Aikido Seminars

Aikido Seminars in Dromore

Ladies Aikido Self-Defence Seminar

Ladies Aikido Self Defence Seminar
Held: Sunday 28th May 2017
At: Martin Acton's Aikido Institute
Time: 12-4pm
Cost: £25
Maximum 8 students only
Instructor: Martin Action Chief Instructor

This is suitable for females with no prior experience. You will learn:
what predators look for in a victim, 
how they select the victim and
places you have to be aware of.
How to stop an attacker grabbing your hair, slapping you and getting you on the ground. How to prevent someone strangling you. You will gain confidence and skills that will work to keep you safe.

Ladies Aikido Self-Defence Seminar

Michelle And Gillian practicing how to stop an attacker from strangling you.

Testimonials:

"The self-defence seminar was brilliant! I gained an appreciation for the variety of ways someone may attack you, how to pre-empt this and how to keep safe as well as getting lots of practice in defending myself in different situations! All in a relaxed and friendly environment. A really fun and worthwhile afternoon!
Thank you!"

- Gillian Mcpherson


"Attended Womens Self-Defense Seminar today in Martin Actons Aikido Institute. Excellent and concise one day course focused on improving confidence and reactions to potential assaults. We discussed specific concerns of each participant and explored range of solutions dependant on individuals experience and natural reaction. Good opportunity to learn techniques for potential encounters. Killer core work! Would highly recommend for any woman looking to develop and reinforce self defence skills, good for beginners and those looking to gain more confidence in practical self defence".

- Michelle


"With a little background into aikido simply because my son recently joined, but no experience myself I wasn't sure what to expect from the Aikido Self-Defence Seminar. I obviously attended with areas in mind which I would like to target but did not imagine in one seminar I would gain and retain so much!

Firstly, my attention was brought to certain situations that women find themselves in on a daily basis and are unaware of the potential to harm. I always thought I was relatively switched on security wise but still my eyes were opened.

Throughout the seminar Matin discussed each move and helped tailor to the individual based on their natural reactions and what was comfortable for them without deterring from the outcome. 

The seminar itself was very open, friendly and fun. Martin is an excellent teacher. It exceeded my expectations and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to become more security conscious and develop confidence in self-defence"

- Many Thanks Anna

Aikido Weapons Seminar

Aikido student throwing a person using a staff.
Michelle And Gillian practicing how to stop an attacker from strangling you.
Martin Acton sensei throwing a student using the jo.
Two aikido students doing a throw with a wooden staff

Seminar details

Aikido Weapons Seminar
How to use the jo (Wooden Staff)
Held On: Sunday 8th June 2017
At: Martin Acton's Aikido Institute
Time: 1-3pm
Cost: £40 per person
Maximum 8 students only
Instructor: Martin Action Chief Instructor

This is suitable for beginners with no prior experience. You will learn:
Etiquette for how to take the jo (staff) from the rack in the dojo.
The correct way to hold and move with the jo.
Warm up exercises and strikes using the jo. 
How to throw a person that tries to take the weapon from you.
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Testimonials:

" I attended the Aikido Jo (wooden staff) seminar with Martin Acton Sensei at the Dojo in Dromore. 

It was great, lot of fun, informative & practical. Very well worth it.

We learnt basic moves using the Jo first, and then Sensei showed us a technique for throwing a partner using the Jo, which we then practiced. The thing I liked about it was that we were given time to practice the technique and gain confidence that we can use it if the need arises. In the past I have gone to other seminars and was given a lot of useful information and techniques but was not given enough time to practice the techniques. Martin Sensei was very patient and understanding, tweaking the schedule to meet the needs of the students. We all had a very enjoyable time, received some very practical tips and left feeling great.
We all are looking forward to doing the next seminar with Martin Sensei next month. 
 I highly recommend you to try these seminars, I was on many others with Martin Sensei like " how to defend against knife", "sword seminars", etc.and they were all first class. "
-Marian Bohacek

I attended the Weapons Seminar at Martin Acton's Aikido Institute on the 18th June. I have been attending the school and classes regularly since November 2016 , and found the seminar especially it’s focus on the ‘Jo’ or staff to be incredibly interesting and enjoyable. It has added a completely new perspective to the Art of Akido for me and has given me a practical introduction into an ancient art form that has direct application to many situations in modern life.
 
The seminar allowed us to get a considerable amount of time using the ‘Jo’ and getting a real feel for the subtleties involved in using it to fend of an aggressor.
As ever Martin is a patient and through coach who allows the students to move at their own individual pace to improve their understanding.
 
I plan to attend the second seminar on the 16th July and hope to continue to expand my appreciation of the new and graceful side of Aikido.’
- Steve Millar

Aikido Weapons Seminar Using a jo 

Martin Acton sensei thrusting a staff.
Four Aikido students that attended the jo seminar
Aikido students practicing the jo outside

Seminar details

Aikido Weapons Seminar
How to use the jo (Wooden Staff)
Held On: Sunday 16th July 2017
At: Martin Acton's Aikido Institute
Time: 1-3pm
Cost: £40 per person
Maximum 8 students only
Instructor: Martin Action Chief Instructor

This is suitable for beginners with no prior experience. You will learn:
The correct way to hold and move with the jo.
Warm up exercises and strikes using the jo. 
How to stop an attacker that has entered your shop and trys to attack you with a knife.
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Testimonials:

" I really enjoyed today's jo seminar. We enjoyed the July sunshine while practicing the main jo attacks before heading back into the dojo for some work on practical jo self-defence. This was a great opportunity to use the jo in as close to a real life scenario as possible including against a knife attack. Fantastic teaching from Martin  Sensei delivered expertly to a small group. I'm looking forward to the next seminar already. Thank you.  "

- Stuart Gilmore


" Today’s jo seminar was fantastic. We practiced the basics of the jo: the strikes and blocks, before looking at a real life scenario. Martin sensei showed us how to defend ourselves in a confined space against an armed attacker using a jo or broom stick and gave practical advice on how to defend yourself when in such a scenario. The seminar had all the realism of a real life encounter whilst ensuring safety. Martin sensei taught us the skills and tactics to ensure that by the end of the seminar we were all capable of defending ourselves using the jo. A really enjoyable experience. Thank you."
- Niall Brolly  

Aikido Weapons Seminar Advanced jo

Aikido student throwing a person using a staff.
Aikido student outside at start of seminar
Stuart Gilmore practicing how to strike the head with the staff
Marian practicing applying a wrist lock on Stephen using the jo.

Seminar details

Aikido Weapons Seminar
How to use the jo (Wooden Staff)
Held On: Sunday 27th August 2017
At: Martin Acton's Aikido Institute
Time: 1-3pm
Cost: £40 per person
Maximum 8 students only
Instructor: Martin Action Chief Instructor

This is suitable for beginners with no prior experience. You will learn:
More advanced techniques using the jo (staff) 
Specific places to target and strike with the jo.
How to use the jo to apply a painful wrist lock if do is grabbed. 

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Seminar contents:

The seminar started by taking the students outside and Martin Acton sensei got them going with 6 advanced techniques that the students found challenging, exciting and practical. After some time they all got the moves down and felt more competent, capable and confident they could perform and use the techniques effectively. 

The students performed the techniques slowly and carefully so that they could learn the moves correctly. When you try to go for speed and power without clear understanding how to perform a technique, this results in injuries and the results are poor based on luck rather than skill. 
The students spent about 40 minutes working on the advanced techniques. Each student got to perform the techniques in sequence for Martin Acton sensei's approval. After that they were really good. No one got hurt. Nothing was broken and there was no damage to the weapon due to being dropped . 

The students went inside had small break got to drink some water. They were offered sandwiches but they were all eager to get back to training so they just had water. 

Martin Acton sensei demonstrated how to use the jo from a walking position to strike an attacker's knee or thigh and to hit the head at different points such as the temple, the nose and the side of the head. 
The students then worked together to practice the moves and to learn to let the jo flow instead of tensing up and trying to strike with physical power. 

The last technique Martin Acton sensei taught was how to put an attacker into a painful rest lock using the jo if he tried to grab the jo. This is one of the move the Japanese police use. 
The students enjoyed practicing this and realised there is so much more to learn that they want to have another seminar next month at end of September. Thanks to all who came.

Aikido Weapons Seminar jo for Black Belt

Martin Acton sensei standing outside the Institute getting ready to perform the jo techniques
Aikido student Stephen Millar practicing the jo forms
There Aikido students practicing the jo forms outside.
Aikido students Stuart Gilmore, Stephen Millar and Marian Bohacek at th start of the seminar standing outside  the Institute

Seminar details

Aikido Weapons Seminar
Techniques using the jo (Wooden Staff) for Black Belt Test
Held On: Sunday 24th September 2017
At: Martin Acton's Aikido Institute
Time: 1-3pm
Cost: £40 per person
Maximum 8 students only
Instructor: Martin Action Chief Instructor

This is suitable for beginners with no prior experience. You will learn:
There will be two forms for the Black Belt test . 
The First form will be moves 1-6
The Second form will be moves 1-22. We will cover as much as you feel comfortable with and follow up the rest at another seminar next month.



Form 1: moves 1-6

Here we practice thrusting the jo from the left side striking the mid section of the opponent. Then the rear end of the jo is flicked towards the opponents face. The jo spins around and is drawn up and held like Stephen is doing in the photo to the left. You step in and strike with right hand with a yokomeunch strike to the temple or side of the head. The jo is used to to strike an attacker coming from behind on the knee or on the shin. Step in bring the jo up and strike the front attacker under the chin. Finally step in make a mid section thrust and step back with jo raised about the head.

To get a black belt in Aikido is not something you can do in a short period of time. There are many things involved even just regarding the weapons you need to attend the seminars to get the time, practice and guidance from Martin sensei. You will be taught things that he can't teach you in the regular group lessons because of lack of space and time required to assist you to make sure you perform the techniques correctly. 
For those who feel it is expensive well, that is the investment and price we have to pay. Actually for those who don't come to the seminars you will have to take 1-1 lessons with Martin sensei to learn the weapons which include the tanto (the knife) the ken (theJapanese sword) and the jo. 

"Thank you to the students that came today, 
Stuart Gilmore, Stephen Millar and Marian Bohacek. 
You all did really great and each time you come you are getting better and better. I look forward to seeing you all next month at the next jo seminar." Martin Acton sensei 

Aikido Ladies Self-Defence Seminar

A lady alone in a dark car park and a dark image in the shadows behind hers
A lady alone in a dark car park and a dark image in the shadows behind hers
A man holding a woman be the wrists tightly
A lady alone in a dark car park and a dark image in the shadows behind hers
Ladies Aikido Self Defence Seminar
Held: Sunday 1st October 2017
At: Martin Acton's Aikido Institute
Time: 12-4pm
Cost: £25
Maximum 8 students only
Instructor: Martin Action Chief Instructor


This is suitable for females with no prior experience. You will learn:
How to stop someone putting his unwanted hands on you.
Skills that will enable you to take down an attacker using his/her force against him/her.
Things to watch out for when you are out with people you don't know very well and places you have to be aware of.
You will have fun learning useful, practical and effective Aikido techniques.

Ladies Aikido Self-Defence Seminar

Gillian doing a technique  throwing Michell on to a crash mat.
Michelle putting Anna into a wrist lock.

Testimonials:

"I completed my second self defence seminar at the weekend, and it was brilliant! Martin Sensei taught us how to respond when someone tries to attack us, using a range of different techniques. We had lots of opportunities to practice what to do in different situations from someone trying to touch us through to trying to strangle us. At every stage, Martin Sensei made each technique relevant to each of us and potential situations we can find ourselves in. It was a really enjoyable and fun afternoon which taught me a lot.

I would recommend this seminar to anyone!"

- Gillian Mcpherson


"I attended Martin Acton's Women's Self Defence course at the beginning of October 2017. Excellent course. Addressed participants specific needs. Improved confidence by building on individuals natural response to an attack rather than rote learning moves. Really enjoyed and I would highly recommend."

- Michelle


"Another excellent seminar by Sensei Martin Acton. Thoroughly enjoyed my second self defence seminar which focused on people putting their hands on you inappropriately and how you as an individual would respond in this situation.
Initially we were bending fingers which escalated to throwing a person!
This seminar is particularly good for increasing confidence (which alone will deter some attackers.) I cannot recommend this enough for young ladies leaving home for the first time heading to uni to older women who need to improve confidence and awareness for themselves. 
I look forward to the next seminar."

- Many Thanks Anna

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To book a place in our Aikido courses get in touch with Martin Acton's Aikido Institute in Dromore today: 

07869 402 588
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