Instructors can impart only a fraction of the teaching. It is through your own devoted practice that the mysteries of the Art of Peace are brought to life ( Morihei Ueshiba ).

Simon McAsey
Simon began his study of Aikido in the autumn of 1981, and while still a novice (Kyu grade) he attended seminars conducted by the late Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei. Although he only spent a relatively short time directly experiencing Yamaguchi Sensei’s aikido, it left an indelible impression upon him and became the foundation for decades of later training. He has also had the privilege of attending many seminars with Seishiro Endo Sensei, Takeshi Yamashima Sensei, Terry Ezra Sensei, as well as many other eminent teachers, and owes debt of gratitude for their generosity, guidance and patience.

Whilst mainly residing and practicing in the North West of England, he has also trained in varies countries throughout Europe as well as Hombu Dojo (Tokyo).  

Simon continues to study the art diligently and regularly accepts invitations to teach outside of his home dojo, where he endeavours to share experience spanning almost four decades of practice.

John Stephens

John has practiced Aikido for 25 years and taught for 10. He enjoys every opportunity to share the joy of Aikido with others and to try and understand more as he does so.

This Haiku poem offers an insight into my approach to practice:


‘ Calm, clear and empty
  Aspiring first contact
  Crash, smile, try again.’

David Francis

David started training whilst at the University of York and, serendipitously, met Simon McAsey whilst on Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei’s seminars in Oxford in the late 80’s. In the intervening years he has been grateful for the teaching of Masters Nobuyoshi Tamura, Seishiro Endo, Dan Messisco, and Takeshi Yamashima. He has travelled variously to Europe and Japan for training and additional influences have been Shinjuro Narita Sensei and Yoshinobu Takeda Sensei. He lives in Derbyshire with several shiba inu who simply refuse to take him seriously.