Hanshi Jayne Phelps - President and Chief Instructor of the Aikido Fellowship of Great Britain.
Hanshi Phelps started practicing Aikido in 1974 at the Birmingham Athletics institute (BAI), which was then the Headquarters of Aikido Fellowship of Great Britain. Hanshi practiced 6 days per week at Aikido Fellowship clubs and acheived the coveted First Dan (Black Belt) in 1976. Hanshi Phelps continued to train consistently under the tutelage of Shihan Ralph Reynolds until his passing in 2006, and is the longest serving student of Shihan Ralph Reynolds with over 32 years of unbroken study of aikido under Shihan.
Hanshi is now Head of the Aikido Fellowship of Great Britain and was awarded the coveted title of 'Hanshi' by The Fellowship in 2009; Hanshi is dedicated to continuing Shihan Reynolds unique style of aikido which is true aikido magic in its purist form.
Hanshi's teaching career started in 1978 and continues to this day; currently Hanshi teaches advance level aikido classes and aikido events at the Ralph Reynolds Aikido Academy, which is the Headquarters of the Aikido Fellowship of Great Britain. Outside of the Aikido Fellowship of Great Britain Hanshi is one of the highest graded female Aikidoka in the world and is highly respected throughout the UK aikido world. In 1990 Hanshi qualified as the British Aikido Board Coach Tutor, and served the British Aikido board in various posts in particular as the BAB finance office for over 5 years, during this time Hanshi revolutionised the insurance provision for Aikido in the UK.
Sensei Andrew Holden
Secretary & Coach Liason Officer
Sensei Andrew Holden
Hi, I'm Sensei Andrew Holden and although now 8th dan, I began practicing Aikido aged 17 many many years ago at a local adult education centre under the tutelage of Sensei Arthur Hart then 4th Dan. I was leaving school and looking for some sporting activity. I saw Aikido, tried it, and instantly fell in love with this mystical martial art.
I'm still as enthusiastic (kamikaze style) as I was back then. I spent many years being Uke Deshi for Shihan Ralph Reynolds where I not only learnt the intricacies of technique but the all important feel of techniques.
Over the years I've started many clubs then handing them over to other junior instructors to continue.
Being an instructor since 1984 I've taught students that are now high grade in their own right.
I'm also the secretary, event organiser, web/graphic designer, coach liaison officer for the Fellowship and husband to Sensei J Holden.