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Martin Acton's Aikido Institute

Dromore, Northern Ireland, Down

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Martin Acton's Aikido Institute  logo

Martin Acton's Aikido Institute

Dromore, Northern Ireland, Down

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At Martin Acton’s Aikido Institute we run classes, 8-Week courses and seminars for children, teenagers and adults. You can do 1-1 lessons if your schedule is busy and you work irregular hours or you feel uncomfortable training in a group.

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wonder woman

29 August 2019

I have been taking my son to Martin for private lessons for a few months now. I can honestly say that Martin is fantastic as a Sensei and person. My son has Autism and Martin takes time with him; listens (and takes on board) when my son's needs are explained and most importantly, treats myself and my son with the utmost respect. I chose Martin and his Dojo because Martin as a person is very caring and respectful. The location of his Institute is easily accessible, has ample parking and is a high quality Dojo. Martin, as a Sensei, has vast experience in the field of Aikido having spent many years training and teaching Aikido in Japan (even teaching Japanese Riot Police) so I was safe in the knowledge that my son would be taught by someone who has the relevant experience and skills required. I also chose Aikido itself as you learn how to defend etc but you are also taught to be aware of what is happening around you; to not set out to purposely hurt your opponent/attacker while still mastering how to defend yourself. I would, without hesitation, recommend Martin's Aikido Institute More...

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Melania Anna Duca

19 August 2019

I recommend both Aikido and Martin as a Master for various reasons: he set up a Dojo in Dromore thinking about teaching more than a martial art. The place is always tidy, clean and welcoming, intimate and well structured. Large parking outside. He's kind and courteous, knows how to put people at ease, is always measured and reassuring but also funny and playful. I brought him a few of my clients and it was astonishing for me to see how the same people with a troubled history let him step into their world the key to which requires a very special talent and delicateness of touch to be found so quickly. More...

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Marian Ferguson

30 June 2019

As a complete beginner, I have found Martin to be a very professional and patient teacher. Would definitely recommend him if you’re thinking of trying the ancient art of Tai Chi.

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Oscar Arbaiza

10 May 2019

I believe in a healthy mind.in a healthy body...and that is what here they practice...awesome. thank you.

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DeborahM-159

1 March 2019

Highly recommended. My little one loves Martin’s classes. Great for building confidence & fitness levels while having fun. Martin’s a great teacher.

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AudreyM-52

23 February 2019

I would highly recommend Martin Acton’s Aikido Institute. My four year old son attends beginner classes and absolutely loves them. Martin makes the classes fun and interactive while at the same time teaching discipline and respect for others. The classes also promote self confidence and non aggressive self defence. I feel that my son is getting a lot out of the classes as he is not just one of a number -Martin is able to spend time with each of the children individually. More...

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LisaD-314

20 February 2019

Excellent class - my 5 year old loves it and looks forward to it every week. Martin teaches a variety of things including Japanese words, not just the aikido moves, which is great. Brilliant for discipline.

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Glenda Boyle

7 February 2019

its a nice studio, very bright and clean and the meditation classes are very professional and calming. martin is a very calming person. and highly talented.

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RaymondY-9

5 December 2018

My Daughter (12) and Son (6) started Aikido lessons with Martin Acton just 3 weeks ago. They are both really enjoying it and already seeing the benefits of studying such a high level martial art. From day one Martin Acton has been welcoming and supportive whilst delivering lessons. He also has a great knack of bringing fun to classes at the same time as delivering serious teaching. Both of our children are becoming more and more interested in Aikido with each class and this is testament to Martin's ability to engage their interest during each training session. As complete beginners to any sort of martial art our children have a lot to learn and Martin shows great patience during his teaching. He also adds just the right amount of praise along the way to help instill confidence in them but at the same time he ensures discipline and respect. They are both now looking forward to getting their first belts with a lot of hard work along the way. Thanks Martin. More...

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Paul Martin

16 October 2018

We're really enjoying our training with Martin. Excellent teacher, patient and thorough. Highly recommended.

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PaulM-1620

16 October 2018

Really enjoying our Aikido lessons with my son. Martin is an excellent teacher. Highly recommended.

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JulieM-461

8 October 2018

Went for a massage as ive been suffering with stress alot, Martin was very relaxed and made me feel very comfortable, one hour for £25 which is amazing value, i would highly recommend and will go again i will also attend his mediation class

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JasonC-286

8 September 2018

Hello there. My name is Jason. I am a student of Martin Acton Aikido Institute. I have been taking private lessons for about 3 years now. I have also trained in Karate, Jujitsu and Kickboxing. I find that when training Aikido with Martin you benefit from his experience of living and teaching in Japan. When Martin is teaching you, there is calmness, confidence and understanding, so that you feel comfortable while learning techniques. On my experience Aikido is one of the best Martial Arts that you can learn. It's not for people who just want learn how to kick, punch or hurt somebody. This is not for you...... If you want skills so that you can Protect yourself with Minim force, and have the Confidence and Calmness to deal with any Situation then this is for you. More...

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MichelleG-182

7 September 2018

Japanese Sword Fitness class is a great way to start the weekend. 300 calories in a 50 minutes class which combines toning and cardio. Good for arms and shoulders. Perfect for people who need to move to relax. Helps with focus. Great fun. More...

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BrendaJ-24

4 September 2018

My son is making great progress at Aikido with Martin.Martin shows patience and understanding as well as instilling respect, manners and discipline.Arlo looks forward to going to class every week and loves learning the art of Aikido and a new language!I would highly recommend Martin to parents with young children. More...

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StuartG-167

4 September 2018

I learnt a lot at Sunday’s sword seminar. Martin Sensei's expert tuition and eye for detail are second to none. As the groups are small teaching is individualised and tailored for each student. I enjoyed this class and cannot recommend the seminars highly enough. More...

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AndrewA-192

3 September 2018

I attended the Sword Seminar on 2nd September at Martin Acton's Aikido Institute and found it to be both enlightening and fun. This was my 1st introduction to the aikido techniques in the use of the sword and it whetted my appetite for the future development of this area of my training. I was instructed in sword etiquette and safety prior to the basic techniques which included drawing and resheathing the training sword, the Shomenunchi vertical cut down, the Suki thrust and left and right Yokomenuchi cuts.As with all aikido techniques, the emphasis is on building control, feeling the energy of the movements and balance whilst performing them.I also had the opportunity to observe a more advanced student practice for their black belt test where the basic elements were brought together into a more complex pattern.I would recommend these seminars to students of all levels of ability and I intend to attend more to further my development.Andrew Atcheson More...

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Ruaidhri O' Cianain

30 August 2018

I have now been attending my Aikido classes since November and have recently gotten my 5th Kyu level. I am now currently working towards the 4th Kyu and have been given great support by our Sensei Martin Acton who instills a very much 'can do' attitude in our classes. Each class we are learning something new from the basics right up to the high level, which gives you a great sense of what is yet to come. Everyone in the class is very supportive of one another with a pressure free atmosphere where you can learn at your own pace yet get results with our fantastic teacher:) However in each class we just have good fun learning important skills that will stand to us in the future, where at the end of each session you leave in good form, thank you Sensei:) I started the Aikido course back in November with the 8 week course. I found everyone very welcoming and Martin was very encouraging from the start. The fact that I was a complete beginner to Aikido made no difference to enjoying the class, as everyone made you feel apart of the group right from the start. Martin is very patient and you immediately feel at ease when learning the movements as he instills a sense in you that you are well able to try something more challenging. However I think what is most important about the Aikido classes is that you feel your spirits are lifted and you are always in good form leaving the class:) More...

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Alejandro Segura

30 August 2018

I can say that it is difficult to find a good Sensei and even more difficult to find a great Sensei like Martin Acton that with his experience and skills will make that any practitioner regardless of the age develop its skill from novice to expert. At home, we know how good martial arts are for building up confidence, discipline and self-control. At Martin Acton's Aikido Institute our 11 years old son found a place where he can develop all those skills and more in a friendly, cooperative, inspiring and safe environment. For these reasons and more we highly recommend MartinActon's Aikido Institute. More...

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AlejandroS

19 August 2018

I can say that it is difficult to find a good Sensei and even more difficult to find a great Sensei like Martin Acton that with his experience and skills will make that any practitioner regardless of the age develop its skill from novice to expert.At home, we know how good martial arts are for building up confidence, discipline and self-control. At Martin Acton's Aikido Institute our 11 years old son found a place where he can develop all those skills and more in a friendly, cooperative, inspiring and safe environment. For these reasons and more we highly recommend MartinActon's Aikido Institute. More...

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Jurgita Kizauskiene

30 July 2018

Aikido tai daugiau nei kovos menas. Vaikai lanko Martin Acton aikido klases daugiau nei 6 menesius ir yra labai patenkinti. Per pamokas ismoksta ne tik savigynos elementu,bet ir igauna daugiau pasitikejimo savim,disciplinos,tampa fiziskai stipresni,bei mokinasi japonu kalbos. Rekomenduoju pabandyti visiems,nesvarbu tu vaikas ar suauges,Aikido tinka visiem. More...

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Billy Dixon

30 July 2018

A truly honorable and brilliant teacher

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Michael Stevenson

30 July 2018

You can tell that he was trained in Japan from the worlds best, he really knows his stuff. Great class!!!

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James Moffett

30 July 2018

It's an honour to be apart of the aikido journey with sensei martin Acton, a perfect start for anyone thinking of learning aikido

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Danielle Morgan

30 July 2018

Unbelievable scenes!☺️can't believe how good this is scary stuff! Martin are you a Jedi?

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Liz Wilkinson

30 July 2018

Ross really enjoys going to Aikido. He has been going for 31/2 years. He has made new friends and has grown in confidence. Thank you martin

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James Compston

30 July 2018

My eldest son has started studying Aikido with Martin only recently. I have been very impressed with how Martin is helping him become a much more calm and confident wee man. He loves learning Japanese and and working on his moves. I would recommend Martin Acton's Aikido to anyone! More...

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Jeanette Fourie-Pollock

30 July 2018

This has been a brilliant character builder for my son. As well as learning Japanese which I thought was near impossible. He was being bullied at school but now he has confidence to defend himself. Dignity and respect for himself as well as others. More...

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Nigel Kirk

30 July 2018

Martin is a brilliant instructor because he has time for all his students. He doesn't rush anything which in my eyes is the best way . I took a long time deciding which marshal art my son would study and i have for sure picked the right one . Jay absolutely love going to his class . Thanks Martin More...

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Gillian Mcpherson

30 July 2018

I completed the 8 week self defence course and would recommend it to anyone! Martin sensei and everyone there was very welcoming and patient with me. I have learned lots of ways to defend myself in different situations and can feel myself getting fitter. I have stayed on to study aikido after the course finished. More...

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James Clarke

30 July 2018

I do greatly recommend anybody to try Aikido lessons with Martin Acton Sensei. His Aikido knowledge and experience are truly indisputable, and way he is teaching is a journey one will enjoy. I found Martin Sensei via Google, exchange couple of emails and was invited to see a lesson. Subscribed the very next day and since my first lesson I keep enjoying Aikido every time I visit. Sensei and his students are very friendly and atmosphere in dojo is excellent. Dojo is very well maintained and clean.
Aikido will help you gain confidence and Can do thinking.
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Raymond Campbell

30 July 2018

I have studied with Martin Acton Sensei now for almost 2 years. It has changed my approach to life and given me a confidence I thought I had lost. If you are reading this please give it a try. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. More...

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Michelle Foster

30 July 2018

Our 8yr old Son absolutely loves Aikido. He looks forward each week to his next class. He has developed so much in the past 6 weeks, both physically and mentally.. he is much more confident and has better posture and strength. Learning Japanese is an extra bonus! More...

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Jason Cronin

30 July 2018

Martin Acton's Aikido classes are very different from any Martial Arts classes I’ve taken before. When your class is over, you leave feeling very calm, relaxed and looking forward to your next lesson. I have taken Jujitsu, Karate, and Kickboxing in the past. None of them compared to Aikido. When I lived in Cork I tried Aikido and was hooked immediately. After moving to Northern Ireland I tried Martin's Aikido Class in Dromore. Here I found an excellent , vastly experienced teacher who I would highly recommend to anyone that is interested in Martial Arts.
Thank you Sensei
Regards Jason Cronin
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John Bell

30 July 2018

I have been practising Aikido with Martin Action Sensei for six months, and I would highly recommend it. I initially attended the eight week introductory course and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Martin Sensei patiently guides you through each technique and demonstrates his mastery of Aikido. Everyone I have met during the classes have been extremely friendly and helpful and have made my start in the Aikido journey a rewarding one. More...

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Sharyn Brown

30 July 2018

My 7 year old daughter has been going to Martin for nearly a year and she loves it. She loves doing the japenese at the beginning of class. Her favourite part is learning the learning the moves! I would recommend Martin to anyone who is thinking of getting their kids inot any for of matial arts. We thought it was important our daughter could defend herself but she has learnt so much more and can't wait to go back each week. More...

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Brian Pollock

30 July 2018

I brought my son who has Autism and Learning disabilities. You need to stick to it. He loves it now and is really excited for each class. Learning Japanese which I thought wouldn'twork. But he is thriving. At the start there is a fee. But that is for the insurance and book. My son was being bullied at school by an older boy. I brought him there to build his confidence and ability. Sensei Martin has spent time and patience with him. If I thought for one moment he was being bullied I would have pulled him out. If you had given your son time instead of reacting then maybe there would no issue. More...

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Loraa White

30 July 2018

Amazing facility and my son is greatly enjoying aikido! He is learning about discipline and respect, as well Japanese language and how to prevent bullying. An all in one experience! Highly recommended. More...

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Gareth Maverick

30 July 2018

Just been to my third lesson. Definitely different. Not like a boring gym session or meaningless activity.

It's not easy. It's very inspiring. It's challenging. It's thought provoking. It's mindful. It's disciplined. It's fun. It's connected. It's enlightening. It's reflective. It's principled. It's welcoming. It's worth giving a go!

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Mark Carvill

30 July 2018

I have been practising meditation with Martin Sensei for the last four years and have seen substantial benefits.

Training of the mind is generally neglected in western society in favour of physical training. However, I have found training of the mind more challenging, while offering benefits far beyond the scope of any physical activity. An ability to control ones mind creates an imperturbable feeling, reaching this level has profound effects and is a goal that everyone should strive for.

Having experienced the benefits of working with Martin Sensei I would encourage anyone to try his meditation classes. Martin Sensei is a great teacher having spent many years in Japan learning and teaching with the best Masters in the world.
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J Mcgreevy951

27 May 2018

The Aikido Summer Camp runs 8 days and is a great place to try Aikido, socialise with other people and learn how to properly defend yourself. Every lesson starts with a group talk, where Martin Acton (Chief Aikido Instructor) talks to us about confidence, a general recap of what we've learned from the past few days and how others should treat you. After the group discussions, pupils begin to exercise that will really push you to your limits; saying this however, Martin always finds different ways to make these warm-ups different and fun throughout the 8 days, even if your are on fire! The second half of the 2 hour lesson is where pupils partner up and learn new Aikido techniques as well as helping each other to perfect them. I felt that Martin was very approachable. If I needed help and he was never judgmental or negative about it. Martin Acton's Aikido Summer Camp is a great place to socialise, increase your confidence and use the time during the Summer break productively. I highly recommend that everyone goes for the full 8 days and think about joining the institute if they enjoyed the camp. More...

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Martin Acton

27 May 2018

Sensei Martin's dojo is a special place. An oasis of peace in a chaotic world. If you want to better yourself, have fun and learn a traditional Japanese martial art from an authentic Sensei then this is the place for you! In just a few weeks of coming here I already feel more confident and relaxed every time I train with Sensei Martin. Every class you learn something new and have fun doing it. Come along and give it a go! Richard. More...

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Mark Foster

27 May 2018

I can’t recommend Martin Acton’s Aikido classes highly enough! It is a very welcoming and friendly environment. Everyone I’ve met there are extremely helpful. Martin is a very positive and patient teacher!!Having studied other martial arts elsewhere I can honestly say I’ve not experienced such professionalism. Both my young boys took Martin’s classes after school and thoroughly enjoyed them, moreover I feel that they learnt a lot from the Aikido discipline. There is a lot more to be gained at this dojo than a martial art which can be transferred into your everyday life. If it’s something that interests you, just do it! You’ll not regret it!!! More...

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Cheryl Boyd

27 May 2018

Myself and my daughter have been coming here for a few weeks now. We are both really enjoying it and learning new skills. Martin is friendly and helpful and we have fun here while learning aikido. I would recommend it to anyone to increase your confidence and learn a worthwhile skill. More...

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Ruaidhri O' Cianain

9 February 2018

I started the Aikido course back in November with the 8 week course. I found everyone very welcoming and Martin was very encouraging from the start. The fact that I was a complete beginner to Aikido made no difference to enjoying the class, as everyone made you feel apart of the group right from the start. Martin is very patient and you immediately feel at ease when learning the movements as he instills a sense in you that you are well able to try something more challenging. However I think what is most important about the Aikido classes is that you feel your spirits are lifted and you are always in good form leaving the class:) More...

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GaryL-65

31 October 2017

My son attends this institute, he is 5 and looks forward to going every week! A lovely atmosphere and a great place for kids (of all ages!) to go, I am thinking of taking it up myself, Martin is a patient and humorous teacher, as well as being strong and disciplined with the kids, a great environment and one I highly recommend. More...

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Gary Browne-Leckey

30 September 2017

An excellent place and a very professional service from Martin, my 5 year old loves it!

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JohnB-1526

21 August 2017

I think one of the best things about Martin Acton’s Aikido Institute are the people who train at the dojo. I have been training for 2 years now and everyone I have met at the dojo during that time have been a pleasure to train with. Everyone made me very welcome and put me at ease when I first started, and we all work together in order to get the best out of each other. Also, Martin Sensei patiently guides you through each technique and demonstrates his mastery of Aikido; I would definitely recommend giving it a go. More...

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StuartG-115

17 August 2017

Joining this dojo is one of the best decisions i ever made. Aikido is a fabulous, challenging and when expertly taught a very effective martial art. Martin sensei's tuition is world class and his experience and skills are second to none. The classes are welcoming, fun and tailored to individual needs. Aikido has improved my fitness level, increased my energy and is a great stress reliever. I can't get enough and feel very fortunate to be a member of the Aikido Institute. More...

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CarolineB-164

11 August 2017

This year’s aikido 8 days summer camp was outstanding. During the eight days we have learnt how to deal with fear and negativity with Martin Acton sensei teaching us mindful breathing to deal with negative emotions. We have learnt how to stand and sit with good posture and how to be confident. We have learnt self defence techniques against a range of attacks including punches, kicks, grabs and shoves. Martin Acton sensei gave us good advice about life lessons and how to improve our aikido. The warm ups were excellent as they combined cardio with core work and worked every muscle group. In recent weeks I have noticed an increase in my strength. The camp also included many fun games so that everybody was happy during the eight days. Thank you sensei,Niall. More...

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PrinceJ-2

11 August 2017

The Aikido Summer Camp runs 8 days and is a great place to try Aikido, socialise with other people and learn how to properly defend yourself. Every lesson starts with a group talk, where Martin Acton Sensei (Chief Aikido Instructor) talks to us about confidence, a general recap of what we've learned from the past few days and how others should treat you.After the group discussions, pupils begin to exercise that will really push you to your limits; saying this however, Martin always finds different ways to make these warm-ups different and fun throughout the 8 days, even if your are on fire!The second half of the lesson is where pupils partner up and learn new Aikido techniques. I felt that Martin was very approachable. If I needed help and he was never judgmental about it.Martin Acton's Aikido Summer Camp is a great place to socialise, increase your confidence and use the time during the Summer break productively. I highly recommend that everyone goes for the full 8 days. More...

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Prince Joshuorc

11 August 2017

The Aikido Summer Camp runs 8 days and is a great place to try Aikido, socialise with other people and learn how to properly defend yourself. Every lesson starts with a group talk, where Martin Acton (Chief Aikido Instructor) talks to us about confidence, a general recap of what we've learned from the past few days and how others should treat you.
After the group discussions, pupils begin to exercise that will really push you to your limits; saying this however, Martin always finds different ways to make these warm-ups different and fun throughout the 8 days, even if your are on fire!
The second half of the 2 hour lesson is where pupils partner up and learn new Aikido techniques as well as helping each other to perfect them. I felt that Martin was very approachable. If I needed help and he was never judgmental or negative about it.
Martin Acton's Aikido Summer Camp is a great place to socialise, increase your confidence and use the time during the Summer break productively. I highly recommend that everyone goes for the full 8 days and think about joining the institute if they enjoyed the camp.
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Deborah Mercer

27 May 2017

Can't recommend Martin's Aikido classes for children highly enough. My 6year old son has been attending for 6 months and in that time I have seen such an improvement in his confidence in himself, not to mention his fitness and strength. My son really looks forward to class. I asked him what he likes most and he said it's fun, he loves learning the Japanese and doing the moves, he now knows how to defend himself against bullies and he has made a new friend.Martin tailors his approach to suit the personality of each individual child in class. It's not a 'one size fits all' class and we really appreciate the time Martin has put in to getting to know what works for our child. When she is old enough we'll also send our daughter to classes.The dojo is an oasis of calm. When we're there we're all just in the moment, and we all leave feeling uplifted. I wish I had known about the classes sooner. More...

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Diane Ross

27 May 2017

Highly recommend! Lots of variety of classes to cater for all ages.
My five year old son attends a class every week and always looks forward to it. Not only does he learn to defend himself, there's the added bonus of learning Japanese which he is very fond of. More...

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Rebecca Millar

27 May 2017

This is a great dojo. Everyone is very welcoming and encouraging. The instructor Martin Acton is very patient and provides lots of opportunities to practice. I have just completed the 8 week introductory course and am continuing on to learn more, to improve my confidence and flexibility. More...

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Flexx

27 May 2017

Brilliant teacher, good friend, dojo and all premises are always clean. He provides safe environment for his students, always puts safety first. Students are very friendly and you will feel very welcome here. Highly recommended, suitable for kids and adults, there is not age restriction. More...

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Gillian McPherson

19 May 2017

The 8 week self-defence course was brilliant. Martin Sensei and everyone there was really welcoming and patient with me. I have learned lots of different ways of defending myself in different situations and can feel myself getting fitter! I've decided to stay on after the self-defence course to learn more aikido techniques. Would recommend it to anyone! More...

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vici winters

4 May 2017

I would highly recommend attending Martin Acton's Aikido Institute, in particular the eight week course which I completed recently and thoroughly enjoyed. Martin Sensei patiently teaches new techniques in every class, there is always a very professional and friendly atmosphere and plenty of support for new members. More...

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Mark Carvill

2 March 2017

I have been practising meditation with Martin Sensei for the last four years and have seen substantial benefits.

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Jeanette Fourie-Pollock

12 February 2017

Amazing Sensei. Always friendly and professional. Works with children who are on the Autism spectrum and Learning disabilities. Builds discipline and strength from within. As well as learning Japanese and finding out that you can defend yourself in case you need to. I have found the Aikido Institute to be an enriching experience that has changed my sons life and my own. Thank you. More...

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Gareth Maverick

30 August 2016

Just been to my third lesson. Definitely different. Not like a boring gym session or meaningless activity.

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JamieM-57

15 June 2016

After 2 years of procrastinating I took a leap of faith and contacted Martin Sensei via email and after exchanging a few emails I was invited to try a free lesson to see if Aikido was for me. When I entered the dojo I was warmly greeted by Martin Sensei and the rest of the class. After the first class it was obvious that Martin Sensei had trained with the masters in Japan as he makes Aikido look so graceful and fluid.Martin Sensei helps guide his students slowly through the lessons ensuring that we respect and take care of our training partners and his level of knowledge is incredible and you look forward to the next lesson with a smile on your face. I look forward each week to see where my Aikido journey will take me and what it will teach me over the coming years More...

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BigHeart11

2 September 2014

If anyone is seeking a place to study aikido, practice meditation, or learn about Japanese culture, there is good news...Tucked away in Dromore, Martin Acton's Aikido Institute is providing a well-rounded education in these pursuits. The curriculum is varied, and there are opportunities for young and old to improve their health, as well as their martial arts. This is a wonderful dojo, for all ages and levels of experience, which encourages safe practice.At the core of the school, Sensei Martin Acton, a 7th degree black belt, is an excellent, patient teacher. I have been a student at this school for over a year, and look forward to many more years of training here.Come and see for yourself why I so heartily recommend it! JB Smith More...

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KXJohnston

30 July 2014

I cannot praise and review Sensei Martin Acton highly enough. Coming from a long background in Ju-jitsu, I needed to change my style of martial art as I was suffering back pain after every Ju-Jitsu class and crippled for days. Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido is a gentle martial art which focusses on relaxation and non-aggression. Is it effective? Yes! most effective! However, it is also concerned about your attacker. Sensei Martin is a teacher of this style (7th dan) and has studied under the founder Master Koichi Tohei. He has a natural teaching ability, a gentle spirit while commanding respect at the same time. His dojo has a sense of real authenticity, and one can feel the respect and tradition he has towards Aikido and its founders. Sensei Martin and his students have a positive attitude and a welcoming spiritm making me feel at home, and all lessons are taught safely and at a pace which suits the student. I am planning a lifetime of study, and look forward to each class. Keith (student). More...

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Jamesrgwright

23 July 2014

Sensei Martin is a spectacular teacher. Upon entering his established dojo, you will be warmly welcomed and instantly immersed in the spirit of aikido and the Japanese cultural background that surrounds it.From foot-on-mat, there is a universal sense of respectfulness in the dojo - all elements of competition and rivalry are left behind. Sensei Martin will guide you gently but efficiently through his teachings, and you will feel enhanced and anewed after each lesson, both physically and mentally.Aikido is a martial art that incorporates a level of philosophy as well as a form of self-defense. By entering with an open mind, you will unearth a whole new projection of yourself that you never knew existed.And with your first lesson being free, what have you got to lose...? More...

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I love helping people improve their lives physically, mentally and emotionally. This is achieved using Aikido and meditation.

I had been studying, practicing & teaching in Japan for 20 years. In 2008 I can back home to Northern Ireland and I tried teaching in measure centres. I found it very limited in the hours and days I could offer the classes because if booking and schedule problems. So I decided to open the only full time Aikido Institute in Northern Ireland to provide classes to meet people’s needs.

I am the only Western person to have trained in Japan for 20 years.
The classes have a maximum of 8 students only.
You will train in a clean, safe and uplifting environment.
Your success is most important to us.

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