I started aikido at the relatively mature age of 22, having finally
finished university and found some free time. Lured by an article on
aikido in the local newspaper, I was promised something different from
my stereotyped view of martial arts and I was not disappointed. My
instructor, Katie Noad of the Keishinkan dojo Western Australia, said
I took to it like a duck to water.
In the following three years I rarely missed a session, was awarded
shodan, had competed in Japan, quit my job, and was packing my bags to
live in Osaka and train at hombu dojo. Great times!
Although having starting aikido in Australia, I am now a happily
adopted Londoner. Here in the UK, I am thrilled at the fantastic
standard of aikido, the breadth of members across the country, and the
consistency of teaching with that of Japan.
Check out my aikido CV here.