Shihan Michael Flynn 7th Dan

Mike FlynnMichael Flynn Shihan began his study of Aikido in 1982 at San Diego Aikikai under the direction of Shihan TK Chiba. He was promoted to Nidan in 1984 and was named Fukushidoin that same year.

In 1985, Flynn travelled to Japan, where he studied Aikido at Hombu Dojo and Muso Shinden Ryu Iai-do with Mitsuzuka Takeshi Sensei.

He returned from Japan in 1987 and served as the Chief Kenshusei at Berkeley Aikikai until December 1990, at which time he was promoted to Yondan and named Shidoin.

Flynn Sensei established Alameda Aikikai in January 1991 which eventually grew to become a major Birankai anchor in Northern California. He served as a member of the Teaching Committee, USAF Western Region, Chairman of the Sub-teaching committee, and member of the Iai Batto-Ho teaching committee until relocating to Scotland in June of 2005.

He was named Shihan in June of 2005 and was awarded 7th Dan by Doshu Ueshiba Moriteru on 14 January 2018 during the Kagami Baraki celebration at Hombu Dojo. He has also received Iaido Shihan title from Mitsuzuka Sensei.

Since arriving in Scotland, Flynn Sensei has established the Thistle Aikikai. He has served as the Chairman of the British Birankai.

He has  also served as the Technical Director of both Hellenic Birankai and Birankai Portugal.

He is married to Julie, and the proud father of 3 children, Mitsu, Michael, and Nicole.

Iain Nicolson Recreation Centre

Directions to the sports centre:

From the South: Travelling on the M74, merge onto M73 via Exit 4 toward A80/Stirling/Kincardine Bridge.
Take Exit 2A on the Left toward MUIRHEAD/ GARTCOSH Industrial Park.
Enter roundabout and take first exit. Enter next roundabout and take 2nd Exit, marked STATION ROAD/ A752.
Turn Right onto CUMBERNAULD ROAD/ A752, followed by a left onto Chryston Road. The Ian Nicolson Centre will be on the right.

From the North: From M9 follow signs for M876.
Continue on M876 and merge onto A80 toward GLASGOW.
After proceeding through set of traffic lights in MOODIESBURN, remain in Right lane, and turn right across the A80 at the JET Petrol Station, onto CUMBERNAULD ROAD/ A752.
Turn LEFT immediately to remain on CUMBERNAULD Road, then immediate RIGHT turn onto Chryston Road. The Ian Nicolson Centre will be on the right.


Class Times

Training Schedule

Tuesday - 6:30 - 7:30pm Aikido Body Art
Tuesday - 7:30 - 8:30pm - Iaido

Thursday - 6:30 - 7:30pm Aikido Body Art
7:30 - 8:30pm Aikido Weapons

Children - Tuesday 6:30-7:30
Thursday 4:00 -5:00


Annual Membership - £35 per person (Includes Insurance) - £25 children
Tuition Fees
Regular rate £45 per month OR
Daily Mat Fee £5 per session (£7.50 per evening)
Family Rate £60 per couple (can be adjusted based on work status)
Iaido Only £25
Ages 12-15 £25 per month
Ages 5-11 £3 per session (Tues eve & Thurs afternoon)
Uniforms £25
Fees are payable on the first of each month. Variations on this schedule must be arranged with the Chief Instructor. Mat fees are due prior to class.