Daren is a professional Aikido teacher with 30 years experience in martial arts and currently holds the grade of 5th Dan. He runs Dojos in the North & South of Bristol.
Darren's search for a deeper understanding of Aikido has lead to the study of 'Internal' power and different ways to use the body to manage incoming force and generate outgoing force and stability. This in turn lead him to Tai Chi and the Shibashi form, with its many health benefits, in addition to the martial qualities of Tai Chi.
Through the Shibashi exercise, these health benefits for mind and body can be realised via gentle and relaxing movements, which are easily adapted to enable practice for almost all age groups regardless of the physical condition of the practitioner. Seated practice is possible for those with conditions which inhibit standing.
Daren enjoys sharing this rich and empowering form with others in an open and welcoming class.