmaster Edward Byrne, 10th degree black belt, practiced the martial arts together. Grandmaster Byrne and his brother were inseparable and earned numerous World Records in board breaking competitions across the country.
After a stint in the United States Air Force, Grandmaster John Byrne began teaching martial arts at the Miller Park YMCA in 1968. His curriculum vitae includes articles and brochures on the art of self-defense and property protection. Many of the publications were printed in various martial arts magazines.
Grandmasters John Byrne and Edward Byrne founded ASKJ and incorporated numerous martial arts into one inclusive art known as the 5 Circle System. When Grandmaster Edward Byrne died in 1989, Grandmaster John Byrne continued their goal to operate the best martial arts school in the Midwest.
Grandmaster John Byrne, who is a 9th degree black belt, holds degrees in seven different martial arts. He has achieved grand champion status in Karate, Taekwondo, and Judo. Over the years he has earned many awards, including "Grandmaster of the Year", "Grandmaster Instructor of the Year", and "Lifetime Achievement Award". However, Grandmaster Byrne is proudest that ASKJ has been recognized as "School of the Year" on numerous occasions.
Grandmaster's Motto: Each individual has his or her own unique fingerprint. Each student must learn to use his or her particular physical, mental, and emotional qualities. Only in this way can students better serve others as well as themselves.