My martial arts career started in the 1970’s when I practiced Judo for five years. I joined the White Rose Aikido Association in 1982. My focus was always on Aikido and not grading. I graded to Shodan in 1992, and after discussions and agreement with Sensei Riley I started the Halifax class in 1993, and was the senior instructor for 9 years. Further gradings were:- Nidan – 1994, Sandan – 1997, Yondan – 2005. I was promoted to Godan in 2009.