Alex Gent is the head instructor for AikiFlow. He has been involved in martial arts since a young age but has practised Aikido now for the past 10 years.


Alex is a qualified Aikikai black belt in Iwama style Aikido and has his coaching certification through the BAA (British Aikido Association). 


His Aikido training began with Sensei Paul Lowing in Keighley Aikido Club. However, in 2015 Paul moved to Sheffield, leaving the club for Alex to run. In 2016 the club moved to Bingley and became AikiFlow. With the move the club doubled in the size of its membership. In 2017 AikiFlow returned to Keighley where Keighley Aikido Club first started in Dalton Mills.


Alex continues to study under both Sensei Paul Lowing and Sensei Tony Sargeant (Head of Takemusu Iwama Aikido Europe).


He has also trained in Indian Club swinging and other flow arts for 7 years and maintains an interest in HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts), which he first started studying in 2012. 

Alex travels extensively across the world and trains in several other martial arts, particularly in South East Asia.

Paul Lowing is the Club founder (previously known as Keighley Aikido Club). He has been practising Aikido now for over 35 years.


Paul is a 4th Dan black belt in Takemusu Iwama Aikido and has his coaching certification through the BAB (British Aikido Board). 


He began training with Sensei Tony Sargeant in Cambridge in 1981. 

Although Paul no longer runs the club, he maintains regular contact with AikiFlow and acts as an advisor, delivering seminars once a month for students.