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Rising Dawn 2023

aikido seminar rising dawn 2023Aikido Seminar Antrim

This is a BAA (British Aikido Association) scheduled seminar for practitioners of Shodokan/Tomiki Aikido. However, it is open to practitioners from other Aikido Styles and Associations who would like to experience something a little different and meet Aikido practitioners in the Shodokan/Tomiki Aikido community from the UK and the island of Ireland, North and South.

Dates & Times

Saturday 15th April: 09:00 - 16:00hrs  

09:00 - 09:15           Registration
09:15 - 09:30 --------- Warm-up -------------
09:30 - 10:30 : Koryu-Dai-Go G.Baxter 
10:30 - 11:30 : Koryu-Dai-San (Weapons) P.Bonnet 
11:30 - 12:30 : Self Defence Principles & Applications A.MacQuarrie
12:30 - 13:00   ---------Lunch Break --------
13:00 - 14:00 : Freeplay Development G.Baxter
14:00 - 15:00 : Embu & Skills Development K.McClean
15:00 - 16:00 : Goshin-Ho P.Bonnet

18:45- late    Dinner / Social Get Together in Jakes Cocktail Bar & Grill, Antrim, just opposite the Holiday Inn Express on Junction One.

Sunday   16th April: 09:00 - 16:00hrs

09:00 - 09:15           Registration
09:15 - 09:30 --------- Warm-up -------------
09:30 - 10:30 : Koryu-Dai-Go G.Baxter.
10:30 - 11:30 : Jo Kata  P.Bonnet
11:30 - 12:30 : Self Defence Principles & Applications A.MacQuarrie
12:30 - 13:00   ---------Lunch Break --------
13:00 - 14:00 : Freeplay Development G.Baxter
14:00 - 15:00 : Randori Principles & Practice K.McClean
15:00 - 16:00 : Goshin-Ho P.Bonnet 


Antrim Forum Leisure Centre
Lough Road, BT41 4DQ, Antrim. (Click on Map)

Antrim Forum Leisure Centre

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Booking Details

Cost is £25 per day, or £40 if attending both days. Please book by transferring payment to Alan Morton putting your name in payment details

Account details: Alan Morton
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Contact:  Alan Morton +447838112377  or  alan.morton@psi-cro.com

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Instructor Line up


Paul Bonett  6th Dan (BAA/SAF)

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Paul sensei started martial arts in 1973 in Shotokan Karate. He was awarded shodan in 1977 under Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda and progressed to 4th dan in 1987. He started studying Aikido in 1980, under Brian Elgood and Gordon Murray and from 1991 focussed exclusively on Aikido progressing through the ranks to achieve 6th dan by examination under Tetsuro Nariyama Shihan in 2017.

  • Chief Instructor, Brighton/Sussex Aikido Club
  • BAA (British Aikido Association) Senior Grading Examiner
  • SAF (Shodokan Aikido Federation) Senior Grading Examiner
  • National and International Coach
  • Manager Shodokan UK International Squad 2001-2005
  • Kata coach BAA 2015 Gold Coast Squad SAF World Championships
  • National and International sport aikido Judge and Referee
  • Awarded 6th Dan under examination by Tetsuro Nariyama Shihan 9th Dan in 2017


Garrett Baxter  5th Dan (BAA)

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Garrett sensei started Aikido in 1985 training with Chandra Kaur and Bob Jones in Bradford and Leeds. Garreth took over from Chandra Kaur as the principle coach of Bradford Tomiki Aikido club in 1997.  Garrett has won UK National titles both in kata and team randori and has lead the Bradford junior sport Aikido team to fifteen national and regional titles over the years.

A veteran of the BAA National Squad, Garrett competed as a squad member in Osaka (2001), Leeds (2003), Katsuura (2005) and captained the BAA National team in Kyoto (2009). Garrett served as a referee at the World championships in London (2011), Kawasaki (2013), London (2017) and San Diego (2019).

Garrett remains a proud member of Leeds Central Aikido and Bradford Aikido clubs. Garrett likes nothing more than seeing junior aikido players move through the ranks to national squad level.


Alan MacQuarrie  5th Dan (SAF)

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Alan MacQuarrie started his Aikido training in 1974 and later studied the Shodokan system under the technical tutelage of the late Phil Newcome sensei and Jonathon Cameron UK shidōin. Alan’s 3rd Dan was examined by Phil Newcome sensei and his 4th and 5th Dan by Tetsuro Nariyama shihan.

For many years Alan was the chairman of the Northern Ireland Aikido Association and chief instructor at Belfast Shodokan Aikido.  Alan has well over thirty years of professional involvement in personal safety and self-protection.

stay safeAlan has authored two books on personal safety: Talk fight or run personal safety Stay Safe: Taking Control of Your Own Personal Safety in a Violent World, and the audiobook: Talk, Fight or Run.

Keeping people safe and teaching Shodokan Aikido has been a life long endeavour for Alan.   



Keith McClean  5th Dan (BAA)

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Keith sensei has been an active student of Aikido since 1996, he joined Tallaght Tomiki Aikido Ryu under the instruction of Karl Higgins sensei. Keith established a highly successful national Junior and Youth Development Programme in 2010. 5th Dan awarded after examination at BAA Summer School July 2022 (examined by B.Jones 8th Dan, R.Hartshorne 5th Dan, G.Baxter 5th Dan, P.Holding 4thDan, F.Burgess 4th Dan).

Founder of Dublin Tomiki Aikido, Keith Sensei is the Head Coach and the driving force behind the very successful Irish National Teams.  Keith is also player-manager of the Irish National Senior Team and a veteran of the BAA national team competing at 4th ETAN Championships (Antwerp, 2014), World Championships 2015 (Gold Coast, Australia), WSAF World Championships 2017, (London), 6th ETAN Open Championships, (Netherlands, 2018), WSAF World Championships 2019, (San Diego, California) and most recently the European Championships, (London 2022). Keith started competing in 2014 and continues to represent Dublin Tomiki Aikido and Team Eire at National, European and World Championships.

Achievements competing include:

WSAF European Championships 2022
· Ninin Dori Gold
· Jyu Embu/ Open Kata Silver
· Tanto Junanahon Bronze
· Men’s Team Tanto Randori Silver

BAA Nationals March 2022
· Jyu Embu/ Open Kata Gold
· Tanto Junanahon Silver

WSAF World Championships 2019
· Tanto Junanahon Silver
· Men’s Team Tanto Randori Bronze

Coaching achievements include

Keith is the Senior Coach at Dublin Tomiki Aikido and of the Irish National Teams

  • BAA National Senior Team Trophy 2022
  • BAA Junior/ Youth Team Trophy 2019
  • BAA Cadet Team Trophy 2017
  • Head Coach to Team Eire – European Championships 2014/ 2018/ 2022
  • Head Coach to Team Eire – WSAF World Championships 2017
  • Coached Pamela Dempsey to Women’s National Individual Randori champion 2016 and 2022.
  • Coached Eoghan Conroy to Men’s Individual Tanto Randori Bronze at BAA Nationals 2019.
  • Coached Male and female Cadets to win consecutive Individual Tanto Randori Gold and Silver at National and European Level.
  • Coached Youth and Cadet Members to Win National, European and World Gold in Kihon Junanahon
  • Keith Sensei has brought seven students to Dan grade, each Dan grade a National, European or World Champion, some are all 3! 


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