Peter Gillard: Shidoin
Peter Started Aikido in 1966 at the Cardiff School of Budo. When this closed the Cardiff Aikikai was formed with Colin Pike as its head instructor. Cardiff Aikikai joined the Aikikai of Great Britain under the direction of Chiba Shihan.
In About 1969 Cardiff Aikikai separated from Chiba Shihan and after a period within the organisation of Ken WIlliams Sensei went on its own under the direction of Mr Pike.
After a few years, along with a group of other yudansha, Peter left the Cardiff Aikikai and rejoined the now renamed British Aikido Federation. Following this in 1980 Cardiff Shobukan was founded.
In 1998 Peter paid his first visit to Hombu Dojo in Tokyo and has since returned several times. Peter has a close relationship with many senior instructors in both Europe and Japan.
His main aim is to open the door to fellow students and share the practice of Aikido given to us by O'Sensei.
All dan grades are registered with Aikikai hombu dojo, Tokyo, Japan and are members of the International Aikido Federation. All instructors have BAB coaching qualifications.
The following instructors have passed on but remain in our memories.