Senior Instructor Derby Dojo.
I have been studying Aikido since early 1998, under the instruction of Chris McDonald Sensei, at the Aikikan Dojo, which was then based on Parliament Street. At that point, we were still affiliated with the Aikido Union England, under the supervision of Pat Stratford Sensei. I attended 3 classes per week, of which the Wednesday class was taken by Mr Stratford, and also on average, one weekend course per month.
I received my Instructor's Certificate through WAKO in 2006, which is when I opened my club, Usagigoya Aikido Dojo, in Mickleover, Derby. The Dojo is now based in the City Centre of Derby. I taught Aikido at the Britannia Mill campus of the University of Derby (which was affiliated with the university through the UDSU), where I studied for a degree in Complementary Therapies: Shiatsu.
I have also attended classes and courses with Robert Marsay-Rokudan, Janet McDonald-Yondan, JohnShields-Godan and Barry Gibson-Godan, Peter Brown-Rokudan and Kevan Ginns-Godan. I currently visit Kyu Shin Kan Dojo in Leicester once every 2 weeks, and attend courses when I am able to.
I have attended several International Courses, which have been instructed by Tanaka Shigeho-Meiyo Kancho, Tao Norio-Bugaku Shihan, Christian Tissier Shihan and Kobayashi Yukimitsu Shihan.
I have also been very lucky to have had the chance to visit Japan, and during this time was able to train alongside other aikidoka in the Meiji Jingu Budo Dojo Shiseikan in classes taught by Tanaka Shigeho, Inaba Minoru-Kancho, Tao Norio, Yamada Shihan and Sasada Shihan. During the trip to Japan, an invitation was given for our group to visit the Aikikai Hombu Dojo, where we were allowed to watch a class on the upper floor, followed by a private talk with Ueshiba Moriteru Doshu, the current leader of the Aikikai (and the grandson of the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei-O Sensei).
I recently took my Shodan grading through the UKA, under the supervision of Peter Brown Shihan and Kyu Shin Kan House, where I continue to visit as often as I can, to better continue my studies of Aikido.
I am a Level 1 Coach, as recognised by the BAB, who are the only Aikido Association recognised by Sport England.