Aikido Cork Open Centre
Aikido Cork Open Centre

Phone: 085-764 2423


Contact/LocationFrequently Asked Aikido Questions - Dues, Fees, Discounts - Anti-Doping Policy Wisdom

Communication through Sight, Sound and Touch
Master the Art of Observing
Find Your Centre

Aikido Moral Code
Aikido is a way.
There is commitment and there is obligation.
Do not use or misuse the Art of Aikido.
Study carefully, honestly and humbly.
Respect your Seniors.
Take care of your Juniors.
- Seiichi Sugano Shihan 8th Dan 

Frequently Asked Aikido Questions (Please also review the ASU Training's Handbook)



Cork Open Centre
Aikido Shobukan Cork
Tai Chi Chuan Cork
77 Douglas Street
Cork City
T12 R7PF



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Frequently Asked Aikido Questions (Please also review the ASU Training's Handbook)

Is Aikido for you?

Is Aikido for you?  Yes!  Aikido is a non-violent, yet a dynamic, effective and powerful martial art that teaches to blend with an attack and redirect it through evasive and circular motions, using balance, leverage and gravity, instead of harming or injuring one’s opponent.  Ultimately, it is the energy of the attack itself which brings down the attacker.  This principle reaches far beyond the domain of the dojo.

The martial art of Aikido

The martial art of Aikido incorporates unique philosophical foundation of peace and harmony along with well-defined self-defence techniques.  More than a form of self-protection, or sport, or merely exercise, Aikido is a method of personal development that teaches positive human qualities such as compassion, courage, endurance, and inner strength, which enhances all aspects of daily life.

Why do people practice Aikido?

As with any complex activity, different people find Aikido attractive for different reasons -- physical fitness, self-defence, personal growth, confidence, etc.  At our dojo we train vigorously but safely, with utmost care for one another.  The practice of Aikido combines the training of the mind, body, and spirit in a single unified discipline.  Strength is not necessary; as a result, Aikido can easily be practiced by men and women of all ages.

Aikido training

There is ONLY ONE official Aikido Organization which is the International Aikido Federation/Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Make sure that when you start your Aikido journey to inquire that the the training and rankings you receive are official (IAF), otherwise you are just wasting your time. In Aikido training, most practice is done with a partner.  Each works on his or her own level of ability, alternating as Uke (attacker) and Nage (the one who receives the attack).  Both roles are stressed as each contribute skills that enhance overall sensitivity and control.  Practice is non-competitive with partners working in a cooperative manner to encourage physical, mental and spiritual growth for each other.   Aikido is now practiced by tens of thousands of people of all ages around the world.  Many Aikido students find it so rewarding they continue practicing for years and even decades.

What is a class like?

Classes are offered throughout the entire year.  What is an Aikido class like?  A newcomer to an Aikido class will notice the special atmosphere -- both welcoming and formal. Since Aikido is an ancient and formal Japanese discipline, traditional etiquette forms an important part of Aikido study. Classes begin with students bowing first to O'Sensei, Founder of Aikido, and then to sensei (teacher). Classes consist of warm-ups, Taoist Yoga breathing techniques, basic movements, concepts/principles of Aikido, and Aikido techniques (including weapons) with partners. Class ends with a bowing ceremony.

Periods of development...

Aikido is not magic; but magical transformation is always possible.  There are four major periods of development while training in Aikido:

  • Basic Technique
  • Flexible Technique
  • Flowing Technique
  • Takemusu Aiki (was the concept developed by O'Sensei of how the ultimate martial art should be, how his Aikido should be, an art which may harmonize all living beings and free techniques could be spontaneously executed.  In his later years, O'Sensei developed the more spiritual aspects of his art and even adopted the name Takemusu Tsunamori under which he left many paintings and poems.

How do I join the dojo?

If you have not trained in Aikido before, you should watch one class. Visitors are always welcome, and no appointment is necessary. Watching a class will give you the opportunity to see a variety of ages, body types, and levels of experience. 

What do I need to begin training?

Gym clothes, such as sweats, which cover your knees and elbows, are all you need. It is not necessary to purchase a uniform (gi) or wooden weapons before you start, but you should do so soon after you join the dojo.  Either a white judo or karate gi is acceptable.  The loose blue or black trousers (hakama) may be worn by anyone, but they are not required until the time that you take your first test.

Where can I get a uniform and weapons?

Please see our resources and links page for recommended suppliers. Dojo members should own at least two uniforms (gi's), as well as a complete set of weapons (wooden long sword/bokken, knife/tanto, staff/jo).

How often should I attend class?

Attending class at least twice or three times a week will tend to produce visible progress. If you are able to attend more often, you should do so.  Testing in Aikido requires continuous uninterrupted training (10 classes a month) prior to the test. Any extended interruption will reset the count. For detailed testing requirements please review the ASU Training's Handbook.

I have an old injury or chronic condition that interferes with ability to move easily. Will I be able to practice?

It depends on the nature of the injury. Generally, if you are capable of walking without assistance, you should be able to train at some level. Of course you should consult your doctor before you begin training, and discuss your condition with the chief instructor.

Can Aikido be an effective method of self-defence?

Yes, Aikido forms the basis of many law enforcement and correctional systems unarmed self-defence programs. The key to effective self-defence training is cultivating the proper attitude. Physical technique alone is not sufficient to prevail in conflict. The student of Aikido learns through practice that attack and defence are really one thing.

How long will it take to earn a black belt?

There is ONLY ONE official Aikido Organization which is the International Aikido Federation/Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Make sure that when you start your Aikido journey to inquire that the the training and rankings you receive are official (IAF), otherwise you are just wasting your time.  There are three white and three brown belt ranks (called kyu) leading up to the black belt.  You will be eligible for your first test (6 kyu) after you have had thirty hours of practice over at least three months. The typical student takes four to five years of consistent training - three to five times a week - to test for black belt. First degree black belt means that the student is now ready for serious study. For testing requirements please review the ASU Training's Handbook.  

Do you have children's classes?

No. Minimum age requirement for Aikido is 16 years of age.

What does it cost?

Basic Aikido dojo dues are € 100 per month or € 10 per class (pay as you go), plus an annual membership/insurance contribution of € 50 (NO INSURANCE NO TRAINING).  For complete dues, fees and discounts structure please refer to Dojo Dues,Fees and Discounts. Pay as you go option (€ 10 per class) does not entitle students to test past 5th kyu. Family discounts are available, please inquire if you qualify.  

"Foster and polish the warrior spirit while serving the world,
illuminate the path according to your inner light."


"The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace.
Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow.
You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.
Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter."

Morihei Ueshiba - Founder of Aikido

"I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is
the garbage man or the president of the university."
- Albert Einstein 

"A true Martial Artist is not one who fears change,
but one who causes it to happen."
- Ed Parker

"The true value of budo is to train the mind
to see clearly and maintain spiritual
- Takamatsu Sensei


Technical Director Aikido:
Philippe Gouttard Sensei, Shihan (7th Dan)
Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan

Chief Instructor and Dojo-cho:
Detlef Decker Sensei, 5th Dan
Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan

The Cork Open Centre is a holistic learning Centre offering affordable ongoing evening classes, full-day and weekend workshops, and advanced training in Aikido, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Hanmi Buddhism and Reiki.

Budo by Hiroshi Ikeda

Budo by Hiroshi Ikeda

The Cork Open Centre admits students of any race, colour, age, gender, and sexual preference to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities that are available to all members. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, age, gender, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in our educational and admissions policies. Minimum age requirement for attending Aikido classes is 16 years and for T’ai Chi Ch’uan and Chi Kung (Qigong) classes is 18 years of age. 



Ai - Love by Hiroshi Ikeda


"The Art of Peace"

Study how water flows in a valley
stream, smoothly and freely
between the rocks. Also learn from
holy books and wise people.
Everything - even mountains,
rivers, plants and trees -
should be your teacher.


Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

T'ai Chi Ch'uan 
"The Supreme Ultimate"

Knowing others is intelligence,
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength,
Mastering yourself is true power.




At least for today: 

Don't get angry.
Don't be grievous.
Express your thanks.
Be diligent in your business.
Be kind to others. 

For improvement of mind and body.
Usui Reiki Ryoho.

The Founder
Mikao Usui 


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