Meet our Instructors

Sensei Paul Drake

4th dan instructor at NIA Aikido Association. British Aikido Board (BAB) Coach Level 1. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked for working with children and vulnerable adults and BAB first aider.

Sensei Drake started practising Aikido in the mid nineties at the NIA with the Aikido Fellowship. He was awarded 1st dan by Shihan Ralph Reynolds in 1997, achieving 3rd dan five years later. After a break, due to work overseas, he returned to Aikido with Shihan Kevin Christie. He was graded and successfully achieved his 4th dan in 2015.

Sensei Anselm Taylor

3rd dan instructor at NIA Aikido Association. British Aikido Board (BAB) Coach Level 1. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked for working with children and vulnerable adults and BAB first aider.

A lover of martial arts. Sensei Taylor started Karate for pratical purposes in 1976 then focused strictly on the Wado-ryu style, achieving his 1st Dan in 1990. He then focused on competition officiating, acquiring the level of both National and International qualified Kumite and Kata referee and judge respectively.

His search continued, and in 1994, he started Aikido under Shihan Ralph Reynolds at AF Birmingham sport centre and at the local NIA club under then Sensei Kevin Christie. After achieving Sho Dan in 1997 from Shihan Reynolds, he proceeded to travel and practiced under teachers such as Osamu Obata Sensei, Sensei Tissier, Sensei Donavan Waite and many others. His experiences enhanced his love for Aikido and its philosophy.

He believes Wado-ryu Karate really blends well with Aikido.

Sensei Mohammed Hanif

2nd Dan instructor at NIA Aikido Association. British Aikido Board (BAB) Coach Level 1. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked for working with children and vulnerable adults and BAB first aider.

(Currently not practicing)

Sensei Graeme Nelson

2nd dan and instructor at NIA Aikido Association. British Aikido Board (BAB) Coach Level 1. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked for working with children and vulnerable adults. Health and Safety Executive(HSE) and BAB first aider.

Sensei Nelson began practising traditional Aikido in 1986 with the Lancashire Aikikai under the direction of the late Marion Mucha Sensei and Sensei Mike Lloyd. Work commitments have allowed him to travel and train with many Aikido associations across UK and around the world. He received his shodan (1st dan) while training with the Hungarian Aikido Foundation under the direction of Masatake Fujita Shaihan, Michael Gollo Shihan, and Janos Juhasz Sensei .

After returning to the UK, Sensei Nelson joined the NIA Aikido Association in 2012 and received his nidan (2nd dan) from Shihan Christie in 2016.