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Sat 28 Apr

Rising Dawn Seminar & BAA National Grading

28th & 29th April, Belgard Community Centre, Dublin.

BAA Spring School Ireland Rising Dawn 2018


Saturday 28th:  09:30 - 18:00hrs  (Registration 09:00 - 09:30, Grading 16:00 - 17:30 approx)
Sunday   29th:  10:00 - 16:00hrs

location map to Seminar martial arts dublinBelgard Heights Youth & Community Centre,
Old Belgard Road, Dublin 24, Ireland.

€25 per Day
- BAA Members (Adults)
€30 per Day - non-BAA members
€15 per Day - Under 18's


* There is an ALDI store a few metres from the venue where you can stock up on liquids and healthy snacks etc


BAA Official Grading / Examination

There will be an official BAA grade examination on Saturday 28th April starting at 16:00hrs.
There will be a grading fee of €10.  

All candidates presenting for grading must: 

  • have up-to-date BAA membership
  • present their BAB/BAA grading/licence book
  • have completed the minimum training time requirement as set out in the BAA syllabus for their next grade.
  • provide notice in advance to Keith McClean of their intent to grade (Name, Club, Instructor, Current grade and  BAA membership number)

NOTE: All grading candidates are advised to organise thier own uke(s) for kata demonstration.

If you have any questions / queries you can contact Keith on:-



Key Note Instructors 

Bob Jones - 7th Dan

Bob Jones Aikido

Current Chief Executive Officer of the British Aikido Association, Bob Sensei has been practicing martial arts since 1966, achieving rank of 7th Dan Tomiki Aikido, 3rd Dan Traditional Aikido and 1st Dan Judo.

As a competitor Bob Sensei won honours at regional, national and international level, including Gold at the European Team Championship in 1983,  his Sport Aikido competition career spanning from 1973 to 1993 totalling a haul of 38 medals.

As the Senior Coach for Leeds Central Aikido,  Bob Sensei has led the club to over twenty junior national titles and eight senior national titles. He is also a coach tutor and has held several responsibilities including BAB Coaching Development Officer and BAA National Team Manager. Bob has trained in Japan and taught Aikido in the USA, Australia as well as several European countries.


Paul Bonett - 6th Dan

Paul Bonett Aikido

Paul Sensei started martial arts training in 1973;  in Shotokan Karate. He was awarded Shodan in 1977 under Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda  and progressed to 4th Dan in 1987. He begain Aikido training in 1980, under Brian Elgood and Gordon Murray and since 1991 has focused his martial training exclusively on this art achieving the rank of 6th Dan (by examination) awarded by Tetsuro Nariyama Shihan in 2017.

  • Chief Instructor, Brighton/Sussex Aikido Club
  • BAA/SAUK Senior Grading Examiner
  • National and International Coach
  • Manager Shodokan UK International Squad 2001-2005
  • Kata coach BAA 2015 Gold Coast Squad SAF World Championships
  • National and International sport aikido Judge and Referee
  • Awarded 6th Dan by examination by Tetsuro Nariyama Shihan 9th Dan in 2017


Steve Evans - 5th DanSteve Evans Aikido

Three times world gold medalist and four times UK Champion. Steve Sensei actively competed from 1983 to 2005.  some of the high points include:

  • 1985 British Junior National Champion (First competition!!)
  • 1993 Team Bronze Randori medal (Katsura Japan)
  • 2000 British Men's Randori Champion
  • 2001 British Men's Randori Champion
  • 2001 Goshin No Kata World Champion (Osaka Japan)
  • 2003 British Men's Randori Champion
  • 2003 Randori Kihon Waza Ju Nana Hon No Kata Champion (Leeds UK)
  • 2005 British Individual Men's Randori Champion
  • 2005 Randori Kihon Waza Ju Nana Hon No KataWorld Champion (Katsura Japan)

Steve Sensei is also an active Sports Aikido Coach at national and International level. Some highlights include:

  • 2001 Shodokan Team Head Coach to Osaka International Festival of Aikido
  • 2003 Club team coach Leeds International Aikido Tournament
  • 2005 Shodokan Team Head Coach to Katsura International Festival of Aikido





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