Our association was founded in 1996 as Aikido Organisation of Ireland by Simone Chierchini, an international Aikido Sensei that has studied Aikido for over 40 years under the close tutelage of some of the world most renown Shihan: Hiroshi Tada, Yoji Fujimoto, Hideki Hosokawa and Paolo Corallini.
From 2013 the association has taken on the quest of IAA – International Aikido Academy to give its students a combination of the best Aikido skills for life across the board, offering a balance of training rarely seen in the Aikido community. Takemusu Aikido Ireland follows the traditional teachings of Iwama style Aikido, blending them with the best technical innovations of more recent Aikido styles.
Takemusu Iwama Aikido is the style of Aikido that was taught at Iwama dojo by the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, and especially the lineage passed on through Morihiro Saito Shihan, the predilect pupil to whom O’Sensei entrusted the responsibility over the Iwama dojo, after being his closest disciple for 43 years. Takemusu Iwama Aikido includes the combined study of traditional Japanese weapons (Bukiwaza), specifically Aiki-jō (staff) and Aiki-ken (sword), and of empty-handed Aikido (Taijutsu).
Our objective, however, is not mere technical advancement. At Takemusu Aikido Ireland, in line with the mission of IAA, we are committed to fostering a better world, where peace, harmony, health and happiness are not just empty words, but a daily living experience derived through our specific training methods.
We adhere to the purpose of IAA to promote the highest standards of excellence in teaching thereby developing quality instructors and pupils. We are committed to providing professional teaching, outstanding teacher/student relationships and proper rank certification, in line with other professional organisations across the globe.
At Takemusu Aikido Ireland we aim at forming well rounded, versatile and open minded students that excel in Aikido and develop a heartfelt interest in the social applications of traditional Budo.