Instructors

David Lynch

David Lynch

Chief Instructor, David Lynch has had over 40 years of aikido experience. As a result of spending nearly 18 years in Japan, David was able to train under the leading Japanese masters (Gozo Shioda 9th-dan, Koichi Tohei 10th-dan, Kisshomaru Ueshiba Doshu, Kenji Shimizu 8th-dan and others) and gain an unusual degree of experience in a variety of aikido styles. He holds the following ranks: Yoshinkan 6th-dan, Aikikai 3rd-dan, Ki no Kenkyu Kai 2nd-dan and Tendokan 3rd-Dan.

Justin Lewis

Justin Lewis

Justin Lewis (4th dan) has been training since 1995. He began his training under David’s instruction and continues to enjoy training in a range of different styles. Justin is a theatre director and producer. 

Kate Butterfield

Kate Butterfield

Kate Butterfield began her training in Aikido under David Lynch at the young age of 11, and now continues to train both as a student and instructor having recieved her Shodan grading 3 years ago. In addition to her passion for Aikido, Kate is a also a Masters student at the University of Auckland studying Biological Anthropology (Human Evolution).

Ian Drew

Ian Drew

Ian Drew started martial arts training in 1972 with Judo and then Karate, continuing both for many years, as well as some Chinese and weapons arts. He began aikido at the Lynch dojo in 1997 and continues to love the rich and varied practice. Ian also practices MJER Iaido (Japanese sword drawing) as an adjunct to aikido.