Gareth Hinds had his first experience with aikido in 1979 and began training consistently in 2000. He is a sandan (third degree black belt) and is one of the regular instructors leading evening keiko sessions. Before coming to ASD, he trained in Vermont, New York, and in Boston for 10 years with Bill Gleason sensei. He also has experience in karate, Shaolin kung fu, and both Yang and Chen tai chi. Outside the dojo, he is a graphic novelist and a zen practitioner.