Peter Bartlett
2nd Dan Black Belt
Instructor for Doushikai Martial Arts

I began my martial arts training when I was 19, starting with a short period of Aikido and then entering the realm of Okinawan-style training through several years association with Mushindo Kempo, under the watchful eye of Sensei Bill Rowles, a style which shared some of its many forms and techniques with Shotokan Karate-Do, and therefore made the eventual switch to the Japanese form relatively easy.

During the past forty years I have also practiced a non-combat form of Tai Chi Chuan (or Taijiquan - Yang Style, Long Form) which has informed my martial arts practice throughout this time and provided further insights into the subtle energy techniques underpinning most of the more combative styles.

In my workouts I like to combine warm up routines developed from Hatha Yoga which I have practised since my late teens, together with Mindfulness Breathing exercises to attune students to the fine motor skills and mental strengths they possess but do not always utilise in everyday activities!

Joining Doushikai 15 years ago and reaching my teaching grade through the efforts of Senseis Pam & Dave Batten and Duncan Penny (and with the help of all of my fellow club members of course) has allowed me to develop these earlier trainings and to assist others to increase their own personal martial arts skills.