"This is not 'My' Dojo,
This is 'Our'Dojo!"
(Senior Instructor to AKD)
"Having previously trained for around 10 years at several different dojos under SEKU and KUGB associations, I discovered Rui's dojo in 2000 and have been training with him for over 15 years now.
I have found the journey we have made as a club hugely beneficial to my Karate: the focus on reality training, 'What-if' scenarios, grappling, weapons defence and bunkai, whilst always remembering and referring back to our roots in traditional karate, provides great balance as a club, whether for Dan grades or relative beginners.
Rui's experience of real life scenarios from his career in security and involvement in law enforcement is invaluable, and he has built a club where people look after each other as a 'family', where we seriously test each others' abilities, but where egos are left outside the dojo."
"I first started training in 1994, I had wanted to learn a Martial Art for a long time and Rui invited me to train at his dojo. 21 years on and I'm still training!
Sometimes after a long day at work it's a real effort to make the trip and these are the times I remember why I love our dojo: The traditions and discipline of Karate, which Rui has combined with an open-minded, modern approach and clear, patient explanations of the techniques and the practical ways in which they might be applied and adapted; and most importantly, the support and encouragement of Rui and the rest of the dojo family, both outside as well as inside the dojo.
I always feel alive and refreshed after training."
"The thirteen years that I have been training with Rui (Sensei) have been great. I have learnt so much.
At the end of each class you feel rejuvenated and "psyched" with your brain thinking hard about what you have just learnt.
"I have been involved in Martial Arts from a very young age and trained for over ten years in Shotokan Karate.
In 1998 I moved to London and had the privilege of regular training under my close friend Rui Marques for five years. In this time under Rui Sensei, I was further able to explore my interest in the practical side of Martial Arts and was introduced to the F.E.D.S System of Fighting and the A.K.D. This is a very practical system which uses easy and effective physical and verbal techniques that can be used by the public in Self Defence for Personal Protection.
While in London, I worked both personal and event security with Rui and since moving back to Ireland I've been running my own door crew in various clubs and bars, so I have first hand experience of how effective the F.E.D.S. System is and these principles are taught to all my door staff."
Derek Cromwell (Chief Instructor - Irish Self Defence Association)
"With the ever increasing media coverage of violence in today's society, I often felt I should be better prepared, heaven forbid should such an occasion present itself. Over the years, I have tried different clubs and instructors, but alas I felt intimidated by the white suits, different colored belts and the testosterone associated with the whole thing, you know what I mean, you walk in and everyone looks at you, and you just know they're thinking 'Ah...fresh meat!!'
Trust me when I say, the A.K.D. was nothing like this, from the moment I walked in I was made to feel welcome by everyone, it doesn't matter whether you're male, female or whether you have ever done this sort of thing before. The classes, well they can cover all sorts, I won't spoil it for you, come along and find out for yourself. You walk away feeling that you have actually learnt something practical, not only this... but they're fun!
Hope to see you there; I'm the one in the corner with all the bruises....only kidding!!!"