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.
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
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....
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.
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.
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...
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
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.
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
Visit to Sligo Aikido Dojo from China by our old friend Emmet Sherry and his lovely wife Sarah
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 ;-)
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 ;-)
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
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.
Judo Ireland invite Sligo Aikido Dojo to demonstrate Aikido
at the 41st Galway Open on March 5th 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.
Pictured 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.
Aikikai Ireland Summer Camp featured on National TV RTÉ1
The Bluestack Centre in Donegal which is the venue for the Aikikai Ireland Residential Summer Camp with Michele Quaranta Shihan featured on the national Irish TV Channel RTÉ1 programme 'At Your Service'. The programme focuses on helping businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry generate more business. Eamon Coyne Sensei course coordinator was asked why the venue was suitable for the summer camp. Also included in the short segment from the programme above is footage of action from the camp. Great to see Aikido getting a bit of coverage on the national broadcasting channel. Thanks to Rosemary Ward (Manager Bluestack Centre) and all the staff for the top notch service we receive every year and also the guys from At Your Service for including us in the programme..
Aikido Dojo to start 10 week Self Defence Programme
Sligo Aikido Dojo will be running a 10 week self defence program starting on Monday 8th of February at 8.30pm. The cost of the course is €10 per class or €75 in advance for the full course. Book early to avoid disappointment 087-6693711 or email@example.com.
Merry Christmas and all the best for 2016 from all at Aikikai Ireland
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Aikikai Ireland members and all of our Aikido friends both in Ireland and abroad. I hope you all enjoy the holiday.Thanks for your continued support and making 2015 such a memorable one. Here's looking forward to 2016!!!!!
Pictures from the seminar with Michele Shihan
in Phoenix Dojo Dublin now up
Pictures from the excellent with Michele Quaranta Shihan in Phoenix Dojo Dublin now up. Thanks to Wojciech Kordyl and Sarah Conlon for the shots....
Great course with Michele Quaranta Shihan
in Dublin 5th and 6th December
What a fantastic course with Michele Quaranta Shihan in Dublin on the 5th and 6th of December. This was Michele Senseis first time to teach in Dublin, Barry McGee and Eddie Murray had the task of hosting in the Phoenix Dojo and done the job extremely well, great stuff lads. A huge thanks to Michele for another fantastic seminar and also the great company off the mats. Thanks to Eric Graf from Switzerland for 2 great Genkikai sessions, thanks to Halka travelling from Prague Czech Republic, Amy from Sofia, Bulgaria, Alice and Samir from Basel, Switzerland and to George Hemmings from Cambridge, England and last but not least thanks to all of our Aikido friends from the other Irish groups for attending and not forgetting the Aikikai Ireland students from the various dojos that attended. Thanks for a great weekend, see you at the next course ;-)
Well done to the successful grading candidates at the recent
Aikikai Ireland seminars in Dublin and Sligo
A huge well done to the following Aikidoka that passed their relevant examinations in both Dublin Phoenix Dojo on the 14th and Sligo Aikido Dojo on the 15th..
6th Kyu: 六級
Ryszard Matwiejczuk (Ikeda Dojo Wicklow)
4th Kyu: 四級
Paul Clarke (Ikeda Dojo Wicklow)
Carlene Gildea (Sligo Aikido Djo)
David Kerins (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Niall Kelly (Phoenix Dojo)
3rd Kyu: 三級
Oisin Anderson (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
A huge thanks to Trevor Pigott Sensei for taking the course in Phoenix Dojo and to Eddie Murray Sensei and Barry McGee Sensei for hosting the seminar, and all the guys that turned up and trained too. For the Sligo course a huge thanks also to Declan Bray Sensei and Tony McHugh Sensei for teaching the seminar along with host instuctor Eamon Coyne Sensei and to the students that turned up and supported thge course and their colleagues grading...well done to all!!!
Drop in visit to Sligo Aikido Dojo by Daniel a 2nd from the
Traditional Aikido School in Rostock, Germany
At last nights adults class in Sligo Aikido Dojo we had a drop in visit from Daniel (seated front row fourth from the right) a 2nd Dan all the way from the Traditional Aikido School in Rostock, Germany. Enjoy the rest of your trip in Ireland Daniel from the Sligo crew. Thanks for stopping by.
Pictures from the Wicklow October 2015 seminar now up
Pictures from the recent Aikikai Ireland seminar in Wicklow are now up, click the link below to see them ;-)
It was with great regret we received the bad news that Michele Quaranta Shihan could not make the course due to feeling unwell the day he was due to fly over, everyone at Aikikai Ireland wishes Michele Sensei a speedy recovery, Michele expressed his wish that the Aikikai Ireland Technical Committee conduct the seminar on his behalf.
The Technical Committee were keen to do Michele proud. At the seminar Anthony Brennan graded for Shodan, the good news is he passed with flying colours, a big congratulations to Anthony from all his fellow Aikidoka at Aikikai Ireland. We even presented the newly promoted Shodan to Michele Shihan via Skype at the end of the course, technology eh ;-)
A big thanks to everyone that attended and made the course a success, well done.
Pics to follow shortly.....
Pictures from the One Day Seminar between
Jean Pasley Sensei and Joe McHugh Sensei now up!!!
Pictures from the One Day Seminar between Jean Pasley Sensei and Joe McHugh Sensei held on 3rd of October in Bray, Co.Wicklow are now up!!!
Michele and Joe back from a very successful Aikido International Friendship Seminar at Aikido Centers dojo East Hanover, New Jersey
Aikikai Ireland Technical Adviser Michele Quaranta Shihan and Ikeda Dojo Wicklow instructor Joe McHugh Sensei are just back from s very successful international Aikido Friendship Seminar hosted by dojo instructor Greg O'Connor at Aikido Centers (www.aikidocenters.com) on the September 18th,19th and 20th.At the trip classes were given by Michele Quaranta Sensei, Micheline Vaillant-Tissier Sensei, Linda Holiday Sensei, Francis Takahashi Sensei and host Greg O'Connor Sensei. Our very own Joe McHugh was asked would he do the honour of taking one of his classes which Joe graciously and very capably did with all in attendance enjoing Joe's class and Michele and indeed all of the Sensei's teachings. The course was a resounding success and here's to more of the same in the future.
Sligo Aikido Dojo had the pleasure of visiting student from
Greenriver Aikido, Massachusetts, USA
Valarie McGettigan mad the trip to Ireland from the Massachusetts, USA and contacted Sligo Aikido Dojo hoping to train during her trip to the Emerald Isle. Sligo Aikido Dojo Instructor Eamon Coyne Sensei and all the dojo Aikidoka were delighted to meet and train with Valarie during her stay. Valarie is a student in the Green River Aikido dojo (http://www.greenriveraikido.org/)in Massachusetts affiliated to the Birankai North America group founded by the late Chiba Sensei. It was a pleasure to meet and train with you Valarie and we look forward to the next time ;-)
Congratulations to Tom and Sarah on their recent engagement ;-)
Congratulations to Thomas Waldron and Sarah Conlon on their recent engagement in Italy. It will be a first wedding for Sligo Aikido Dojo and Aikikai Ireland. Declan Bray you have a lot to answer for IT Sligo Aikido Dojo is where the love story began. Rumour has it Declan, you are performing the wedding rites. Sligo Aikido Dojo presented the two love birds with a nice bottle of Champagne, hopefully this one will pop Tom lol. We are all delighted for you and wish you the best of luck for the future!!!!
Fantastic Coverage given to recent Aikikai Ireland Seminar held in Sligo
The recent Aikikai Ireland Seminar held in Sligo has recieved great coverage in both of the Northwest of Irelands biggest newspapers. A huge thanks to Liam Maloney Sports Editor at the Sligo Weekender (http://sligoweekender.ie/)and also to Emma Gallagher Sports Editor at the Sligo Champion newspaper (www.independent.ie/regionals/sligochampion). Click the link below to read the articles...
Over the past 2 weeks in the Sligo Aikido Dojo the kids class both Senior and Junior also had the end of summer examinations. 36 of the kids from the Junior and Senior kids classes demonstrated the required spirit and technical proficiency to the level expected by their Sensei Eamon and progressed to the next belt. Well done to all of the successful Sligo adult and kids and also the other students from around the country you done yourselves and dojos proud. Keep up the great work..
Success at the recent Aikikai Ireland Technical Committee Seminar
Pictured above are attendees of the course Pictured above are newly promoted Aikidoka at the course along with the Aikikai Ireland Grading Team
A huge well done to the following successful grading candidates that passed their Aikido exams today at the Aikikai Ireland Technical Committee Seminar in
Sligo Aikido Dojo.
6th Kyu: 六級
David Dunne (Athboy Aikido Club)
Enda Henry (Sligo Aikido Club)
Alan McGowan (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
Seamus Whelan (Sligo Aikido Dojo)
A big thank you to the Aikikai Ireland Technical Committee instructors Joe Mchugh Sensei (Wicklow), Trevor Pigott Sensei(Athboy) and Eamon Coyne Sensei for a great course. Also thanks also to visiting instructors Tony McHugh Sensei (Cavan) and Eddie Murray Sensei (Dublin) and Barry McGee Sensei (Dublin) for attending the course with their students.
And all the visiting and host Sligo dojo students for putting plenty of good sweat and energy on the tatami today.
A pleasure as always folks, till the next time...
Sláinte / Kanpai
Drop in visit by Sligo Aikido Dojo instructor to
Circle of Harmony Aikido Dojo Limerick
On Monday 14th of July Sligo Aikido Dojo instructor Eamon Coyne paid a visit to the Circle or Harmony Aikido Dojo Limerick. Thanks to Mike McNamara Sensei and all the lads for the warm reception, considering Eamon just turned up on the dojo door step during a work stay down in Limerick. Eamon thanks the guys for teh chance to train and the pleasure of teaching in the Limerick dojo. The Sligo guys look forward to returning the favour when you make a trip to Sligo in the future ;-)
Ikeda Dojo Wicklow Kids Class Gradings Success
A huge well done to all the Ikeda Dojo Wicklow kids classes students that passed their recent exams with their instructor Joe McHugh Sensei. Click link below for pics...
Pictures from the recent fantastic training camp
with Michele Quaranta Shihan in Donegal now up
What can we say other than another brilliant summer training camp with Aikikai Ireland Technical Adviser Michele Quaranta Shihan in Donegal. At the seminar we also took the oppurtunity to mark the occassion of official Hombu Recognition being granted to Aikikai Ireland. With a lovely speech by Michele Shihan outlining the significance of this and also a presentation to the present Aikikai Ireland dojo instructors of the certificate for their dojos. We also had a representative from the RTE television show "At Your Service" which wanted to film us using the hall and ask why we chose it. We could be on the Silver Screen yet folks....time will tell, Click the link below for more pics...
Well done to kids class students passing their grades
in Athboy Aikido Club recently
Pictured are the successful Athboy Aikido Club kids class students who recently passed their gradings with their instructors Trevor Pigott and Will Baker. You done yourselves, your dojo and families proud. Keep up the great work....
Recent course in Athboy with Fiordineve Cozzi Sensei
gets coverage in l'Eco di Basilicata Calabria Campania newpaper
At the recent enjoyable course with Fiordineve Cozzi Sensei 6th Dan Aikikai D'Italia gets great coverage in the souther Italian regional newpaper l'Eco di Basilicata Calabria Campania (www.ecodibasilicata.it). Also covered is the course between Aikikai Ireland technical adviser Michele Quaranta Shihan 6th Dan and Fiordineve Sensei at Basel and classes at the dojo in Neauchatel. Click the link below for the article in English and Italian...
Aikido Hombu Dojo Japan grant official recognition to Aikikai Ireland
Aikikai Ireland is delighted to announce that it has been issued Hombu Recognition by Aikido Hombu Dojo Japan effective on May 1st, 2015 in accordance with the rules set forth in the International Regulations of Aikido World Headquarters. A massive congratulations to all of the Aikikai Ireland instructors and students who have worked so hard to make this dream become a reality. Here's to our future together.
Chairman Aikikai Ireland.
Another enjoyable course with Fiordineve Cozzi Sensei in Athboy
On 3rd and 4th of May, Athboy Aikido Club had the pleasure of hosting Fiordineve Cozzi Sensei 6th Dan Aikikai. At the course Fiordineve also conducted a special kids class for members of the Athboy kids section. Thanks to all that attended and made the course a success, great to meet up and make new friends with the guys that traveled all the way from Italy with Fiordineve and also to the guys from the Irish clubs that attended the course, great to see some new and old friends attending. Thanks to Trevor and all of the gang for hosting and bringing us on a nice tour of the battle of the Boyne and also for the entertainment off the mats...well done. Until next time ;-)
Great time had by all at joint seminar given by
Jean Pasley Sensei and Joe McHugh Sensei on Saturday 25th of April
Pictured above are the people that attended the joint seminar in Aikikai Rathmines given by host instructor Jean Pasley Sensei and guest instructor Joe McHugh Sensei. A great time was had by all. We look forward to the next one ;-)
Sligo Aikido Dojo presented with cup for first prize Sport section of the St.Patricks Day Parade which we then brought back to the kids class!!!
In the picture above are some of the Sligo Aikido Dojo members receiving the cup for first prize in the Sport section of the Sligo St.Patricks's Day Parade from Parade Committee member Caroline O'Hehir. We then presented the cup to the kids class, a good few of the kids were away for the Easter break. Apologies for those missing, but we gave a big cheer on your behalf....
Inaugural Aikikai Ireland Shidoshakai Seminar
with Michele Quaranta Shihan a great sucess!!!
The Aikikai Ireland Shidoshakai Seminar with Michele Quaranta Shihan a great sucess, this was the first time Aikikai Ireland hosted a Shidoshikai course with Technical Adviser Michele Quaranta Shihan 6th Dan. The training was open to students of 2nd Kyu and above, and had particpants from both Aikikai Ireland, Switzerland and other Irish Aikido groups in attendance, which was great to see. At the couse Michele Sensei also presented the last years successful Nidan and Shodan a exam candidates with their diplomas from Hombu Dojo. The course was hosted in Athboy by the Athboy Aikido Dojo gang and not forgetting the food that was laid on by Sinead, Ruth, Lena, Pauline and new Athboy member Trevor cheers folks, Click the link below for pics by Declan Bray.
Sligo Aikido Dojo street demonstration at St.Patricks Day Parade
gets first prize in Sports Category
In the clip above is a demonstration by Sligo Aikido Dojo members Eamon Coyne, Dean Clancy and Piotr Cichon done on the streets of Sligo for the St.Patricks Day Parade 17th March 2015. For their efforts Sligo Aikido Dojo were awarded first prize in the Sports Section of the parade. Well done to all the adult and junior Aikidoka that marched on the day of the parade with the club, proud to have you there with us!!!. Pictures courtesy of Warren Forde Photography and Condoh Photography, Aleise Gibbons, Celene Brennan Gibbons, Charlene Scanlon Murrin and Carlene Gildea. Click below for pics...
February 20th marked the 3rd Anniversary of the passing of
Yoji Fujimoto 8th Dan Shihan RIP
20th of February 2015 marked the 3rd Anniversary of the passing of Yoji Fujimoto 8th Dan Shihan RIP. Anyone that has had the pleasure of training with Fujimoto Sensei will have witnessed a very warm, charismatic and elegant Aikido master. Above is a video of an Embukai given by by Fujimoto Sensei at Basiglio Japan Festival in Milan March 1995. Please enjoy the clip.
Joe McHugh Sensei 4th Dan to start
new Aikido class
in Bray, Co.Wicklow
Joe McHugh 4th Dan Aikikai is about to start a new adventure by starting Aikido class in Bray starting on Wednesday the 4th of March. Details as follows...
O'Rahilly Church Terrace (off Main Street), Bray, Co.Wicklow. When:
18:45-21:00 (General Class) Who: Open to all over 14 years (Beginners always welcome) Cost: Adult €8 / Student or Unemployed €5 per class. Contact: 086 101 9668
All at Aikikai Ireland would like to wish Joe the very best on this new endeavour. Click the link below for the class flyer.
Sligo Aikido Student Daniel Killeen to trek 900 miles around
the coast of Ireland to raise funds for Irish Cancer Services
Sligo Aikido Dojo student Daniel (Dinny) Killeen, a biomedical Science Graduate decided to put his extensive experience in bushcraft to great use by Solo Trekking around the coast of Ireland in order to raise money for Cancer Research. This is over 900 miles. All proceeds raised during this SoloTrek will be going towards the Irish Cancer Society and in particular Cancer Research. He is due to start this trek in October and finish late December. The starting point and end point to this mammoth task will be Sligo. All of Daniels Aikido friends in the Sligo dojo and all the other Aikikai Ireland friends will support him in this endeavour, watch this space ;-) Click the link below for a the section from the Feb/March 2015 Bushcraft Journal (http://www.thebushcraftjournal.com) magazine featuring an article with Daniel where he discusses his upcoming adventure..
Fantastic news Michele Quaranta will officially be awarded
the title of Shihan from Aikikai Hombu Dojo!!!
We recently received the fantastic news that Michele Quaranta will officially be awarded the title of Shihan from Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Tokyo. Everyone at Aikikai Ireland would like to wish Michele Quaranta a sincere and hearfelt congratulations on this achievment.
This great news could not be awarded to a more deserving recipient, devoting over 42 years of his life so far to the contstant practice of Aikido, with over 20 years of those acting as Uke for Masatomi Ikeda Shihan. Michele tirelessly continues to teach and spread out Aikido according to the methodology that he inherited from Ikeda Sensei. A warm, humble and generous person Michele is always willing to give his time and share his knowledge with those he meets...Kanpai Michele ;-)
Aikikai Ireland events in Sligo Dojo get great coverage in the Northwests biggest papers!!!!
On Saturday the 6th of December the Aikikai Ireland Technical Committee gave a seminar which was hosted by Sligo Aikido Dojo. At the course classes were given by the Tech Commitee instructors Joe McHugh Sensei 4th Dan, Eamon Coyne Sensei 4th Dan and Trevor Pigott Sensei 4th Dan. At the course eligible students could grade for the next kyu. The course was a great success.
On Thursday the 11th of December also in Sligo Aikido Dojo the Sligo children from both the senior and junior kids classes tested for the next belt with their instructor Eamon Coyne Sensei. 38 kids from the classes presented to test. All of the kids done themselves, families, fellow students and dojo proud.
Both of these events were given extensive coverage in the local Northwestern media. A huge thanks to both Liam Maloney Sports Editor with the The Sligo Weekender newspaper and also Micheal Moran Sports Editor with the Sligo Champion newspaper.
Both articles can be viewed by clicking the link below....