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Sligo Aikido Dojo host private class for Sensei Neal Dunnigan from Oklahoma

Sligo Aikido Dojo is on a couple of week summer break but on Saturday 12th August 2017 we were delighted to organise a small private class for visitor Neal Dunnigan Sensei, Head Instructor at Wheatbelt Aikido, Oklahoma (http://www.wheatbeltaikido.com/). Thanks to Declan Bray IT Sligo Aikido Club for giving us the space to train. Thanks to David Kerins, Cat Dobson and Dermot Gilmartin for the great help on the day.
We presented Neal with a new number plate for the car back home and Neal presented myself with one of the Martial Arts books he authored and some jewellery his son had made for the class participants.
Neal. enjoy the rest of your trip in Ireland, see you next time ;-)

Ikeda Dojo Dublin have class with visting Aikidoka from Switzerland

In early July Ikeda Dojo Dublin and it's instructors Norbert Toth and Anthony Brennan hosted visiting Aikidoka from the Swiss Aikido Group Aikido Sursee (www.aikido-sursee.ch) namely Markus Steinmann, Manuela Steinmann, Robin Gubler and Rebecca Marbach. Class was directed by Norbert Toth Sensei and was thoroughly enjoyed by the group. Well done to all and see you guys on the tatami in the future.

Eamon Coyne Sensei visits Greg O'Connor Sensei
in his dojo in East Hanover, New Jersey July 2017

On a recent trip to the United States Sligo Aikido Dojo instructor Eamon Coyne Sensei had the good fortune to visit Greg O'Connor Sensei founder and Chief Instructor of the Aikido Centers dojos (www.aikidocenters.com)at the HQ dojo in East Hanover. Eamon was met by Ed O'Connor (staff instructor at Aikido Centers) and brought to the beautiful dojo in East Hanover.

It was great to train with Greg in his dojo and strengthen the friendship even further having met Greg in Japan at the IAF congress last September and having Greg come and teach at the Aikikai Ireland summer camp accompanied by Ed, Ed was also at the previous summer camp in 2016. In the past Michele Sensei and Joe Sensei have taught at the East Hanover Dojo at the International Friendship seminar in 2015. Sincere thanks for the warm welcome and here's to more good times in the future ;-)

Teens and Juniors success at Sligo Aikido Dojo

Well done to the kids from both the juniors and teen classes below that passed their tests and progressed to the next stage in their Aikido practice. You done yourselves and dojo proud. Keep up the great work.

Kids grading success at Ikeda Dojo Wicklow

Well done to the kids at Ikeda Dojo Wicklow on the recent promotions, you all done fantasic. Pictured are the children with their teachers Joe McHugh and Lizzy McHugh ;-).

Grading success at one day course with McHugh and Pigott Sensei

At the recent one day course and kyu exams given by Joe McHugh Sensei and Trevor Pigott Sensei in Ikeda Dojo Wicklow on Saturday 24th of June the following students were successful in testing

6th Kyu: 六級
Tony Dunphy (Ikeda Dojo Wicklow)
Gavin Earls (Ikeda Dojo Wicklow)
Sergy Baranov (Ikeda Dojo Wicklow)

5th Kyu: 五級
Ryszard Matwiejczuk (Ikeda Dojo Wicklow)
Shane McHugh (Athboy Aikido Dojo)

4th Kyu: 四級
Albert Gore (Athboy Aikido Dojo)

Well done to all on the day, you done yourselves and dojos and Aikikai Ireland proud. Click the link below for course pics.

[Pics from the day...]

Pictures from yet another brilliant Summer camp with Michele Quaranta
Shihan in the Bluestack

What a fantastic summer camp with Michele Quaranta Shihan in the Bluestack Centre. We had also the privilege of a class with Greg O'Connor Sensei 6th Dan at thc course. We also had Greg's student Ed O'Connor visit us from New Jersey, we had Christophe Flocke Sensei 6th Dan in attendance and his lovely wife Francois from Switzerland. We again had the pleasure of having Valarie McGettigan and Brian Keaney from Boston. Last but by no means least we had George Hemmings Sensei 5th Dan from Cambridge. It had a truly international flavour to it in addition to all of the students from Aikikai Ireland.

Thanks again for a truly memorable summer camp. Thanks to Carlene Gildea for capturing the moments so well as always in the snaps, follow the link below to see them.

[Course pics...]

Thoroughly enjoyable exchange class bewteen Joe McHugh and Jean Pasley Sensei of Rathmines Aikikai

On Thursday 15th of June 2017 Joe McHugh Sensei 5th Dan of Ikeda Dojo Wicklow and Jean Pasley Sensei 5th Dan of Rathmines Aikikai gave a class in Jean's dojo in Rathmines.

The colloboration between these two Sensei gives the students a chance to see techniques and approach from different angles and deepen their understanding of their practice.

A great time was had by all in attendance.

Until the next time Kanpai ;-)

Pictures from the recent May course with Fiordineve Cozzi Sensei and Trevor Pigott Sensei up

[Click here for some more pics from the course...]

A huge well done to the following students that passed their kyu exams

Well Done Aikido

6th Kyu: 六級
Alicja Bilinska (Aikido Ikeda Dojo Dublin)
Ronan Haughey (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Angelika Eiduliene (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Fergus McVeigh (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Adam Zaton (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Annmarie O'Connor (IT Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Morgane Debout (IT Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Chris Slattery (IT Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Goa Ting (IT Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Rebecca Ting (IT Sligo Aikido Dojo)

5th Kyu: 五級
Ciaran Magee (Aikido Ikeda Dojo Dublin)
Billy Brophy (Aikido Ikeda Dojo Dublin)
Eoin Brady (Aikido Ikeda Dojo Dublin)

4th Kyu: 四級
Cat Dobson (Sligo Aikido Dojo)

2nd Kyu: 二級
David Kerins (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Niall Kelly (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Carlene Gildea (Sligo Aikido Dojo)

You done yourselves, intructors and dojo's proud.;-)

Courses pics from the Technical Committee Seminar in Athboy now up

Ai Tech Committee April 2017

Pictures from the Aikikai Ireland Technical Committee and Kyu exams course held in Athboy on Saturday 22nd of April now uploaded. Click link below for the pics, taken by Pj Kirke on Carlene Gildea's camera. Well done to all.

[Course pics....]

Joe McHugh Sensei to give course in Cambridge Aiki Dojo
on 8th, 9th and 10th of September 2017

Joe McHugh Sensei of Ikeda Dojo Wicklow has been asked to go and teach a seminar in Cambridge Aiki Dojo by local instructor Britta and Francis (whom recently travelled to Sligo for a course with Michele).

The course will run on the 8th, 9th and 10th of September and the details are as follows.
Friday: 19:30 to 21:30
Saturday: 10:30 to 15:30
Sunday: 10:00 to 11:00

Cost: Fri=£10 Sat=£20 Sun=£10. Entire Course = £30

Location:Location: Cambridge University Sports Centre,
Phillipa Fawcett Drive (off Charles Babbage Rd)
Cambridge CB3 0AS

Contact: +44-7800 784 777
+44-1223-315109 (Britta)
cambridgeaikidojo@yahoo.co.uk
www.cambridgeaikidojo.co.uk

[Course Poster etc click here....]

Trevor, Tony and Will travel to Michele Sensei course in Cambridge

Aikikai Ireland had a contingent in attendance at the Michele Quaranta Shihan course in Cambride, England Trevor Pigott, Tony McHugh and Will Baker crossed the water to train with Michele and the English group.. The course was hosted by Cambridge and St.Ives Aikido Dojos. Francis Rowland who was in attendance at the course in Sligo with Michele looked after the lads well. A great time was had by all. Well done all ;-)

Well done to the IT Sligo Dojo students the passed kyu exams

Well done to all of the successful IT Sligo Dojo students that passed their 6th Kyu exams recently in Sligo Aikido Dojo. Pictured are the students with their Sensei Declan Bray. Keep up the great work folks.

Pics from the fantastic course with Michele Sensei in Sligo

Thanks to Carlene Gildea for the pictures taken at the Michele Quaranta Sensei course in Sligo. Carlene has a great eye for the camera.

[Michele Course Sligo March 2017 pictures...]

New launch of Aikido Ikeda Dojo Dublin

Aikido Dojo Tallaght has changed it's name to Aikido Ikeda Dojo Dublin. Classes will be given by Norbert Toth Sensei 2nd Dan Aikikai and Anthony Brennan Sensei 1st Dan Aikikai. Classes are as follows...

Saturday 10am to 12pm Adults (Anthony Brennan Sensei)
Sunday 10am to 11.30am Kids (Nobert Toth Sensei)
Sunday 11.30am to 1.00pm Adults (Nobert Toth Sensei)

Location is 111 Scout Den Hall, Springfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

The very best of luck to Norbert and Anthony ;-)


[Click here for Aikido Ikeda Dojo Dublin page...]


Great days training enjoyed by students at the
Joe McHugh Sensei and Ray Butcher Sensei One Day seminar

A great days training was enjoyed by all in attendance at the recent course between Joe McHugh Sensei and Ray Burcher Sensei in Henshin Aikido Dojo.
Many thanks to Ray, Maeve and Henshin Dojo for hosting the course

 

Aikikai Ireland Reidential Summer Camp with Michele Quaranta Shihan 6th Dan 2nd to 5th of June 2017

Course registration for the Residential summer camp with Michele Quaranta Shihan 6th Dan running from 2nd through to 5th of June 2017 is now open. The course details and the registration online form link are all on the poster, which you can download by clinking the link below. Once you fill in the form give the course fee to your dojo instructor in advance of the course which will help save time on the morning of the course at resgitration.The course promises to be a great one as was the case in previous years, great training, great craíc, great food and great music. What more could you ask for Please book early to avoid dissapointment. Beds are given on a first come first served basis...See you there folks ;-} ......
Schedule:
Friday:
11.00 - 12.00: Registration and room/bed allocation
12.30 - 14.00 Aikido
17.30 - 19.00: Aikido
Saturday and Sunday:
08.00 - 09.00: Aikiken/Aikijo
10.30 - 12.30 Aikido
16.30 - 18.30 Aikido
Monday
08.00 - 9.00 Aikiken/Aikijo
10.30 - 12.30 Aikido

Course Fee:
Aikido Training and Accomodation only
€80 normal or €70 student/unwaged.

Please Note: Full attendance only, Please rcomplete online booking form here https://goo.gl/forms/UTbSQ4EsurmleQVD2 filling form is binding. After completing form return course fee to your dojo instructor in advance of the course
Book early to avoid disappointment course Only 28 Beds available. Beds will be allocated on a first
come first served basis. After 29th place people can sleep on tatami with sleeping bag.

[Course details, poster etc...]

Aikikai Ireland's Joe McHugh Sensei promoted to 5th Dan

The Kagamibiraki ceremony 2017 just took place at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, AIkido World Headquarters, Tokyo.A huge congratulations to Aikikai Ireland's Joe Mchugh Sensei who has been promoted to 5th Dan, well done from all at Aikikai Ireland Joe.

The full list of promotions are available here: http://www.aikikai.or.jp/pdf/suisen/h29-0.pdf

Congratulations to all of the other people around the world who were promoted!!!

A mention also to our aikido frend in Switzerland Erif Graf whom has also been promoted to 5th Dan.

Happy New Year from Aikikai Ireland

Happ New Year 2017 Aikikai Ireland

Happy New Year from Aikikai Ireland...

A huge thank for making the year 2016 a very memorable one for Aikikai Ireland. Over the course of the year we had the following highlights....

February
The Sligo Aikido Dojo hosted Aikikai Ireland seminar in the Bluestack Centre get's covered in RTE's At Your Service programme.

March
Eamon Coyne Sensei was invited to give a demonstration at the Judo Ireland Open in Galway (thanks Daniel and Piotr for the help).
Michele Quaranta 6th Dan had a week dojo tour giving classes in Athboy, Sligo, Bray and finally at the weekend giving a Shidoshakai seminar in Athboy.

April
Sligo Aikido Dojo hosted a collaboration with Eamon Coyne Sensei and 2 American Sensei Dave Stier 6th Dan and Kathy Stier 6th Dan from Green River Aikido, Massachusetts, Boston along with 2 of their students Valarie McGettigan and Brian Keaney.
Athboy Aikido Dojo hosted an Aikikai Ireland technical Committee Seminar with Joe McHugh Sensei, Trevor Pigott Sensei and Eamon Coyne Sensei and Kyu gradings, well done to all the Aikidoka that were successfully promoted.

May
A first time collaboration between Ray Butcher Sensei 4th Dan head instructor at Henshin Aikido Dojo (Balance Ireland) and Joe McHugh Sensei 4th Dan Ikeda Dojo Wicklow.
Sligo Aikido Dojo hosted a seminar with Fiordineve Cozzi Sensei 6th and Eamon Coyne Sensei, with 12 Italian Aikidoka traveling to Sligo to train with us.

June
Sligo Aikido Dojo hosted/organised the Residential Summer Camp with Michele Quaranta Shihan 6th Dan and seen Barry Tully pass the Sandan exam and Shaun Blaney, Declan O'Reilly, Sarah Conlon and Sylvain Marinier pass the Shodan exam (well done again). At the course we also had visiting students form Miami, Boston, Florida (USA) and Neauchatel, Basel (Switzerland) as well as all the other Aikikai Ireland dojos around the country.

July
Ikeda Dojo Wicklow hosts a one day seminar with host instructor Joe McHugh Sensei and Rathmines Aikikai instructor Jean Pasley Sensei.
Sligo Aikido Dojo hosted a one day seminar which Kyu exams along with Trevor Pigott Sensei from Athboy Aikido Club, well done to the successful grading candidates.

September:
Eamon Coyne Sensei, Joe McHugh Sensei and Lizzy McHugh attended the International Aikido Congress in Takasaki Japan and trained with many of the worlds top instructors. The gang also enjoyed a very special class at Meishin Kai Dojo in Iruma with Masatomi Ikeda Sensei, Kamei Sensei and Michele Quaranta Sensei.

October:
Sifu Michael O'Leary from Wing Tsun Ireland invite Eamon Coyne Sensei to give class at seminar in Sligo.
Ikeda Dojo Wicklow hosted the Autumn Seminar with Michele Quaranta Shihan 6th Dan.

December:
Sligo Aikido Dojo hosted the Technical Committee Seminar with Joe Joe Mchugh Sensei (Ikeda Dojo Wicklow), Trevor Pigott (Athboy Aikido Club) and Eamon Coyne Sensei, well done to all that passed their kyu exams.

In the kids/teens classes, we had many successful junior samurai get promoted in dojos around the country too...

We had Sligo Aikido Dojo and Aikikai Ireland represented abroad:
We had Sligo students travel abroad also to the following training camps..
David Kerins to Horni Branna, Czech for Michele Quranta Sensei 6th Dan
Tom Thomas Waldronn and Sarah Conlon to Basel, Switzerland for Hiroshi Tada Sensei 9th Dan.
Carlene Gildea to Sofia, Bularia for Ed Germanov Sensei 6th and Michele Quranta Sensei 6th Dan.
Well done for flying the Sligo Aikido Dojo and Aikikai Ireland flag abroad 😉

To each and everyone of the Aikikai Ireland and all of our Aikido friends that trained with us thanks for a great year.

2017 is going to be great year for Aikikai Ireland 😉

Aikikai Ireland Technical Committee One Day Course and Kyu Exams
pics from Saturday 3rd of December. well done everyone!

On Saturday 3rd of December, Sligo Aikido Dojo hosted the Aikikai Ireland Technical Committee seminar, given by Eamon Coyne Sensei, Trevor Pigott Sensei and Joe McHugh Sensei. At the course kyu exams were also conducted, well done to the following Aikidoka...


6th Kyu: 六級
Shane McHugh (Athboy Aikido Club)
Billy Reynolds (Athboy Aikido Club)
Rian Gorman (Sligo Aikido Club)
Aaron Gallagher (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Jamie Kelly (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Eoin Grogan (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Liam Murphy (Ikeda Dojo Wicklow)

5th Kyu: 五級
Bert Gore (Athboy Aikido Club)

4th Kyu: 四級
Seamus Whelan (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Alan McGowan(Sligo Aikido Dojo)

3rd Kyu: 三級
Niall Colleary (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Jim Mitchell (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Paul Clarke (Ikeda Dojo Wicklow)

2nd Kyu: 二級
Robert Timmons (Ikeda Dojo Wicklow)
Dermot Gilmartin (Sligo Aikido Dojo)

You done yourselves, intructors and dojo's proud.
A special mention to the Uke's that assisted and pushed the candidates hard ;-)

Keep up the good work folks!!!! pics from the course now up, see below.

[Course pics...]

Sligo Aikido Dojo student Carlene Gildea travelled to Sofia, Bulgaria to train at a seminar with
Michele Quaranta Sensei hosted by Ed Germanov Sensei

The trip included a fantastic Shodo exhibition of the work of Esteban Martinez hosted by Ed Germanov Sensei, aikido seminar with Michele Quaranta Sensei at Tendokan Dojo hosted by Ed Germanov Sensei, Shodo at Funa Dojo and many more wonderful experiences. Carlene said after the trip "I am so grateful to everyone for the wonderful Bulgarian hospitality - blown away with the kindness - amazing people, and so many new friends, thank you!"

Special mention to Emilia Stoeva for looking after Carlene during the trip ;-)

Aikikai Rathmines course with Jean Sensei and Joe Sensei
Days training enjoyed by all

On Saturday 26th of November Jean Pasley Sensei from Rathmines Aikikai and Joe McHugh Sensei from Ikeda Dojo Wicklow had a one day seminar in Rathmines. The days training provided by both Sensei was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Well done ;-)

Sligo Aikido Dojo students Sarah Conlon and Tom Waldron travel to Switzerland to participate in the Aikikai Swiss (ACSA) Autumn Seminar with Hiroshi Tada Shihan

Sligo Aikido Dojo students Sarah Conlon and Thomas Waldron travelled to Basel in Switzerland to partake in the Aikikai Swiss (ACSA) Autumn Seminar with Hiroshi Tada Shihan. Both Sarah and Tom thoroughly enjoyed their first time with Tada Sensei 9th Dan Aikikai, the highest world ranked Aikikai instructor. Thanks to ACSA for the hospitality and the seminar ;-)

Another fantastic course with Aikikai Ireland Technical Adviser
Michele Quaranta Shihan


Yet another fantastic course with Michele Quaranta Shihan was enjoyed by the participants in Wicklow on the 15th and 16th of October. At the course Michele also presented the Aikikai Yudanasha Diplomas to the new the successful grading candidates from June at the summer camp. Pictured above left to right with Michele Sensei are Shaun Blaney (Shodan), Sarah Conlon (Shodan), Bary Tully (Sandan), Declan O'Reilly (Shodan) and Sylvain Marinier (Shodan).

For more pictures from the course please click the link below

[Michele October 2016 course pics...]

What a trip, Aikikai Ireland crew travel to Japan

What an incredible trip, Aikikai Ireland members Eamon Coyne Sensei, Joe McHugh Sensei and Lizzy McHugh travel to Japan for a truly memorable experience. During the trip Eamon, Lizzy and Joe hooked up in Japan with European group of Michele Quaranta Senseis students from Czech Republic, Holland, Italy, Macedonia, Slovakia and Switzerland. There were many special moments one of which was a class in Meishin Kai Dojo in Iruma where we had a special class with Masatomi Ikeda Sensei (pictured below with Eamon, Lizzy and Joe), Kamei Sensei and Michele Quaranta Sensei. A special thanks to Mario Cerny (Slovakia) for all of the organisation and Go Shimizu (Japan) for the great help during the trip. For pics and more information on the trip click the link below.

[Japan trip 2016...]

Sligo Aikido Dojo instructor Eamon Coyne Sensei gives
Aikido class at Wing Tsun Ireland seminar

On Saturday 8th of October Eamon Coyne Sensei was invited by Sifu Michael O'Leary of Wing Tsun Ireland to give an Aikido class at their Seminar in Sligo. The Aikido Wing Tsun students had a great class together, and the feedback was very positive.

Taken from the Wing Tsun Ireland website (http://wingtsun-ireland.ie/sligo-oct-2016.html) Sifu Michael O'Leary "Sensei Eamon Coyne from Sligo Aikido Dojo, gave the participants a one hour introduction to Aikido which everyone enjoyed. Having a guest instructor to give a taster of their art is something that began at the summer seminar.... Eamon is a 4th Dan in Aikido and did a wonderful job of not only demonstrating the beauty and effectiveness of his art, but also did a great job teaching in a clear, understandable and friendly manner. He has invited Wing Tsun - Ireland to teach a class in the Sligo Aikido Dojo so this is something that will happen in the not too distant future. A big thanks to both Eamon and all the members of the Sligo Aikido Dojo". 

Thanks again to Sifu Michael O'Leary and Michael Preston pictured with Eamon below. Look forward to the return visit in Sligo Aikido Dojo in the near future.

Drop in visit by Eamon Coyne to train with guys in Henshin Aikido Dojo

A big thanks from Eamon Coyne to the guys at the Henshin Aikido Dojo (http://www.tbi.ie/aikido) on a recent drop in visit on Monday 25th of July. Teaching class that night was Colin Meagle, thanks to Colin and the guys there that night for the very enjoyable training. Ray Butcher has a great gang up there. See you in Sligo on the tatami in the not too distant future hopefully.

 

Successful promotions in Sligo Aikido Dojo

On Saturday 16th of July some Sligo Aikido Dojo members had the oppurtunity to test for the next Kyu grade. The exams were held after regular Saturday morning class. A big thank you to Trevor Pigott Sensei who travelled down to help conduct the exams with Eamon Coyne Sensei and also from Athboy Shodan Shaun Blaney who travalled down to support the examinees. Cavans Tony McHugh Sensei and IT Sligo Dojos Declan Bray Sensei presence was greatly appreciated and last but by no means least the Sligo Aikidoka that helped and took ukemi for the testing students.

Huge congratulations to the following students on their promotions, great work

6th Kyu: 六級
Martin Konieczny (Sligo Aikido Dojo)

3rd Kyu: 三級
Carlene Gildea (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
David Kerins (Sligo Aikido Dojo)

Visit to Sligo Aikido Dojo from China by our old friend Emmet Sherry and his lovely wife Sarah

Emmet Sligo Aikido Dojo 2016

During mid July Sligo Aikido Dojo had the pleasure of a return visit from Wuhan in China of Emmet Sherry and his lovely wife Sarah.

Emmet was a prominent member of the Sligo Aikido Dojo for a number of years but emigrated to China a few years ago.He continued his practice in Aikido in China and has taught at Schools there too.

Emmet has always had a great attitude on the mats and a very pleasant demeanour, it is a pleasure having you on the mats again in Sligo Emmet...

Pics from the recent Aikikai Ireland Residential Summer Camp with Michele Quaranta Shihan and also Dan grading sessions

On 3rd through to 6th of June the 4th Aikikai Ireland Residential Summer Camp with Michele Quaranta Shihan held in the Bluestack Centre, Donegal. Each year gets better and better, a great time was had all and the course gathered international attention with Eliot Rifkin 6th Dan from Miami, USA, Ed O'Connor 3rd Dan from New Jersey, USA, Valarie McGettigan 1st Kyu from Massachusetts, USA, Andi Haggi 5th Dan from Switzerland and Fabrice 1st Dan from Neauchatel, Switzerland travelling to attend the course. A special thank you to Will that attended the course specifically to cook wonderful food for all in attendance.

Last but by no means least a huge congratulations to the following successful dan examinees at the course, you done yourselves and Aikikai Ireland proud.

Barry Tully Sandan 三段 Athboy Aikido Club

Shaun Blaney Shodan 初段 Athboy Aikido Club

Sarah Conlon Shodan 初段 Sligo Aikido Dojo

Sylvain Marinier Shodan 初段 Sligo Aikido Dojo

Declan O Reilly Shodan 初段 Athboy Aikido Club

Thanks to Carlene Gildea for taking fanastic pics, enjoy by clicking below.

[Bluestack Course Pics...]

Pics from course with Fiodineve Cozzi Sensei and Eamon Coyne Sensei
in Sligo Aikido Dojo on 21st and 22nd May now up

Sligo Aikido Dojo was the host venue for the recent seminar between Fiordineve Cozzi Sensei 6th Dan Aikikai and Eamon Coyne Sensei 4th Dan Aikikai. At the course Fiordineve gave a fantastic kids class which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The adults classes were shared by Fiordineve Cozzi Sensei and Eamon Coyne Sensei over the Saturday and Sunday. Fiordineve along with his lovely wife Rosella also were 11 Italian Aikidoka from differing parts of Italy. A great time was had by all, with plenty of good training and also some sightseeing too. Pics can be viewed by clicking the image or link below.

[Fiordineve and Eamon course pics...]

Sligo Aikido Dojo enjoy weapons class in majestic Rosses Point beach on Monday 30th of May

With the recent spell of good weather, on Monday 30th of May Sligo Aikido Dojo headed down to the beautiful Rosses Point beach for an impromptu class to practice some Bokken and Jo. Carlene Gildea took some great pics during the class. Great to be outside in such a magnificent setting and pratice Aikido too.
More pics on link below.

[Pics from the Beach Weapons class...]

Enjoyable 3rd colloboration course between
Jean Pasley Sensei and Joe Mc Hugh

The third collobaoration between Sensei Jean Pasley (Rathmines Aikikai) and Sensei Joe McHugh (Aikikai Ireland) took place on Saturday 18th of June last in Joe's Bray Dojo down in Wicklow. A thoroughly enjoyable days training was had by all in attendance. Click the link below for more pics from the day.

[Course pics...]

Well done to the Ikeda Dojo Wicklow Kids Graduates

A huge well done to all the Ikeda Dojo Wicklow kids graduates who recently passed their exams with their Sensei Joe McHugh ;-)

Great days training at the first seminar between
Ray Butcher Sensei and Joe McHugh Sensei

On Saturday 7th of May a first time collaboration between Ray Butcher Sensei 4th Dan head instructor at Henshin Aikido Dojo (Balance Ireland) and Joe McHugh Sensei 4th Dan head instructor and host of Ikeda Dojo Wicklow (Aikikai Ireland) occured, a great days training was had by all in attendance.

Great to see 2 dojos coming together and sharing ideas and practicing together, nice one lads ;-)

Pics from the recent Aikikai Ireland Technical Committee seminar and Kyu gradings in Athboy on Sunday 24th April

Shots of the recent Aikikai Ireland Techncial Committee seminar and Kyu gradings in Athboy Aikido Dojo on Sundaty 24th of April are now up, thanks to Anthony Brennan and Wojciech Kordyl for the snaps. A big congratulations to the following successful kyu candidates, who passed their exams on the day...

6th Kyu: 六級
Billy Brophy (Phoenix Dojo)
Eoin Brady (Phoenix Dojo)
Ciaran Magee (Phoenix Dojo)

3rd Kyu: 三級
Niall Kelly (Phoenix Dojo)

1st Kyu: 一級
Lizzy McHugh (Ikeda Dojo Wicklow)

[Pics from the day...]

A great weekend had by all at the Ireland and USA friendship seminar with Sligo Aikido Dojo and Green River Aikikai Massachussets

A great weekend was had by all at the recent Ireland and USA friendship seminar between Sligo Aikdo Dojo and Green River Aikido,Massachusetts. The seminar was taught by Dave Stier 6th Dan Shihan, Kathy Stier 5th Dan Shidoin and Eamon Coyne 4th Dan on 16th and 17th of April. It proved to be a great chance to train with each other, learn new things and make new friends. To Dave, Kathy, Valarie and Brian from USA ...Sláinte and thanks for making the trip to Sligo, it was a pleasure hosting you. not forgetting all of the Aikikai Ireland gang that made the weekend a truly memorable one. Till next time ;-)

[Seminar pics...]

Pics from a fantastic week in the company both on and off the mats
with Michele Quaranta Shihan March 2016


During the week of March 14th to March 20th Aikikai Ireland had the pleasure of dojo visits and a Shidoshakai seminar too. Michele paid a visit to Athboy dojo on the Monday, Sligo dojo on the Tuesday and Bray dojo on the Wednesday. On Saturday and Sunday Michele Sensei taught a Shidoshakai seminar in Athboy.

The week was a great success with students that may not get the chance to attend the national seminars having the oppurtunity to train with Michele in their own respective dojos. Thank you to Michele Sensei for another great week and also to all of the students from each of the dojos that attended each of the classes and seminars....great stuff ;-)

[Pictures from the week...]

Video footage of Sligo Aikido Dojo's demonstration at the Judo Ireland
41st Annual Galway Open Tournament 5th of March 2016



Judo Ireland sent an invite to Sligo Aikido Head Instructor Eamon Coyne Sensei to demonstrate the art of Aikido at the Judo Ireland 41st Galway Open on Saturday 5th of March 2016.

Eamon Sensei and his students Daniel Killeen and Piotr Cichon were honoured to demonstrate Aikido on behalf of Sligo Aikido Dojo at the event.The event had a huge crowd with 150 Judoka form 25 clubs particpating at the event with all of the their friends and family along supporting. The Sligo crew received a warm welcome and were delighted with the respons afterwards.

Updated revised supplementary exam notes available for download

The latest Aikido examination notes of the Masatomi Ikeda systematic are now available for download courtesy of our Swiss Aikido friend Eric Graf Sensei from Aikidoi Dojo de Neuchâtel
(www.dojo-ne.ch).

The updated notes are a result of a collaborative review and enhancements made by Erif Graf Sensei and Joe McHugh Sensei recently in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Thanks Eric and Joe ;-)

The exam programs contain what will be asked of students at each of the different levels. The Ikeda syllabus content is that which is being taught by Aikikai Ireland Technical Adviser Michele Quaranta Sensei 6th Dan, who inherited the methodology as student and Uke to Ikeda Shihan for over 20 years.

Quaranta Sensei continues to teach and spread this Aikido with great passion and commitment, the proof of which is in the number of international seminars he gives throughout the calendar year in addition to teaching dojo classes in Basel and Prague.

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Judo Ireland invite Sligo Aikido Dojo to demonstrate Aikido
at the 41st Galway Open on March 5th 2016

Judo Sligo Aikido InviteJudo Ireland sent an invite to Sligo Aikido Head Instructor Eamon Coyne Sensei to demonstrate the art of Aikido at the Judo Ireland 41st Galway Open on Saturday 5th of March 2016.

Eamon Sensei and his students Daniel Killeen and Piotr Cichon were honoured to demonstrate Aikido on behalf of Sligo Aikido Dojo at the event.

The event had a huge crowd with 150 Judoka form 25 clubs particpating at the event with all of the their friends and family along supporting. The Sligo crew received a warm welcome and were delighted with the respons afterwards.

Judo Ireland Group PicPictured above (L-R) are Eamon Coyne, Finola Croke (Judo Ireland), Piotr Cichon and Dan Killeen.

Thanks to Judo Ireland Acting Deputy Vice President Finola Croke and Secretary Sylvia O'Flynn for the invite. It was a memorable moment for the lads. Video footage was taken (will be uploaded soon). Click below for some stills from the demo.

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