From 1988 until 2008, Martin Acton sensei was studying, practising and teaching Aikido in Japan with the top masters. In Japan, Martin Acton sensei was the first western person to open, run and develop two very successful dojos in Yokohama. He has trained all types of students, from primary (elementary) school students all the way up to university students. He taught housewives, doctors, lawyers, company CEO's and even the Tokyo riot police.
He has also taught at Japanese companies throughout Japan as a motivational speaker, helping them with conflict resolution problems, absenteeism, stress reduction and how to maintain good working relationships.
In 2008 he returned home to Northern Ireland to share the valuable life lessons and skills he learnt overseas in England, the USA, and Japan, with the people here. In 2011 he opened & established the first Aikido full-time dojo at Dromore, County Down, in N. Ireland. His mission is to help people discover a new, improved way of life that Aikido offers. To build bridges of deeper understanding between the East and West.