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Dublin Aikido Senior Coaching Team

Keith McClean, godan (段) 


keith mcclean sensei98fm dublin sportsperson of the year Tallaght Person of the year awards 2022 Nomination Keith McClean

Chief Instructor of Dublin Tomiki Aikido, Keith sensei has been an active student of Aikido since 1994. A leading figure in the development of Tomiki Aikido in Ireland, Keith sensei is the driving force behind the very successful national youth team development programme.

  • Godan awarded July 2022 after BAA national examination Leeds UK by B.Jones 7th Dan, R.Hartshorne 5th Dan, G.Baxter 5th Dan, P.Holding 4thDan, F.Burgess 4th Dan.
  • Yondan awarded in 2016 after examination by B.Jones 7th Dan (BAA), P.Wildish 6th Dan (BAA), V.Fairchild 5th Dan (SAF/BAA).
  • Chief Instructor and Founder, Dublin Tomiki Aikido.
  • Founding member, Sport Aikido Ireland (SAI)
  • Founding member, All Ireland Tomiki Aikido Federation 
  • Head coach, Junior & Senior Irish National Teams
  • IMAC Registered and Vetted Coach  
  • First Irish Senior player to medal at a World Championships
    (WSAF 2019: Silver - Embu: Randori-no-kata, Bronze - Team Randori) read more
  • Control & Restraint Instructor for Prison Officers
  • Instructor, Aikido based self-defence classes for women
  • Math Teacher & Guidance Counsellor (Secondary Level) 
  • Irish National Team Coach and Player, 4th ETAN Championships, Antwerp, 2014
  • BAA Team: World Championships 2015 , Gold Coast, Australia
  • BAA Team: WSAF World Championships 2017, London
  • Head Coach: Irish National Team, WSAF World Championships 2017, London
  • BAA Team: 6th ETAN Open Championships, Netherlands, 2018 read more
  • Voted 98FM Dublin Sports Person of the Year (2019) read more
  • BAA Team: WSAF World Championships 2019, San Diego, California.  read more
  • Irish National Team Head Coach and Player, European Championships, London 2022
  • Nominated for Tallaght Person of the Year 2022 Philip Preston Sport Award for individuals, managers, players that actively encourage participation in sports, achieve awards in their field and add positively to the profile of Tallaght through sports. view

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Pamela Dempsey, sandan (段) 


Sensei Pamela DempseyUK National Randori Champion (2022, 2016), Pam sensei is the highest ranking female Tomiki Aikido player in Ireland and one of our leading coaches.

  • Sandan awarded in 2022 after examination by P.Bonnet 6th Dan (BAA/SAF), G.Baxter 5th Dan, B.Gunne 4th Dan, K.McClean 4th Dan, N.Smalle 3rd Dan at Rising Dawn Spring School Dublin.
  • Nidan awarded in 2017 after examination by B.Jones 7th Dan (BAA), G.Baxter 5th Dan (BAA) and D.Ramsden 4th Dan (BAA). Observed by P.Holding 4th Dan (BAA). BAA Summer School, Leeds, UK.
  • First female player to represent Ireland in International Sports Aikido competition.
  • First Irish Senior player to medal at a World Championships (WSAF 2019: Silver Medal - Embu: Randori-no-kata) read more
  • IMAC Registered & Vetted Coach
  • Irish National Team: 4th ETAN Open Championships, Antwerp, 2014
  • BAA Team: 2015 World Championships, Australia.
  • BAA Team: 2017 WSAF World Championships, London
  • Irish National Youth Team Coach: 2017 WSAF World Championships, London
  • BAA Team: 6th ETAN Open Championships 2018, Netherlands read more
  • BAA Team: WSAF World Championships 2019, San Diego, California.  read more
  • Irish National Team Coach and Player, European Championships, London 2022

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Jer Ryan, nidan (弐段) 


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Jer, a parent of three of our younger members is our Children’s Officer and Designated Liason Person. Jer ensures that our younger member's concerns, welfare, and enjoyment are utmost in our consideration at all times. 

  • Nidan awarded 2019, BAA Summer School, Leeds. Examined by B.Jones 7th Dan, M.Aldridge 5th Dan, R.Hartshorne 5th Dan, G.Baxter 5th Dan. 
  • Shodan awarded 2017, BAA Summer School, Leeds. Examined by B.Jones 7th Dan, G.Baxter 5th Dan, D.Ramsden 4th Dan. Observed by P.Holding 4th Dan.
  • IMAC Registered & Vetted Coach, Children's Officer & DLP
  • Irish National Team: 4th ETAN Open Championships, Antwerp, 2014 
  • Irish National Team: WSAF World Championships 2017, London 
  • BAA Team: 6th ETAN Open Championships, Netherlands, 2018 read more
  • Irish National Team: European Championships, London 2022

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