Steve Nardone

Steve Nardone

3rd Dan

Steve Nardone Sensei began training Aikido in 1964, having become a member of The British Aikido Association (B.A.A.). Over the next decade Steve trained under the late Cliff Gibbs Sensei, (6th Dan), the late Mike Earnshaw Sensei (4th Dan), the late Professor Bill Rankin Sensei (10th Dan Jujutsu) and the Late Ted Price Sensei. In 1976 Lancaster Aikikwai became an independent Martial Arts Club.

In addition to running the club for the last four decades, Steve has attended many training seminars with some of the highest ranked Aikido practitioners in the UK, including Terry Ezra Shihan, Don and Mary Pybus Sensei, Minoru Kanetsuka Shihan, George Aughton Sensei, Terry Bayliss Sensei, John Jenkins Sensei, Alan Ruddock Sensei, Shane Riley Sensei and also a weekend course in Paris with Steven Seagal Sensei. In addition he has attended other seminars organized by the I.A.B.C. including one with the Russian Special Forces (SPETSNAZ).

Steve is now delighted to find the club he has overseen in Lancaster since its inception now playing host to some of these same high ranked instructors, and more still from Europe and elsewhere.

Oliver Thorne

Oliver Thorne

3rd Dan Aikikai

Oliver has been practicing Aikido for over ten years on a daily basis with extensive periods of uchi deshi (live in student) in both Europe and Japan totalling more than three years.
He travels regularly to international seminars in Europe and to Japan to continue his training. Over the years he has had the great opportunity of training with some of the world’s most renowned aikido teachers.

For the several last years he has been working under the teaching and guidance of Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros Sensei (6th Dan Aikikai) with whom he maintains close ties. But he is also thankful to Bjorn Saw Sensei (5th Dan Aikikai) and Patrick Cassidy Sensei (6th Dan Aikikai) for their teachings, as well as more recently Terry Ezra Shihan (7th Dan Aikikai), and especially Ulf Evenås Shihan (7th Dan Aikikai) and Shigemi Inagaki Shihan (8th Dan Aikikai) for their insightful teachings and hospitality.

Oliver was instrumental in spearheading Lancaster Aikido Club’s adoption of the Takemusu syllabus, with a strong technical focus on basic technique and the integrated weapons systems, as developed by Morihiro Saito Shihan. Oliver also encourages the practice of jiyu waza - free flow training – and various exercises which focus on transforming consciousness to compliment systematic technical training.

He is the Technical Director of Lancaster Aikido Club and Chief Instructor at Lancaster University Aikido Club.