Takemusu Aikido Society
Feel the spirit of budo:

  • Traditional training methods
  • Highly qualified instructor
  • Efficient techniques
  • Regular weapon trainings
Our features
or few reasons to join Takemusu Aikido Society
Traditional training methods
We teach Aikido as it is taught in a traditional Japanese dojo. As a result, you will have a deep understanding of techniques and quick progress.
Highly qualified instructor
Our instructor had spent ten years studying Aikido in Japan. He got hand-to-hand instructions from high-ranked teachers, including the Third Doshu and direct students of Morihei Ueshiba.
Regular weapon training
Weapons training is an integral part of the Aikido curriculum. A deep understanding of sword and staff techniques makes your Aikido solid and meaningful.
Efficient techniques
We teach traditional Aikido techniques developed by Founder and preserved by Morihiro Saito. Aikido techniques are very powerful and efficient by nature but may lose their meaning if some elements are missing or misinterpreted. We are responsible for the correct transmission of the Founder's Aikido to the next generations. We teach how to deal with non-cooperative partners, making your Aikido precise and effective.
Strong connections with high-ranked Japanese and international teachers
We regularly invite high-ranked teacher to Ireland and organise trips to Japan for our students interested in becoming uchideshi (inner student) in traditional Japanese dojo.
Enjoyable practice
There are no competitions in Aikido, so you will not find rivalry, abuse, or ferocity in Aikido schools. It is possible to learn Aikido only if you are open to your partner. Only sincere practice ensure the constant progress of the students.
What Aikido can give you?
Physical benefits
Aikido is great for aerobic conditioning, increased strength and flexibility, improved posture, enhanced sense of timing, better reactions, coordination, and improved balance. You also will develop the ability to fall safely in any situation.
Greater body awareness
By practising Aikido, you can expect to experience a more relaxed and confident presence. You will also have a greater awareness of yourself and your environment. A lot of people deem this the most significant benefit associated with martial arts in general.
Improve your mind
Beyond all the incredible physical benefits of Aikido, there are many mental benefits such as increased relaxation, focus, and awareness. You will also have greater self-discipline and confidence and be able to deal with stressful situations more positively and calmly. A lot of people find that they can deal with conflicts with greater ease thanks to practising Aikido.
Our instructors
Raman Bekarevich
3 dan Aikido Aikikai
Raman Bekarevich, the founder and chief instructor of Takemusu Aikido Society, have studied Aikido in Japan for a decade under top-level instructors, including direct students of Morihei Ueshiba. Raman obtained the 2nd and 3rd dan from Hiroki Nemoto sensei. He arrived in Ireland in 2020 and began to teach takemusu aikido in Balbriggan, Ringsend, and Rathgar.
Jan Toth
1 kyu Aikido Aikikai
Jan Toth, an assistant instructor and children officer of Takemusu Aikido Society, has practised Aikido for more than a decade and has extensive experience of training in Japanese dojo. Jan obtained his 1 kyu from Lorcan Gogan sensei in 2018. In 2023 he spent 3 weeks as uchideshi in Iwama.
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Our curators
Hiroki Nemoto
7dan Aikido Aikikai
Hiroki Nemoto sensei is one of those few remaining aikido teachers who got to train with the founder of the art. He was born in 1950, making him 14 years old when he entered Ueshiba Morihei O-sensei's dojo in 1964. He trained under O-sensei for one year. Nemoto Sensei then continued to study from 1974 to 2002 from Morihiro Saito Sensei in the Founders dojo in Iwama. He also travelled with Saito Sensei all over the world and has extensive experience in training and teaching aikido. He was granted a 6th Dan Aikikai in 1992 and a 7th Dan Aikikai in 2018.
Shigemi Nakata (Ishiyama)
6 dan Aikido Aikikai
Shigemi Nakata is one of the top female students of Morihiro Saito sensei. Her precise techniques demonstrate important insights usually hidden from students if techniques are executed in a powerful manner.
Shigemi Nakata was granted a 6th Dan Aikikai in 2020.
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Safe falling techniques
Basic empty-handed techniques
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19:00 - 20:00
Empty-handed techniques (Taijutsu)

Weapons techniques (Bukiwaza)
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14:15 - 15:45
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Our Videos
Training in Balbriggan dojo (2021)
Our demonstrations at RICC - May Day Parade (2022)
F. A. Q.
Everything you always wanted to know about aikido
(but were afraid to ask)
Is Aikido better than karate/judo/any other martial art?
Aikido is neither better nor worse than other martial arts. All martial arts are good. The question is what do you expect from a martial art? If you want to become an MMA fighter, then neither Aikido nor other traditional martial art will not help you. If you want to follow the path of the warrior enjoying the process, develop the sense of alertness, body coordination, self-confidence, learn how to blend with the opponent's intentions, then Aikido may be a good choice for you.
Can Aikido be used for self-defence?
Aikido is a tool that can be used for many purposes, including self-defence. However, it can take a considerable amount of time and efforts before Aikido (or any martial art) can be used effectively in a self-defence situation. But even the best martial artist or sportsman can be severely hurt on the streets if they are not mentally ready to apply their skills in a 'do-or-die' situation.
I do not have any experience in martial art, or I did not do any sport since school, may I practice with you?
You can join Aikido without any prior experience. All you need is enthusiasm and interest. As you practice, you will become more flexible, strong coordinated, balanced, and comfortable with the way the human body moves.
Are there any age restrictions?
The uniqueness of Aikido is in the fact that you can start practising it at any age. However, we set a lower limit for our regular classes: at the moment only people from 18 years and older may attend it. There are no upper limits. We know examples of 70 years old men who successfully practice Aikido.
Are there any pain or injuries that can be happened during training?
We do not intentionally hurt people, but Aikido is a martial art, so pain is sometimes unavoidable. But there is a clear distinction between the 'good pain' that helps you grow up as a martial artist and injuries that we try to avoid. Unfortunately, injuries can happen as well, so all members are advised to have sports insurance to cover such unpleasant cases.
What do I wear during class?
Usually, we wear traditional white pyjamas called 'dogi', literally 'clothes for the path'. Dogi or shortly 'gi' are made from rugged textile, which can last for years of training. But you do not need anything special for your first sessions: any comfortable clothes are good. We do not recommend (but it is always your choice) wearing shorts and T-shirts as exposed skin can be easily damaged when you fall on the mats. In addition, we will request you to leave all jewelry, watches, glasses, and other accessories out of the mat during the training session for safety reasons.
Can I train an additional martial art while training Aikido?
Some teachers discourage their students from cross-training. In our school, we have a completely different attitude: learn as many martial arts as you can, see as many teachers as possible. Aikido is universal budo. Its principles are often common with other martial arts. If you know different approaches to the same principles, you can understand Aikido deeper.
Why do we bow?
The bow in Aikido has no religious significance. It is a symbol of courtesy and respect to the art, teacher, and partners. In Japanese culture, bows are often served the same purpose as handshakes in the West.
Why do some aikidokas wear black skirts?
A black skirt is traditional pants of Japanese warriors called 'hakama'. In Aikido, hakama is an indicator of the skilful aikidoka. As a rule, only black belt holders are allowed to wear it.
How long will it take to get a black belt?
There is no single answer to this question. The time to black belt strongly depends on the student's talent, hardworking, diligence. Some people can get a black belt in 3 years, most in 5, some - 10 years. But the black belt is not the end of the way. The first level of the black belt is called 'shodan', literally, 'beginning degree'. It is an indicator that you successfully learned the basics of the art and are ready to begin an actual Aikido study.

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