Instruction at Malvern Aikido is organised by Sensei Paul Adkins. We regularly invite other senseis to come and teach on a regular basis as this varies the learning experience: read more about our Guest Instructors at Malvern Aikido.
All teachers at Malvern Aikido give their time freely to help aikidoka (aikido practitioners) to improve: they do not receive any financial payment for their time spent in the dojo. Aikido teachers are usually referred to as Sensei (‘teacher’).
Paul Adkins Sensei (初 1st Dan So Hombu)
Dojo Cho, Club Chairman & Club Coach
Paul’s martial arts journey began as a teenager when he joined a wado-ryu karate club in Birmingham in 1978. Later he started practicing judo at the Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham under Sensei Brian Rowlands and later at a judo club in Harborne. He has also practiced a little Jiu Jitsu. After some time away from martial arts Paul began practicing aikido in 1993 and immediately warmed to this style of martial art: ideal from both technical and spiritual perspectives. Paul steadily made his way through the grading system and achieved the grade of Shodan in April 2007, having been examined by the British Ki-Aikido Association’s Chief Instructor at the time, David Currie. In August 2016 Paul achieved the grade of Shodan 初 from Shihan Yukimitsu Kobayashi.
Paul takes a thoughtful and considerate approach to how he teaches aikido: it has taken a long time to learn and he has recognised there are quite a lot of short climbs followed by long plateaus. Progress takes time, but everything Paul thought he would never learn has gradually became second nature. Pauls personal aim is to study for a Hombu-dojo Shodan (1st Dan) in 2015.
Steve Roe Sensei (初 1st Dan So Hombu)
Club Secretary & Club Coach
Steve started training in aikido in 1998 with Sensei Brian Smith at Swansea Aikido Club prior to joining Malvern Aikido Club in 2001. He trained for many years with Senseis Ian Hollman, Paul Adkins and Matt Pilott. Steve regularly travels to aikido dojos to broaden his aikido experiences and understanding. He has most recently trained with Shihan Kobayashi, Shihan Matthew Holland (7th Dan, Aikikai Foundation, Tokyo), Shidoin Peter Gillard, (6th Dan, Aikikai Foundation, Tokyo), Sensei Allan Hagan (5th Dan, Aikikai Foundation, Tokyo) and Sensei Russell Milton (4th Dan, Aikikai Foundation, Tokyo). Steve has also trained in Karate under Master Mitsusuke Harada for three years. In August 2016 Ivelin achieved the grade of Shodan 初 from Shihan Yukimitsu Kobayashi.
Steve has a positive approach to his aikido training – seeking to make steady and regular progress, and encouraging others to do likewise. Steve brings his non-aikido experience of training and teaching others to the mat.
Ivelin (Ivan) Boyadzhiev Sensei (初 1st Dan So Hombu)
Ivelin started Aikido training in 2001 in a small club in the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria and he joined Malvern Aikido in 2011. Since 2008 in Bulgaria he has been involved teaching childrens and young peoples clases (age 8 to 15) and adults.
Ivelin enjoys the practical side of Aikido and high fitness standards: in Bulgaria he trained for 5 days a week for over 10 years. He believes it is important to introduce children to sport and active training at early age and guide them to help develop new skills and physical wellness. Always mindful of etiquette and safety, he is open to new training ideas. He also enjoys collaborative learning within the dojo. He likes to surprise his students with something unexpected!
In 2010 Ivelin received the grade of Shodan 初 under an independent 4th Dan instructor from Japan but seeking a Hombu qualification, in August 2016 Ivelin achieved the grade of Shodan 初 from Shihan Yukimitsu Kobayashi.
Don Morgan Shihan (6th Dan, Aikikai Foundation, Tokyo) – 2013-present
Ian McClarence Shihan (6th Dan, Aikikai Foundation, Tokyo) – 2015-present
Peter Gillard Shidoin (6th Dan, Aikikai Foundation, Tokyo) – 2014-present
Russell Milton Fukushidoin (4th Dan, Aikikai Foundation, Tokyo) – 2014-present
Nick Belshaw Sensei (3rd Dan, Aikikai Foundation, Tokyo) – 2015-present
Andy King Fukushidoin (4th Dan, Aikikai Foundation, Tokyo) – 2014-2015
Allan Hagan Fukushidoin (5th Dan, Aikikai Foundation, Tokyo) – 2014-2015
Brian Smith Shidoin (5th Dan, Aikikai Foundation, Tokyo) – 2013
Jim Klar Sensei (4th Dan, Cleveland Aikikai) – 2009-2015
Jim Mealings Sensei (3rd Dan, British Birankai) – 2011-2013
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