Meet our Instructors

Meet the Team!

Ray Butcher Ray Butcher

Head Instructor of Henshin Aikido & Head Coach of Balance Jiu Jitsu Ireland and Women’s Self Defence Instructor.

Ray has over 45 years experience in Martial Arts (Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate and Judo) with international experience training in Switzerland, Japan, Australia, France, Germany, United States and the UK. Ray is a 5th Dan Black Belt in Aikido and a 3rd degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he is a full time Instructor and also an Ashtanga Yoga teacher.

Maeve D’Arcy

Women’s Self Defence Instructor

Maeve has over 20 years experience in Martial Arts (Aikido and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) with international experience training in the USA, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the UK and the Czech Republic.  Maeve is a 1st Dan Black Belt in Aikido and a BJJ Blue belt.

Darren Lewins

Darren Lewins – BJJ Coach

Darren is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he is a BJJ coach and also teaches our Gracie Basics program.

Phelim O HalloranPhelim O Halloran – BJJ Coach

Phelim is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he coaches the beginners in our Gracie Basics program.

Paul BulmanPaul Bulman – BJJ Coach
Paul is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he coaches the beginners in our Gracie Basics program.

Marie Feirtear

Marie Feirtear – Yoga Teacher
From an Ghaeltacht in west Kerry, she first discovered yoga in the 1990’s and started attending Hatha & Ashtanga classes in the Noughties to see if she could ease chronic running injuries and gradually left the running behind!

She completed the Introductory Level 2 Iyengar teaching certificate with Aisling Guirke in Dublin in 2006 and has taught both Iyengar & sports yoga classes. She has travelled extensively and has completed teacher training with Paul Dallaghan in Thailand in 2009. Marie’s practice continues to evolve and she can see how a commitment to a regular sustained practice of yoga can change one’s life. The ashtanga system with its emphasis on the tristhana of ujjayi breath, drishti & bandhas can create such a transformation with regular practice. Her work as a chartered physiotherapist compliments the teaching of yoga it has given her a deep understanding of the human body and an awareness of injury prevention. Marie also lectures in anatomy and physiology for yoga teachers.