In the late 90’s the sport of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) started to become a popular forum for the development of martial arts in general. MMA within the context of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is a full contact, combat sport, that combines grappling and striking, with standing and wrestling. MMA within the UFC rules allows a wide variety of martial arts and techniques, creating a unique environment that favors a more versatile competitor or martial artist. MMA players often include training in elements of Judo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Karate, Kickboxing, and Wrestling.
MMA is definitely an influencing force in the development of martial arts today due in no small part to it's use by the UFC to create a multi-billion dollar entertainment business enterprise.
However, individual Martial Arts disciplines (such as BJJ, Judo, Aikido, Karate, kick-boxing, wrestling) are practiced for a variety of reasons by the general public (not related to professional combat sports) for basic self-defense, to improve physical fitness, for personal self development, for security work, for entertainment and amateur sporting competition. Some even use the martial arts as a method to relieve day-to-day stress or/and as a path to achieving spiritual growth.
Most of us don't have an ambition to enter the ranks of professional fighters, but we might still like to be able to learn a martial art to blow off a bit of steam, to meet new people or as a challenge to enhance our personal self-development.
With a multitude of regular martial arts classes for adults and children available in Dublin you are spoilt for choice. If you are looking for a martial art that is enjoyed by men and women, is non-agressive, subtle, does not rely on strength and can be learned and practiced at any age; then it's worth taking a look at...
What makes Tomiki/Shodokan Aikido such a fascinating Martial Art to study and practice?
Read more below about the modern Japanese martial art of Shodokan/Tomiki Aikido, learn what to expect during a typical class and find out some of what our club gets up to. If you like what you see, we invite you to make contact and organise a 4-week trail under the guidance of Ireland's leading Tomiki Aikido Instructors.
Men & Women, Beginners Programme
Juniors (5 - 10 yrs), Youths (10 - 16 yrs)
A Unique Martial Art, Sport & Club
Safe, enjoyable, non-agressive
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