I began my training in martial arts as a 17 year old, studying in various martial arts receiving gradings.
Later I moved to Western Australia for several months and studied Hapkido under an 8th Dan Korean master. When I returned to Auckland looking for a Hapkido dojang, I was unable to find a club.
I first learned about Aikido when he first saw a Steven Seagal movie. By chance a short time later I was passing the Northcote YMCA and saw an Aikido class by Mike Stanford Sensei. I was so impressed with Mikes’ teachings that I joined immediately. While studying under the NZ Ki Society I received the rank of Sandan. I followed Mike to Aikido Yuishinkai.
While studying Aikido, I received gradings in Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Willow School of Jujitsu, Arnis-de-mano Philipino Stick fighting and also trained many years in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iiado.
In October 2016 I resigned as Chief Instructor Yuishinkai New Zealand 7th Dan to become the New Zealand Chief Instructor of Tenshin Global New Zealand.
“Having studied and observed many martial systems, for me Aikido is a study of solid mind and body. It is a practical means of handling aggression and is a way of life that develops fearlessness, wisdom, tolerance and friendship”