Adrian (2nd Dan Aikikai) is an instructor at West Cumbria Aikido. He is also the club COVID-19 Officer.
Adrian started aikido in 1994 under the direction of Geoff Flather Sensei of Banyu Hatten Aikido (BHA) and was awarded his shodan (1st dan blackbelt) in January 1999. Later that year he moved to West Cumbria and established the first aikido club in St Bees where he taught for a number of years. In 2004, due to back problems, he retired from aikido.
In early 2018, and at just over 50, Adrian returned to aikido joining West Cumbria Aikido and received his shodan in takemusu aikido from Francois Chidiac Sensei of the International Takemusu Aikido Federation (ITAF) in summer 2019.
Adrian has been a member of Traditional Aikido Europe (TAE) since October 2018. He trains extensively with the TAE clubs in Lancaster and Wolverhampton (takemusu style), with which he has very close ties. He attends numerous TAE weekend seminars and summer schools with Lewis Bernaldo de Quirós, 6th Dan Aikikai (Lewis trained full-time under the late Morihiro Saito Sensei from 1986 until 1993 in the Iwama Dojo in Japan). He also attends daily asageiko (morning training) with Michael Ormerod (3rd Dan Aikikai) via the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo. In July 2020, at summer camp in Swizerland, Adrian successfully tested under Lewis for his shodan and then in Motril in Spain for his nidan in October 2021. These are Aikikai registered grade.
Adrian is a British Aikido Board (BAB) Coaching Level 1 certified (no. BAB 005246 - dated 28/04/19) and insured instructor. See our weekly training page for class schedules.