CHIEF INSTRUCTOR – 3RD DAN AIKIKAI
Michael Ormerod began his training in Aikido at the age of 15 in the UK. He has trained extensively throughout Europe and under taken an intensive training period in Japan under the guidance of Hiroki Nemoto Sensei (7th Dan) and training in the Founder’s Dojo and Hombu Dojo. In 2016 he began a full time apprenticeship under his teacher Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros (6th Dan), training in the Takemusu Aikido Motril Dojo and attending seminars as assistant. Michael has over 10 years of teaching experience, and in January 2018 he established Takemusu Aikido Orgiva, offering classes to children and adults. In 2019 Michael received the rank of Sandan (3rd Dan) from the Aikikai in Japan, Tokyo.
“I was drawn to the ideal of cooperative learning rooted in training methods designed to ‘toughen the body, and polish the spirit’, and practicing in an environment where only total concentration was enough. I am searching for a way of moving that is functional and efficient – with the quality of ‘liquid steel’. My motto for Aikido training is Samuel Beckett’s: Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.”
LEWIS BERNALDO DE QUIROS
TECHINICAL DIRECTOR – 6TH DAN AIKIKAI
Lewis Bernaldo de Quirós trained full time under
the late Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th Dan) from 1986
until 1993 in the Iwama Dojo in Japan. Since returning from Japan he has taught Aikido on a full time basis and to date has conducted well over 300 international seminars.
He is the senior instructor and examiner on behalf of Hombu Dojo of a European network of Dojos (Traditional Aikido Europe) committed to developing, researching and transmitting the style of Aikido known as Takemusu Aikido, which was
transmitted directly to Morihiro Saito Sensei from the Founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba during his more than 23 years as a direct student at the
Founder ’s Dojo in Iwama Japan.
Lewis is the Dojo Cho of Takemusu Aikido Motril (Granada – Spain) and Technical Director of both Traditional Aikido Europe (TAE) and Takemusu
Aikido Tradicional España (TATE) .