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Bill Smalley

Bill Smalley

Bill Smalley joined Chorley Budo Aikido aged 50. Like many his main reason for starting was to keep fit.

Now at the age of 82 Bill Smalley and Alan Lock head up the teaching at Chorley Budo Aikido.


Alan Lock

Alan Lock

Alan Lock is a 5th Dan Aikidoka and has been practicing for 19yrs. He is also 1st Dan Karate and spent several years studying Russian Systema. He also has experience in Kung Fu, Ju-Jitsu, and Tai Chi.

He was looking for a martial art that could bridge his spiritual studies with martial arts and he found this in Aikido.

His approach to Aikido is experimental and progressive and believes that we should interpret the traditional arts for modern times. He is very keen to emphasise the practical applications of Aikido for self defence and to continue to grow the art that Morihei Ueshiba nurtured.


Mark Hesford

Mark Hesford

Mark was drawn to Aikido by the teachings of the founder Morihei Usheiba. His experience is in Aikido and Systema.

Mark sees Aikido as an art form and a platform to express oneself. Through this he has used the techniques in Aikido to stone carve, making sculptures as part of his meditational practices.


Craig Dobson

Craig Dobson

Craig started Aikido in 2008, unsure which martial art to study he was drawn to Aikido for its technical nature. Unlike some martial arts, more aggressive and competitive, Aikido is more a way of life. Working from the core Aikido can be applied to day to day life, opening a door, stirring a cup of tea. It’s this nature of Aikido that has kept Craig engaged and will continue to keep him engaged for years to come.

Since becoming a Shodan (1st) Craig has started exploring and teaching practical applications of Aikido not normally found in a dojo. Finding Aikido in the chaos of a street fight or brawl is very much behind Craig’s teaching.

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