Paul Finn with the current Doshu, the grandson of the founder - O'Sensei
Doshu, the grandson of the founder O'Sensei

Paul Finn, 4th Dan Aikikai

Paul Finn began his aikido training with Laurent Haquin (3rd Dan Aikikai) in Edinburgh. He trains under the direction of Jacques Bardet (7th Dan) and Toshiro Suga (7th Dan) both senior students of Tamura Sensei (8th Dan Aikikai). He was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment in 2003 serving for 11 years. Upon retiring from the Army in 2013 he spent 3 months in Paris training full-time with Jacques Bardet and Toshiro Suga and returns to France to train regularly. Paul regularly attended seminars with Tamura Sensei until his passing in July 2010.

Paul received his 1st & 2nd Dan Aikikai grade from Tamura Sensei. In August 2011, Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei, 8th Dan, awarded him his 3rd Dan Aikikai and Toshiro Suga Sensei awarded him his 4th Dan in 2016.