Meet Our Instructors

We have over 200 years collective experience in the practice and teaching of Aikido .

Vince Thompson

Vince Thompson

8th Dan, Hanshi. Club Founder

I started Mirfield Martial Arts Club in 1974 on a Sunday night in a gym at Ravensthorpe Boys Club.

Roger Bawcutt

Roger Bawcutt

7th Dan

Aikido is challenging, great fun and addictive. That’s why I’m still here teaching and learning almost 40 years later. 

Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton

4th Dan, Club Secretary

I started aikido in 1991 , got hooked immediately and never looked back.Aikido is not just a great defensive martial art but can influence your outlook on life.

Steve Moore

Steve Moore

4th Dan, Club Chairman

MMAC is a special place and I’m proud to be an Instructor and Chairman. As well as great training, we have a great culture and you can’t help but make good friends

Phil Dobson

Phil Dobson

3rd Dan

I have studied martial arts in some form all of my adult life. I discovered Mirfield Martial Arts Club and Aikido about 10 years ago. It’s a great place to train and make friends.

David Hall

David Hall

2nd Dan

Took my two boys to the kids class in 2007 to learn a self defence martial art, and I became transfixed watching the calm and serene flowing motions of the techniques. Decided I had to give it a go, and never stopped. Now I run the kids class, go figure!.

Charlie Cox

Charlie Cox

1st Dan

I began Aikido at the late age of 57 and got my 1st dan 10 years later. Began as a means to keep fit…  and if it helped in a difficult situation that would be a bonus

Greg Lambert

Greg Lambert

1st Dan, Club Treasurer

It’s a pleasure to teach the junior class. Its enjoyable to watch the children grow in technique and confidence.

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