There are lots of other martial arts schools around so what makes us special?
A UNIQUE MARTIAL ART & SCHOOL: DTA is the only actively competitive Tomiki Aikido Club in the Republic Of Ireland and is the home of the National Senior and Junior Sport Aikido squad. All our instructors have experience competing at UN National and World Championship level and boast the only female Tomiki Aikido instructor in Ireland, a former UK National Randori Champion.
INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED DAN GRADE QUALIFICATIONS As you will be investing time and effort on your journey with us towards Shodan (First degree Black Belt) it is important that you are rewarded with an recognised qualification. DTA is affiliated to the British Aikido Association (BAA) recognised by the Japanese Aikido Association (JAA). Dan grade examinations are taken only at BAA/JAA approved grading events and if successful you will be eligable to receive a Dan Grade Certificate (menjo) certified by the BAA and have your grade registered with the JAA. You will also be eligible to apply for a Dan grade certificate (menjo) certified and issued by the JAA in Japan also.
HIGH QUALITY INSTRUCTION FROM PROGRESSIVE AND ACTIVE INSTRUCTORS Our chief instructors and assistant coaches are active competitors at UK National, European and World Championship level. In addition to running our dojo, our chief instructors also train with and are members of the BAA UK National team, bringing back the latest training methods, technical guidance, advice and experience of some of the UK and Japan's best instructors for the benefit of our members.
GREAT ENVIRONMENT FOR LEARNING Our dojo is a welcoming place with a mutually supportive atmosphere in which our members can develop themselves and achieve their training goals. Everyone looks forward to attending classes because we are serious about what we do but still have fun when we train.
MIX OF GRADES & GENDERS We have a mix of grades and abilities on the mat, from ungraded red belts (new beginners), through yellow, orange, green, to more experienced blue, brown and a number of Dan grades female and males. Whether you are a total beginner or an experienced player you will have the support you need to meet your personal training goals.
AGE SPECIFIC TRAINING PROGRAMMES We run separate classes for specific age groups; Adult (16+), Youth (10-15) as well as Juniors (5-10). This ensures that students are working with other students who should be at a similar level of physical, mental and social maturity.
PERSONAL ATTENTION Due to the limited dojo space, class sizes are relatively small (average 8 - 10 students) in a typical class, and with a number of instructors training in each class there are great opportunities for some personal instruction.
VALUE FOR MONEY Your first class is free and thereafter you pay subs month by month. There are no long-term contracts imposed. Classes for Adults are 2 hours in length. Discounts are available for unemployed and academic students. The club is run on a not-for-profit basis and all fees go towards running costs of the club.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES There are regular classes twice a week for Adults, Youths and Juniors, with an additional classes for 1st Kyu, Dan grades and coaches on the week-ends.
COMPETITION TRAINING For those who want to compete, you will have access to squad training sessions in addition to supplementary technical training in the run-up to all competitions.
INCLUSIVE. We are a community focussed dojo and our members and supporters become part of our extended Aiki family. This extends outside regular classes into travelling together to seminars, competitions, external examinations and social outings. These give our members, parent and guardians the opportunity to have fun in a more social setting and get to know each and the wider Tomiki Aikido Community better.
OUTWARD LOOKING Every few months we either travel to BAA or SAF Seminars and we frequently invite special guest instructors from other schools/dojos/associations (National & International) to provide new insights and a broader experience to our members; and a way in which they can compare their progress and level of instruction to those of other clubs and dojo.