Darren Bond

Sensei, CL1 Instructor, 2nd Dan 

David Hutchings

CL1 Instructor, 2nd Dan

I discovered Aikido around 2010 after looking for a local Martial Arts club for my son as a confidence building excercise. I took him to an Epsom based Aikido club and was immediately intrigued as I had never seen Aikido before coming from a boxing background.

After taking him for many months I was invited to join in and haven't looked back since.

During this time I meet Darren and started to attend his club as well, this allowed me to train in different techniques and meet these amazing people. 

Aikido Spirit was hugely influential in me obtaining my 1st and 2nd Dan, so much so that to now be a part of the team is an absolute honor.

Its always an amazing experience progressing through your belts/Dan grades but for me to see the growth in others that I have helped teach is as rewarding.

Alex Greene

CL1 Instructor, 1st Dan

His passion Aikido began when he left university in 1994. Having always wanted to try a martial art but never knowing which and previously not having had the time, a conversation with a very close friend resulted in him being taken along to an Aikido lesson and straight onto the mat. From that moment he was hooked.

As a member of Tolworth Ki Aikido club he achieved his 1st Dan in just four years, benefiting from a fantastic Sensei and a small group of higher grades and his close friend who helped speed up his learning considerably. A combination of his Sensei moving, loss of a location for the club and becoming a Dad saw him stop practicing.

In 2014 he took his 3 children to an Aikido class near the family's home in Chessington, Greater London, since a number of their friends were attending and they were keen to try it. This was Aikido Spirit and was how he met Darren. As soon as Darren found out he had previously practiced Aikido, it only took a bit of persuasion to get him to join.

The sense of achievement he felt gaining his 1st Dan has been surpassed by seeing adults and particularly the children/teenagers of the club progress, not least his two daughters and son. Being a part of all their learning whether as a partner, Sempei or on a grading committee is a great honour and privilege.

Anthony Fletcher

CL1 Instructor, 1st Dan

So...... my name is Anthony, I'm proud to be part of Spirit Aikido's team. A little bit about me. You love long walks in the park and musicals......... sorry I had to.

The bottom line in one sentence is "I love Aikido". I started my Aikido journey in 1995 in north Manchester and then college and beer and girls got in the way and I went to uni. 

Then I settled down and had a family and came back to Aikido with the same club. Then I moved to Surrey and started training with Spirit Aikido. In 2018 I passed my first Dan which was one of the biggest achievement of my life.

 I'm not the smallest of guys and it really wasn't an easy task. But with the support of Sensei Darren, Alex, Dave and Adrian I passed. 

I'm now training for my second Dan.

 Oh and I'm not saying I'm batman, but you've never seen me and batman in the same room together.