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Martial Arts Classes Dublin

When you think about the Martial Arts, names like Bruce Lee (kung fu, gung-fu, Jeet kun do), Jackie Chan (kung fu), Jet Li (kung fu), Chuck Norris (Karate), Van Damme (Karate, Kick-boxing), Steven Segal (Aikido) and more recently Helio Gracie (Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, BJJ) and Connor McGregor (MMA) might come to mind.

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Bruce Lee was without doubt one of the most influential martial artists of all time by virtue of his film career along with other notables such as Chuck Norris, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Van Damme and dare I say it, Steven Segal. However, in modern times Helio Gracie and Connor McGregor have influenced martial arts by virtue of their combat sports achievements in the UFC 

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

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. 

Martial Arts & the General Public

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.  

Martial Arts Classes in Dublin

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...

The Martial Art of Shodokan Aikido

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What makes Tomiki/Shodokan Aikido such a fascinating Martial Art to study and practice?

  • It is technically challenging
  • It is mentally engaging
  • It is physically demanding
  • It is visually compelling
  • It is tactically subtle and
  • physiologically complex
  • It is totally absorbing,
  • immensely enjoyable and
  • personally fulfilling

“It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first”
Miyamoto Musashi


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.

You may be nervous comtemplating your first visit, but be assured BEGINNERS ARE MOST WELCOME  at DTA. You will be made to feel at home and treated with respect by all our members. We were all beginners at the start of our journey and as there are nearly always some beginners on the mat, you will not be alone.  (you can also consider taking a friend along for support)

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Adult Martial Arts Classes

Men & Women, Beginners Programme

Children Martial Arts Classes *

Juniors (5 - 10 yrs), Youths (10 - 16 yrs)

What makes DTA Martial Art Club so Different? *

A Unique Martial Art, Sport & Club

Martial Arts Classes for Women and Girls *

Safe, enjoyable, non-agressive

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