Shihan Alan Cleary began his Kyokushin training in 1978 at Center 21, and then at the Westcroft Dojo. His trainer was Shihan Grant Kinnaird, a renowned hard task master. During his years of training Shihan Alan has been taught by such luminaries as Hanshi Arneil, Shihan's Brian Fitkin, Howard Collins, Joe Claranino and Cyril Andrews to name but a few. Between the years 1978-1998 Shihan Alan entered over 80 Kyokushin, Taekwondo, Kick Boxing, and Karate All-Styles competitions with varied success, culminating in representing England for the IKO during the 1990's. At the start of the Millennium, along with Sensei Tom Smith, Shihan Alan started their own Dojo. They now have 3 full and successful Dojos.
Shihan Alan is the Chief Instructor and a founder member of the IKKU.