All Lancashire Aikikai instructors hold Coaching Qualifications of the national governing body the BAB

Hephzi Yohannan 3rd Dan, BAB Coach Level 1 & Young People

Aikido throw executed by Hephzi

Inspired by being taken to see Kurosawa’s film “The Seven Samurai” as a child, when I first heard of Aikido I knew that I wanted to do it, even though I hadn’t even seen it.

After ten years searching I found Andrew Baird Sensei was opening a class almost on my back doorstep. I attended the opening night of what became the Trafford Aikido Club, of the Lancashire Aikikai – and haven’t looked back since.

I have studied under my teacher, Sensei Andrew Baird, since 1989; and with other Instructors in the Lancashire Aikikai. I became an Assistant Coach in 1994, 1st Dan in 1997 and 2nd Dan in 2002. I hold the British Aikido Board Coach Level 1 Award, and am working towards Coach Level 2.

In 2010 I had the great good fortune, with a group of friends from the Aikikai, to visit Japan, where we were able to practice Aikido in the country of its origin and make new friends.



Marco Ford 2nd Dan BAB Coach Level 1

Marco showing a kneeling technique

Hephzi doing Aikido


Hephzi showing a kneeling


Marco doing Aikido


Marco showing a throw