Nick Waites, the chief instructor of the Koteikan dojo, has been a student and teacher of aikido for over forty years, during which time he has studied aikido with many very senior teachers from all over the world. He is the most senior student of Terry Ezra, 7th dan shihan, (founder of the Komyokan Aikido Association), and the author of six aikido books and four DVDs which explore a wide range of aikido practice methods, concepts and techniques.
Nick also studied yoga for many years in his youth, traditional Chinese medicine (he is a qualified acupuncturist) and some karate, judo and tai chi, although his main focus has always been aikido.
He was awarded 6th dan by Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba (the grandson of the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba) at the Kagami Biraki ceremony in Japan in January 2013. He has taught aikido in the Netherlands, Russia, Croatia, Abu Dhabi and many locations in the UK.