Kai Shin Kai Officer

Bill Harris

Chief Instructor / Examiner

Bill Harris

Bill started Aikido some forty plus years ago. His current is status 7th Dan, Chief Instructor / Examiner.
Aikido changes everyone's life and it is constantly in your thoughts - I believe it helps to make you a better person. The practice of Aikido brings friendships from differing walks of life and many of these friendships remain lifelong and have enriched my life.

Vincent Sumpter

Treasurer / Technical Advisor

Vincent Sumpter

Born in August 1943, Vincent started his aikido in 1974 at the Aikikai Foundation Headquarters, Hombu Dojo, Japan, under the instruction of Shihan Seijiro Masuda (8th Dan). Graded to Shodan in 1977 (Certificate signed by Kisshomaru Ueshiba, [the then] Doshu of Hombu Dojo and the IAF), Vincent left Japan in August 1977 and on return to England commenced regular practice at Oxford University under Sensei Minoru Kanetsuka (7th Dan). He was Graded to Nidan in 1987 (Certificate signed by Kisshomaru Ueshiba). In 1986 he joined the Kai Shin Kai and was graded to Sandan in 1988, Yondan in 1990 (these grades are authenticated by the Japan Aikido Association [JAA]), Godan in 1997, and Rokudan in 2009. Vincent teaches regularly at venues throughout the UK and Europe; being a Guest instructor at the LEEDS BAA Tomiki Summer School, each year between 1991 and 2005, and an annual visitor to our KSK clubs in Italy since 1989. He has also made a number of trips to Minsk, Belarussia, where he taught Bokken and Jo- jutsu to the Aikikai registered group there. His wider aikido c.v. includes his being Secretary of the British Aikido Association from 1987 to 1994 and registrar of the Kai Shin Kai from 1994 to 2004. He was Chairman of the British Aikido Board, the NGB for aikido in the UK; from 2002 to 2014. The Board looks after the interests of around 50 independent aikido groups with a total student membership of just under 10,000.

Steve Lindsey

Deputy Chief Instructor

Steve Lindsey

I started my journey in Aikido in Newport in September 1974, under the instruction of Sensei Graham Thomas. At this time the club was a member of the Gwent Aikikai and associated to the British Aikikai under overall direction of Sensei Ken Williams. The Newport Club stayed with Sensei Williams when he aligned with Tohei Sensei after the formation of the Ki No Kenkukai, and remained with him when he left to form the Ki Federation of Great Britain 10 years later. I graded to 1st Dan under Sensei Williams in Feb 1989 and took over the teaching of Aikido in the Newport Club when my brother, who was 4th Dan at the time, moved out of the area and opened the Newbury Aikido Club early in 1990. I graded to 2nd Dan under Sensei Williams two years later in February 1991. The Newbury and Newport clubs disassociated with the Ki Federation in 1992 and the Ninkukai Aikido Association was formed under the direction of Sensei Mike Lindsey. I graded to 3rd Dan in May 1995. In 1997, myself and the Newport Club aligned with the Kai Shin Kai, and thus with the British Aikido Board, where we hopefully will remain. I graded to 4th Dan under Senseis Mike Smith and Bill Harris in October 2002, and was awarded my 5th Dan by Sensei Bill Harris in April 2010. During this time I have had the pleasure of training with some wonderful Aikidoka all across the UK and also Italy, Canada and Cuba.
I was happy with Shomeuchi Iriminage in 1976 but it’s been all downhill since then...

Nigel Vaughan

Deputy Chief Instructor

Nigel Vaughan

Nigel started Aikido in 1979 with Fred Mills at the Bridge Hall Centre in Reading, but after two years his job moved to London and so he trained with Roy Shepherd at the Ealing Youth Judokwai. After seven years, he and his family moved back to Reading and as an Ikkyu he returned to Fred Mills who, by now was teaching at Bulmershe Leisure Centre. Sadly, Fred died in 2011. For many years, Nigel trained regularly with two other Reading sensei; Stefan Kristiaan and Tom Fisher, who broadened his Aikido, as only two young bloods could! Stefan introduced him to sensei from France, Germany and Romania, with whom they both trained at international courses, where Nigel is now a regular instructor. Nigel has since being invited to instruct in France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Scotland and Spain. Although he runs a club at Twyford Youth and Community Centre on Friday nights, he still trains at Bulmershe - now taught by his friend Craig Hargreaves, showing his strong belief that you can always learn more. .

Phil Griffin

Registrar

Phil Griffin

I’ve been trying to study aikido since I was 21, having seen an haunting example of the art at 13. I finally encountered a club whilst in Lincolnshire. Now, having firmly migrated down South (it’s not much warmer, but it rains a little less) I also fulfil the role of Registrar for the KSK. A suggestion from Sensei Bill over 7 years ago... be wary of suggestions from Sensei!! Regrettably, I now both instruct and attend the pub to dissect those sessions much less often; but the Aikido quest still goes on...

Child Protection Officer

Child Protection Officer

Deirdre Taylor

Deirdre started her Aikido in Sep 2007 joining the Aylesbury Club. She achieved her black belt in April 2014 thanks to the patient encouragement of her sensei Bill Harris, Brian and Russell, club members and instructors at the courses throughout the years - showing that aikido truly is a partnership!!

Coaching Officer

Association Coach Tutor / CLO

Martyn Tyas

Martyn started his Aikido training in 1993 with Sensei Vincent Sumpter in Witney having been inspired by watching Steven Segal in the film Nico.

Martyn founded the Bicester Club 1997 but still continued to train under Vincent until 2005 when he took over the running of the Bicester club.

He gained his 1st kyu (brown belt) whist training in Italy in 1999.
Since then he has trained and taught in Italy on several occasions. He gained his Shodan (black belt) in 2000, Nidan in 2005, Sandan in April 2009, and most recently Yondan in April 2015.

Martyn still continues to teach and emphasise the importance of weapons, in the same way he was taught by his sensei and believes that this training shows the true essence of Aikido.

Coaching Officer

Association Coach Tutor

Brian Horsler

Brian assists in the running of Aylesbury club and is presently 4th dan. He also is very gentle in his technique considering who taught him.

Bob Salloway

Web Admin

Bob Salloway

Bob started his Aikido around 1981, taught by Sensei Andy Wadey of Mill Hill Club who in turn was taught by Sensei Mike Smith 7th Dan (currently head of the Ju Shin Kai Aikido Association, an autonomous group within the BAA). He was awarded with his black belt in 1991. Mike subsequently formed an association outside the BAA called the Kai Shin Kai, of which the club remains a member, which awarded him his 2nd dan in 2006 and his 3rd dan in 2010. He started Pinner club in November 1995 and is a BAB Coach Level 3.