Every Monday from Mon 15 Jan 2024 - Mon 25 Mar 2024
19:45 - 21:00
Please Note:
No external footwear allowed in studio. Shoe covers can be provided at reception if requested.

Drop in rate of €10 per class. Discounts apply when classes are purchased in bulk.
Open to all
Michael O'Donovan

The Dublin Aikikai Aikido is committed to developing the wonderful art of Aikido in Ireland, and the door is always open to anyone who wishes to learn.

The style we practice is Aikikai which is the organization originated by the founder of Aikido (O-Sensei) and is currently headed by O-Sensei's grandson in Tokyo. We try to remain faithful to the roots of Aikido.

Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art developed in the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei). It is based on the techniques of traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu and swordsmanship.

Aikido has a philosophy of non-violence and of uniting with the attack to execute the techniques. In all cases the techniques stretch the joints and open up the body. Because of this it has great health benefits. It is also a good aerobic work-out. In Aikido, learning to receive the techniques safely is important at the beginning. Once this is mastered, the intensity of practice can increase. The art of receiving safely is called ukemi. Techniques are done standing (tachi-waza) and sometimes on the knees (suwari-waza). Techniques on the knees were developed because much time was spent in this position (seiza) in traditional Japan. Work with wooden weapons is also part of Aikido training. The weapons used are the sword (bokken) the staff (jo) and the knife (tanto).

Classes can be started at any time, and while discipline and effort is required we also encourage an open and enjoyable atmosphere in the classes.


The head instructor Michael O'Donovan has over 30 years of experience practising Aikido and currently holds the rank of 5th Dan. Michael in conjunction with senior assistant instructors in the club teaches the classes at DanceHouse.

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