The Chief Instructor, Darius Wingate-Pearse, has been involved in martial arts for almost 30 years, having casually studied Taekwondo, Karate, Kung Fu, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
He has trained exclusively in Aikido since 2000, training and teaching full -time since 2005, and is ranked Yondan (fourth degree black belt), via world Aikido headquarters, Hombu Dojo, in Tokyo, Japan. He is also a certified Shidoin (internationally-recognised teacher).
His training has included studying overseas as an uchideshi (full-time, live-in student) for approximately one year with Aikido master, TK Chiba Shihan, in 2005/06.
Gabriel Wingate-Pearse was first introduced to Aikido in 1995 when she practised for three months before being forced to abandon training. She resumed in earnest in February, 2003, and is currently ranked Sandan (third degree black belt), registered with Hombu Dojo.
Gabriel also studied as an uchideshi with TK Chiba Shihan at San Diego Aikikai, in 2005/06. Gabriel is a registered Fukushidoin (assistant instructor)
Both Darius and Gabriel are accredited level 1 Coaches with the NSW Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation, and abide by the Department’s ethics policies. All teachers are child protection screened.
Pierre Gouhier was seduced by the Aikido of Jean Liard Sensei (5th Dan) in Chartres, France, at the age of 18, after studying Judo, Karate and other martial. Pierre continued his Aikido training while studying at various universities in France.
His instructors included Alfred Vatton (4th Dan), Daniel Legros (4th Dan) and Colombe Legros (5th Dan). He has attended many seminars conducted by such senseis as Christian Tissier (7th Dan), Masotomi Ikeda (7th Dan) and Frank Noel (7th Dan).
Pierre is ranked Sandan and is a registered Fukushidoin (assistant instructor). He operates a satellite dojo of Newcastle Aikikai at the Windale PCYC on Monday and Thursday evenings.