is a Japanese martial art. The idea is to avoid an attack, blend with your attacker and establish control. As Aikido requires little physical strength it is suitable for people of all shapes and sizes and at the beginning no level of fitness is required. Benefits include self-discipline, increased fitness, better posture and balance, and a physical competence and confidence in movement. It is a non-competitive martial art and we practice by working together rather than trying to defeat each other. Aggression is strongly discouraged and is contrary to the ideals and philosophies of Aikido.
"Avoid confrontation, harmonise with the unavoidable and maintain grace under pressure."
A typical class starts with some simple stretching exercises followed by posture and movement work. We then usually move onto ukemi (how to fall) and some Aikido techniques. In the first few classes the emphasis will be more on the movement and ukemi than the techniques. (Don't worry we always teach you how to fall before we throw you!)
We welcome beginners at all times. If you want to try something new come along on any Tuesday or Thursday at 7pm and remember to wear loose fitting clothing - tracksuit bottoms an a t-shirt are ideal (we do a lot of kneeling down so shorts are a bit hard on the knees).
Maynooth Aikido Club now has a page on Facebook!
To visit it, click here.
At the Limerick course in September, Ciaran McCarthy and Liam Hollingsworth Fox graded, both being promoted 2nd Kyu and 6th Kyu respectively.
There will be two classes running per week: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8:30pm in the Small Sports Hall.
There is a beautiful brand new 80 mat dojo opened in Macken St in Dublin. This
is the new headquarters of the Irish Aikido Federation with classes running everyday
except Sundays. All details can be found here:
Macken street training times
A warm welcome is extended to any beginners who wish to join.