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Youth Aikido

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The martial art of Aikido is a particularly good activity for pre-teens and teenagers whether they are into sport or not. Regular training will help develop life skills such as awareness, physical coordination, balance, focus, confidence and co-operation within a calm, safe and controlled environment.

Our Training Hall

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All our training sessions and martial arts classes are held in the Belgard Youth & Community Centre (opposite the Luas Belgard stop).  Please call to make an appointmentfor your first visit. We recommend that you arrive for your first class at least 15 minutes early so you can meet the Instructor and get registered.   

Class Schedule Youth Class (10 - 16 yrs)


6:00 - 7:00 pm


6:00 - 7:00 pm


A key difference of Aikido to other martial arts is that it is mostly defensive. Your young person can learn how to be more aware, effective and safe in potentially hostile situations without having to resort to excessive violence as a reaction.

Young people mimic what they learn. If you your child only knows how to strike, he or she will want to punch and kick. If you teach your child how to be more aware, relaxed and confident in a difficult encounter, fear and animosity become less automatic in the moment. Clear thinking and instinctive, precise action can replace violence as a response. This is the kind of martial art training on the Aikido mat that becomes a useful tool for dealing with life’s problems that your child will face as they grow up.

Much of Aikido martial art training takes place with a partner. This helps the young person interact with others and build social skills; a valuable skill for life. Aikido classes are taught in a safe environment with well thought out training methods. The classes are comprised of warm-up exercises, basic movements that make up the building blocks of Aikido skills, more advanced techniques, and some playful exercises/games meant to enhance the skills already beginning to develop.

Irish Martials Arts Commission logoAs a registered IMAC (Irish Martial Arts Commission) member, we take compliance with Child Protection guidelines seriously. All senior Instructors in the children's classes have completed training in Child Protection in Sport, Basic First Aid, are Garda vetted and registered with IMAC. There is usually two senior instructors present for each children's class and often three or more. 

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Youth Aikido Class - with Pam Dempsey sensei 

What is the cost of Children's Sport Aikido / Martial Art classes at DTA?

€50 per month  

Your child's first month can be paid for in cash.  After that, fees are charged automatically by credit/debit. Classes are one hour in length, held twice per week and represent very good value (approx €6 per class).  Regular attendance twice per week is necessary to allow students to absorb, maintain and develop the skills of Aikido. 

** New students are not accepted if they cannot attend two classes per week

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NOTE: Guardians/Parents are required to complete a registration form before their child will be allowed onto the mat

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Monthly Subs Payment 

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It's important to take into account that our club is run exclusively by volunteers during their personal time on a not-for-profit basis. Your child's subs go towards the expenses of running the club; i.e. hall rental, instructor insurance, IMAC compliance and equipment rental/maintenance (mats). Your child's first months subs can be paid in cash, thereafter monthly subs must be paid via our membership managment system, SUBSNINJA.COM.

Before your child's first month or training has come to an end and you have told us you want to continue you will receive an email from us via SUBSNINJA.COM inviting you to enter credit/debit card details for monthly billing. Note: you can login to your members account at any time to view, update personal details, update card details or cancel your account if needed.

We really appreciate your consideration in this matter as it helps greatly to reduce admin overhead and keep the club running smoothly.

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Insurance & Membership of the BAA (British Aikido Association)

For the first month, your young person will be covered by the club's general insurance. However, individual membership of the British Aikido Association is required for insurance cover thereafter. (£25 per annum paid directly to the BAA). You can pay the BAA directly by Bank Transfer (BACS) to:-

IBAN: GB88HBUK40370411459422

or you can give the equivalent in Euro to one of our senior instructors and they will organise your child's BAA membership payment on your behalf.

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