In the late 90’s the sport of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) started to become a popular forum for the development of martial arts in general. MMA within the context of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is a full contact, combat sport, that combines grappling and striking, with standing and wrestling. MMA within the UFC rules allows a wide variety of martial arts and techniques, creating a unique environment that favors a more versatile competitor or martial artist. MMA players often include training in elements of Judo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Karate, Kickboxing, and Wrestling.
MMA is definitely an influencing force in the development of martial arts today due in no small part to it's use by the UFC to create a multi-billion dollar entertainment business enterprise.
However, individual Martial Arts disciplines (such as BJJ, Judo, Aikido, Karate, kick-boxing, wrestling) are practiced for a variety of reasons by the general public (not related to professional combat sports) for basic self-defense, to improve physical fitness, for personal self development, for security work, for entertainment and amateur sporting competition. Some even use the martial arts as a method to relieve day-to-day stress or/and as a path to achieving spiritual growth.
Most of us don't have an ambition to enter the ranks of professional fighters, but we might still like to be able to learn a martial art to blow off a bit of steam, to meet new people or as a challenge to enhance our personal self-development.
With a multitude of regular martial arts classes for adults and children available in Dublin you are spoilt for choice. If you are looking for a martial art that is enjoyed by men and women, is non-agressive, subtle, does not rely on strength and can be learned and practiced at any age; then it's worth taking a look at...
What makes Tomiki/Shodokan Aikido such a fascinating Martial Art to study and practice?
Read more below about the modern Japanese martial art of Shodokan/Tomiki Aikido, learn what to expect during a typical class and find out some of what our club gets up to. If you like what you see, we invite you to make contact and organise your FREE trail class under the guidance of Ireland's leading Tomiki Aikido Instructors.
Men & Women, Beginners Programme
Juniors (5 - 10 yrs), Youths (10 - 16 yrs)
A Unique Martial Art, Sport & Club
Safe, enjoyable, non-agressive
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