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Rising Dawn 2022

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Rising Dawn 2023





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This is a BAA (British Aikido Association) scheduled seminar and official grading event for practitioners of Tomiki Aikido in Ireland, NI and the UK. However, it is open to practitioners from other Aikido Styles who would like to experience something a little different and meet others in the wider Aikido community. 

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Dates & Times

Saturday 23rd April: 10:00 - 15:30hrs  

09:00 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 09:45 Welcome & Introductions
09:45 - 10:00 Warm Up
10:00 - 11:30 Garrett Baxter - Creative Free Play
11:30 - 13:00 Natuley Smalle - Randori Development
13:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Paul Bonett - 4th Dan Goshin Ho Syllabus
15:00 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 17:30 Kyu/ Dan Grading

Sunday   24th April: 10:00 - 16:00hrs

09:30 - 09:45 Registration
09:45 - 10:00 Warm Up
10:00 - 12:00 Paul Bonett - 5th Dan Goshin Ho Syllabus
12:00 - 13:30 Natuley Smalle - Randori Development
13:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:45 Garrett Baxter - Open Kata & links to Randori
15:45 - 16:00 Cool Down & Finish.



Belgard Heights Youth & Community Centre, Old Belgard Road, Dublin 24YK38

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* FREE parking at the venue
There is a LIDL and an ALDI store a few metres from the venue where you can stock up on liquids and healthy snacks

 Local hotel options for those travelling long distance: (in order of increasing distance from venue) 
Glashaus,  TallaghtCross,  Maldron
 Plaza,  Red-Cow 
(unfortunatley now all booked out due to Ed Sheeran concert)

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BAA Official Grading

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There will be an official BAA grade examination on Saturday starting at 16:00hrs.
BAA grading fee: €20.  

All candidates presenting for grading must

  • have up-to-date BAA membership
  • present their BAB/BAA grading/licence book
  • have completed the minimum training time requirement as set out in the BAA syllabus for their next grade.
  • provide notice in advance to Keith McClean of their intent to grade
    (Name, Club, Instructor, Current grade and BAA membership number)

NOTE: All grading candidates are advised to organise their own uke(s) for kata demonstration.

QUERIES? contact Keith:-  keith@tomikiaikido.ie  or  +353857296643


Key Note Instructors

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

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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.


Natuley Smalle  3rd Dan

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We are really fortunate to have World and European Champion and the current BAA National Squad Manager Natuley Smalle coming to Dublin to give us insight and advice about competition at the highest level.

  • World Champion (2013, 2015, 2019), European Champion (2012, 2014), National Champion (2007)
  • Trained in Japan under Sato sensei
  • Qualified Instructor at Scothall Aikido Club since 2002
  • Accredited Senior Coach Scothall Aikido Club
  • Accredited Competition Referee
  • 25+ years Aikido experience
  • 15+ years of coaching experience

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