Pagodas Temple martial arts centre was started by Chris Hickey, fourth degree dan black belt, the highest graded judo black belt in the west of Ireland. Hickey always wanted to have his own dojo (training centre ) where he could pass his skill and knowledge on to others with a passion for the martial arts. This is due largely to the training and mentoring he received travelling around the world, representing Ireland at the highest judo level.
There are very few purpose built dojos (martial art training centres ) in the country. Galway is very fortunate to have a state of the art centre located at Unit 27, Oldenway Business Park, on the Monivea road in Ballybrit.
PTMAC is home not only for judo, but also for a number of other martial arts disciplines and training. There are the four main Japanese martial arts of aikido, karate, ju-jitsu, and judo, the Korean martial art of taekwon-do, and combat sambo, a Russian martial art. The South American martial art of muaykensan is from Chile; this is new to Ireland and is a mixed martial arts style which has become very popular as a result of the UFC championship (cage fighting ). The centre also offers kenpo karate, kickboxing, tai chi, chi kung, and bodybuilding.
Pagodas Temple also has self-defence classes for women and dance classes for all. The state of the art gym room is attended by highly qualified and experienced instructors. It is now starting morning classes in yoga and Pilates, and a playroom is available for children.
A full time nuero muscular therapist is available, and booking in advance is advisable.
PTMAC is now a veritable one stop shop for martial arts enthusiasts throughout Galway. Highly qualified and experienced experts in the various disciplines will be in attendance to demonstrate their skills and they will be happy to answer any queries you may have.
All ages are invited to attend. The PTMAC has currently has members as young as three months in the Tinytalk classes and also holds many classes for active retirement groups.
Whatever you want from a martial art, fitness training, and life coaching, you will find it at the Pagodas Temple, a family friendly and fun centre for people of all ages and abilities.