Starting with judo, boxing and karate, Robert continued to study many different styles of Martial Arts from a young age. He has achieved a 5th Dan black belt in Kickboxing, a black belt in Freestyle Karate, a black belt in Kenpo and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Competitively, Robert has won many titles including several World medals. Robert currently competes as a professional mma fighter as well as in nogi BJJ. He's a level 3 certified Machine MMA instructor under Ian 'The Machine' Freeman. Robert is one of very few professional Martial Arts instructors in this country and he is also involved with several T.V. & film projects.
Louise is the regional manager of MAI. She originally took up Martial Arts and Kickboxing to keep fit and she never realised that she would be making a career out of it. Louise loves Kickboxing, MMA training and sparring as well as talking to everyone at the Dojos. Louise has won a bronze medal at the US Open World Championships and she has also won at amateur MMA. Louise is a great role model because she successfully proves that women can do it too and just as good.
Declan is one of the only people in this country to have represented Ireland in both Traditional Karate and Kickboxing. Declan has achieved a black belt in Shotokan, a 4th Dan black belt in Kickboxing and a black belt in Sport Karate. Declan has been around the block having studied Martial Arts for over 30 years! He has been teaching Martial Arts for the past 20 years and his enthusiasm is contagious. Declan has been there, done that and is now wearing the T-shirt!
Eddie Lawlor started in the kids classes and progressed through the teens and onto the Black Belt Program where he gained great experience as an apprentice instructor and then as an assistant instructor. He has literally grown up within MAI which is why he has a mature head on young shoulders. Eddie is a very well developed all around martial artist who has such a positive energy and friendly attitude. Eddie's students have all had great results and he's greatly looking forward to helping new members towards their goals.
Despite his quiet exterior, Stephen is a powerhouse at the Dojo. He takes part in everything and is always at the top of the rankings. He exudes calmness and friendliness. Stephen is a true 'tough guy' on the inside but he never tries to show it on the outside. If you met Stephen outside the Dojo, you wouldn't ever guess he is as good as he is. Listen to Stephen and you will definitely do well.
Sinead has risen through the MAI ranks the old fashioned way, with lots of hard work. Her committment to the Dojo is unparalleled and she can be seen training in many different classes from Cardio Kickboxing to Sparring. Sinead is an accomplished competitor and she has made amazing improvements since she first started. Sinead has competed many times and she has won at amateur MMA too. Sinead is looking forward to helping others make the same progress.
Val started training at MAI at an age when most people are giving up sports. He put in a lot of hard work over his years of training to achieve his black belt. Val is a very motivated coach who exudes energy. It's hard to believe that he's a grandad several times over. Val takes the Friday lunch time classes at MAI D.7.
James is the right hand man in D15 and he's hoping to go for his Black Belt very soon but he's never rushed the grades. His never quit attitude has brought him competitive success in points, continuous, ju-jitsu, mma and grappling. James loves the Dojo banter and has one of the biggest smiles in the club.
Bad Boy Barry is an imposing figure at MAI but he's always up for the craic at the dojo. Barry has been around since the start of MAI and both he and the club have grown from strength to strength. Barry likes to train hard and amongst his achievements is a silver medal from the WKC World Championships.
Derek started his martial arts training when we taught a course at his secondary school. He's achieved many things in Martial Arts over the years including being the first MAI 2nd Dan Black Belt. Derek is an extremely technical Martial Artist which is no surprise as he's also the most educated MAI instructor. He specialises in teaching syllabus and getting the best out of people at belt gradings.
Louise is a long term martial artist and she has been with MAI for a good few years. She has achieved a Black Belt in ju-jitsu and a brown belt in Kickboxing. Louise hasn't rushed her belt gradings as she believes in perfecting technique. Louise has also competed many times and also won at amateur MMA.
Martin has a wealth of martial arts experience and a super coaching personality. His analytical mind combined with his physical abilities and positive, relaxed attitude means that he's an ideal instructor to learn from. Martin loves sparring as well as syllabus and self-defence and you will too if you get the opportunity to train with him.
Gary was training at M.A.I. and in various martial arts forms for over 10 years before deciding to embark on the structured journey of belt grades. Due to his time training, Gary has gotten through the belts with ease and is currently about to grade for black belt. He has trained in Thailand and he's also gotten a lot of experience teaching fitness boxing. We're delighted Gary's teaching our Friday 7pm class at Dublin 7.