Sensei Phil Bolt, 5th Dan

Sensei Phil Bolt started practising martial arts in 1978 in Plymouth. He started with Karate, then Kung Fu, then Ju-Jitsu, before finally finding Aikido.
Sensei Phil Bolt
Sensei Phil Bolt
  • In 1993, Phil started practising Aikido with local Sensei Jim Brown in Plymouth. This is part of Sensei Kolesnikov's Ki-style Aikido.

  • In 1996, he started up the Swindon club as a Blue Belt, teaching a class of around 15 members. He is a qualified coach with the British Aikido Board.

  • In 1997, Phil obtained his 1st Dan Black Belt following his grading in Oldham by Sensei Kolesnikov.

  • In 2002, he obtained his 2nd Dan, again following a grading in Oldham and awarded by Sensei Kolesnikov.

  • In 2009, he was awarded 3rd Dan by Sensei Kolesnikov, recognising for his outstanding contributions in building up and supporting the organisation.

  • In 2011, Sensei Kolesnikov awarded him 4th Dan, making him one of the most senior and loyal members of the organisation.

  • In 2013, Phil became 5th Dan, and was appointed head of the organisation by Sensei Kolesnikov.

  • In 2016, he was awarded CL2, the second level of coaching award from the British Aikido Board.

Under Phil’s teaching, the Swindon club has trained almost 200 members, produced nine 1st Dans, two 2nd Dans, and a 3rd Dan. Four of his students have also set up their own clubs in their own areas.

Today, the Swindon club still enjoys Phil’s teaching and continues to develop its members and attract new students. 2 of his current students are qualified coaches who stand in for Phil on occasions.

Contact Phil on 07758 746908 for more details, or just turn up to any class in Swindon to watch or take part.