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, Taekwondo, 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, Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Karate, boxing, kick-boxing, Krav maga, grappling, Taekwondo, Sambo, Savate, Kung-fu or 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 martial arts classes 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 defensive skill, martial art or combat sport 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 class that is enjoyed by men and women, is less-agressive, more 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 sign-up for a 4-week trial. After 4 weeks (2 classes per week) you should have gained a some insight into what the club is like, travel routes to the club, interacted with a few of our members and got a line on whether Aikido is something that you want to do for the long-term.
The most important thing, is that when you come for a visit, you get on to the mats and sign-up for a 4 week trial. It is difficult to gain any understanding of Aikido and a Club's dynamic from a casual visit or even a single class.
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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