Philippe Gouttard in Galway, 22 November 2015

Atlantic Aikido is proud to announce that Philippe Gouttard (6th dan) will return to Galway to give a special one-day course in Galway on Sunday 22 November 2015.

Philippe is one of France’s senior instructors, with over 40 years’ experience. He has trained with Christian Tissier since 1978, and followed closely several Japanese teachers, in particular Seigo Yamaguchi shihan. Philippe has made 35 trips to study aikido in Japan (see video below). He teaches regularly in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Estonia, the Czech Republic and elsewhere. He is also a qualified osteopath.

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Michael O’Donovan course in Galway, 27 June 2015

We’re delighted to announce that Michael O’Donovan, 4th dan and head instructor at the Dublin Aikikai, will come to Galway to give a one-day course on Saturday 27 June 2015. Michael has a wealth of experience in aikido, and has long been a friend and supporter of the club.

Training times: 11am–1pm and 2pm–4pm
Recent beginners are very welcome, as are guests from other clubs.
Costs to be confirmed here shortly.
Enquiries to Pádraic at info@atlanticaikido.com or 086 352 2142.

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Pictures from demonstration at Farmleigh House, Dublin, taken by Stephen Fleming Photography.

Michael O’Donovan, one-day course, 31 May 2014

We are delighted to announce that Michael O’Donovan (3rd dan) of Dublin Aikikai will come to Galway to teach a special one-day seminar on Saturday 31 May 2014. Training times: 11.00–1.00 and 2.00–4.00. Cost: €20 (one session, €10).

All welcome (including recent beginners). As usual, we will be glad to entertain visitors on Saturday night.

Michael O'Donovan at an aikido demonstration in Dublin, 1 April 2012

Reflections on training in the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Tokyo

Over two days in August 2013 I had the chance to do some training in the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo. I visited the dojo after a week-long work trip, when I had just a few free days. It wasn’t my first time at Hombu. I had made another short visit during a brief stay in Tokyo in 2002. After such an interval I could only recall a few vague impressions (e.g. Doshu’s extremely busy 6.30am class, the explosive power of Yasuno shihan). And since my own level has progressed since then I hoped I could take something more from this experience. Continue reading “Reflections on training in the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Tokyo”

Special seminar, Saturday 26 May 2012

We’re delighted to announce that our friends from Dublin Aikikai will come to Galway on Saturday 26 May for a special seminar. The classes will be lead by Michael O’Donovan (sandan).

Training times: 11.00–1.00 and 2.00–3.30.
Fees: €15 for day.

Michael O’Donovan and Iain Hull from Dublin Aikikai Aikido