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.