Eastleigh Aikido Club

Tomiki Aikido, a Sports Aikido Club

Nicole Anson

Nicole Anson - 4th Dan

Nicole has been studying Aikido for over 18 years. She was a member of the British National Squad for 12 years and has retired (sort of) to take on the role of Sports Development Officer for the BAA. She has been responsible for running all our National Aikido Competitions for the British Aikido Association for over 6 years. A qualified teacher with QTS and a degree in physical movement, Nicole's teaching style is often explorative, where students are challenged to develop their own skills and find how to optimise their own style to make Aikido effective for themselves.

Coaching Level 1
Coaching Level 2 - Module 1 - Young People
Coaching Level 2 - Module 2 - Managing Risk
Coaching Level 2 - Module 3 - Communications
Bachelor in Eduction; Secondary
Qualified Teacher Status
Valid DBS (CRB police check) through the BAA
Gareth Bottomley

Gareth Bottomley - 2nd Dan

Gareth started training at the club in 1998. He has competed both nationally and internationally over the last 10 years as part of the British Aikido Association National Squad and Team. Gareth is a well respected Aikidoka nationally. He is actively involved with teaching our children's classes too.

Coaching Level 1
Coaching Level 2 - Module 1 - Young People
Valid DBS (CRB police check) through the BAA
Graham Watts

Graham Watts - 2nd Dan

Graham has been teaching and learning martial arts for over 25 years. He has a wide and varied martial arts background which he brings to his classes. He has a flair for working with weapons and a natural ability to relate Aikido to the "every day" use. He is a charismatic personality who incorporates a broad range of martial arts styles in all his lessons.

Coaching Level 1
Coaching Level 2 - Module 1 - Young People
Coaching Level 2 - Module 2 - Managing Risk
Coaching Level 2 - Module 3 - Communications
Valid DBS (CRB police check) through the BAA
John Carpenter

John Carpenter - 2nd Dan

John started training at Eastleigh Aikido Club in 1999. He achieved his Shodan (1st Dan Black Belt) in 2005 and his 2nd Dan in 2010. John has competed in various competitions since starting and has been part of the British Aikido Association National Team for the Aikido World Championships in 2003 (Leeds) and 2009 (Kyoto). He was the Team Captain for the National Team in 2007 (Ohio, USA). John is our lead instructor for the children's classes on the Saturday.

Coaching Level 1
Coaching Level 2 - Module 1 - Young People
Coaching Level 2 - Module 2 - Managing Risk
Coaching Level 2 - Module 3 - Communications
Valid DBS (CRB police check) through the BAA
Jamie Roberts

Jamie Roberts - 2nd Dan

Jamie started practising at Eastleigh Aikido Club in 1997. Before Aikido he studied Judo from a young age. Whilst at University in 1987; he had his first introduction lesson in Aikido; which left a lasting impression. Ten years later he was launched into competitive Aikido, was training with the National Squad competing in World Championship Tournaments. In 2001 he started the Eastleigh Aikido Kids Club which has allowed him to give back to the local community. Jamie says "It is a great delight to see confidence in young people grow as they learn."

Coaching Level 1
Coaching Level 2 - Module 1 - Young People
Coaching Level 2 - Module 2 - Managing Risk
Coaching Level 2 - Module 3 - Communications
Valid DBS (CRB police check) through the BAA