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The British Aikido Board

Message from BAB Acting Chairman

I regret to announce that as of the 1st February a number of Associations, have left the BAB. The BAF, UKA, UKAU, Komyokan and British Birankai, have left to form their own group, the Joint Aikido Council, which aims to develop more direct links with the Aikikai Foundation, Japan. In addition the BAA has decided that the BAB no longer meets their objectives.

This is obviously very sad news as they have had a long and valued association with the BAB and it is my strongly held view that if we are to grow aikido in the UK then we should be working together rather than fragmenting into a number of small groups. Having said that we must respect the right of individuals to pursue their own destiny and in that respect we wish them well in the future.

It is only regretful that because of the way the groups decided to handle their departure we did not have the opportunity to discuss the issues that led to their believing they could no longer work within the BAB and perhaps have found a solution.

A number of statements were made by them which were based on misconceptions such as the belief that the decision making process of the Board had been watered down by giving access to smaller Associations, in order to make us more inclusive. In practice whilst we have enabled smaller groups to join us and thereby ensure their standards are raised, the criteria for voting rights (minimum of 100 members) remains unchanged since the Board’s inception.

Similarly the view that at an admin charge of £3 per student per annum, by the Board does no offer value for money, is surprising given that it provides access to a comprehensive range of services. These include competitive insurance cover,; coaching training and qualifications; legal advice; conciliation service; communications network including BAB Website and Aikido Times; national courses; the development of policies and guidelines, backed up by specialist advice on key issues such as child safeguarding, equality & equity, health and safety, data protection, recruitment, weapons protocols etc.,

As these groups have made “block decisions” it is not possible to ascertain whether all their individual members have been made fully aware of the impact of leaving the BAB. Some of these will have been in BAB membership for the whole of their aikido life and we feel it our obligation to advise them where practicable, that they not only lose the services referred to above but also :-.

• Membership of the only National Governing Body for Aikido, which will impact on the ability to obtain grant aid, loss of club publicity on our website, a national voice, security of venue hire where NGB membership is required etc.
• BAB Coaching qualifications which are only valid when held in conjunction with current BAB membership. N.B. Our Insurers recently had to settle a claim for over £11000 where the Instructor was not a qualified Coach.
• CRB/DBS Disclosures, issued through the BAB which are not portable.
• Access to all BAB copyright protected documents including policies and guidance documents issued to associations, clubs and coaches
• Advice and support for Clubmark applications, which now includes adults.
• Services of our specialist officers, whose knowledge contacts and experience has been developed over many years, including child safeguarding, legal and coaching.
• Insurance premiums will inevitably increase or the level of cover amended

We will of course offer advice and assistance to any clubs or individuals, who on reflection decide that they wish to remain with the BAB and in this connection, have already received a number of enquiries. ( Contact Terrence Bayliss, Membership Officer (e.mail: terrence.bayliss@btconnect.com )
The Executive Committee have already discussed, in some detail, the points made by the departing Associations and have agreed to undertake a review of existing services to ensure that they continue to meet members’ needs. On the more positive side a number of Initiatives are already in the pipeline including:-

• Upgrade of the Website to make it more informative and user friendly
• Bi-monthly issues of Aikido Times
• Leaflet on the BAB and the services it provides.
• Raising the Coaching qualification to national standard
• Developing communications with government and sporting agencies, schools, sports centres etc. so that membership of the BAB becomes a recognized quality standard.

So whist it initially seemed that I had inherited something of a “poisoned chalice” when I took over as Acting Chairman, I now see it as an opportunity, a chance to move forward with a common purpose. The BAB remains the only National Governing Body for Aikido and it is our responsibility to continue to promote the highest standards where aikido training is offered in the UK.

Of course the key work of the BAB depends on volunteers, and we would welcome offers of support to help us move forward. At the May AGM there will be a number of posts up for election including Chairman and Vice Chairman, Secretary, Finance Officer, 2 General members and 2 Association reps (appointed for 1 year).

In addition we currently have vacancies for an Equality & Equity Officer and a Resources Officer; full person specifications are included on the website. If you feel you would like to help in any of these capacities then please contact the BAB Secretary or myself.

Keith Holland
(Acting Chairman)
Tribute to John Waite 8th Dan
John Waite
John Waite Sensei passed away recently after losing his battle with cancer.

Pepi Waite would like us to help her to create a tribute to John Waite’s dedication to the Martial Arts. If you have ever practiced or been taught by John Waite anywhere in world then we would like you to to hold a two minute silence in respect of John’s commitment to both Aikido and Judo at one of your classes.

Pepi will hold a two minute silence at John’s dojo in Northcross, New Zealand on Thursday 21st February at 8pm.

Pepi would like the Martial Arts world to do the same for John and would be very pleased to receive any pictures of members that wished to take part in this tribute .

 If any other clubs would like to do the same, we would be proud to post the photos on our website. Please send photos to Tony Evangelou at tony@londonaikido.com.

Photo taken at his New Zealand  Dojo:
John Waite 80 years old, recently acheived his Tomiki 8th dan, here he demonstrate a move with his wife Pepi.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/north-shore-times/4723013/Eighty-year-old-makes-8th-dan

Message from BAB Acting Chairman

I regret to announce that as of the 1st February a number of Associations, have left the BAB. The BAF, UKA, UKAU, Komyokan and British Birankai, have left to form their own group, the Joint Aikido Council, which aims to develop more direct links with the Aikikai Foundation, Japan. In addition the BAA has decided that the BAB no longer meets their objectives.

This is obviously very sad news as they have had a long and valued association with the BAB and it is my strongly held view that if we are to grow aikido in the UK then we should be working together rather than fragmenting into a number of small groups. Having said that we must respect the right of individuals to pursue their own destiny and in that respect we wish them well in the future.

It is only regretful that because of the way the groups decided to handle their departure we did not have the opportunity to discuss the issues that led to their believing they could no longer work within the BAB and perhaps have found a solution.

A number of statements were made by them which were based on misconceptions such as the belief that the decision making process of the Board had been watered down by giving access to smaller Associations, in order to make us more inclusive. In practice whilst we have enabled smaller groups to join us and thereby ensure their standards are raised, the criteria for voting rights (minimum of 100 members) remains unchanged since the Board’s inception.

Similarly the view that at an admin charge of £3 per student per annum, by the Board does no offer value for money, is surprising given that it provides access to a comprehensive range of services. These include competitive insurance cover,; coaching training and qualifications; legal advice; conciliation service; communications network including BAB Website and Aikido Times; national courses; the development of policies and guidelines, backed up by specialist advice on key issues such as child safeguarding, equality & equity, health and safety, data protection, recruitment, weapons protocols etc.,

As these groups have made “block decisions” it is not possible to ascertain whether all their individual members have been made fully aware of the impact of leaving the BAB. Some of these will have been in BAB membership for the whole of their aikido life and we feel it our obligation to advise them where practicable, that they not only lose the services referred to above but also :-.

• Membership of the only National Governing Body for Aikido, which will impact on the ability to obtain grant aid, loss of club publicity on our website, a national voice, security of venue hire where NGB membership is required etc.
• BAB Coaching qualifications which are only valid when held in conjunction with current BAB membership. N.B. Our Insurers recently had to settle a claim for over £11000 where the Instructor was not a qualified Coach.
• CRB/DBS Disclosures, issued through the BAB which are not portable.
• Access to all BAB copyright protected documents including policies and guidance documents issued to associations, clubs and coaches
• Advice and support for Clubmark applications, which now includes adults.
• Services of our specialist officers, whose knowledge contacts and experience has been developed over many years, including child safeguarding, legal and coaching.
• Insurance premiums will inevitably increase or the level of cover amended

We will of course offer advice and assistance to any clubs or individuals, who on reflection decide that they wish to remain with the BAB and in this connection, have already received a number of enquiries. ( Contact Terrence Bayliss, Membership Officer (e.mail: terrence.bayliss@btconnect.com )
The Executive Committee have already discussed, in some detail, the points made by the departing Associations and have agreed to undertake a review of existing services to ensure that they continue to meet members’ needs. On the more positive side a number of Initiatives are already in the pipeline including:-

• Upgrade of the Website to make it more informative and user friendly
• Bi-monthly issues of Aikido Times
• Leaflet on the BAB and the services it provides.
• Raising the Coaching qualification to national standard
• Developing communications with government and sporting agencies, schools, sports centres etc. so that membership of the BAB becomes a recognized quality standard.

So whist it initially seemed that I had inherited something of a “poisoned chalice” when I took over as Acting Chairman, I now see it as an opportunity, a chance to move forward with a common purpose. The BAB remains the only National Governing Body for Aikido and it is our responsibility to continue to promote the highest standards where aikido training is offered in the UK.

Of course the key work of the BAB depends on volunteers, and we would welcome offers of support to help us move forward. At the May AGM there will be a number of posts up for election including Chairman and Vice Chairman, Secretary, Finance Officer, 2 General members and 2 Association reps (appointed for 1 year).

In addition we currently have vacancies for an Equality & Equity Officer and a Resources Officer; full person specifications are included on the website. If you feel you would like to help in any of these capacities then please contact the BAB Secretary or myself.

Keith Holland
(Acting Chairman)

BAB Coaching and Club Handbook Version 2 prices 2013

BAB Coaching and Club Handbook Version 2 prices

 

Books

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Book cost  inc P&P

1

£4.50

£5.70

2

£9.00

£11.00

3

£13.50

£15.90

4

£18.00

£20.40

5

£22.50

£24.50

6

£27.00

£30.20

7

£31.50

£35.50

8

£36.00

£40.40

9

£40.50

£44.90

10

£45.00

£49.00

15

£67.50

£73.50

20

£90.00

£98.00

 

Make cheques payable to the British Aikido Board

Please send cheques to:
Mrs Shirley Timms
6 Halkingcroft
Halkingcroft
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Slough
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Clearly state your name with full postal address and the quantity of book required Mrs Timms will notify Grev Cooke of payment and I will post the books no later than 10 days after receipt of payment

The P&P saving can be made if the books are collected in person.

For example arranging the collection of the books at the BAB Executive meeting or the BAB General meeting

This can only be arranged with Grev Cooke: coachingadmin@bab.org.uk

 Grev Cooke BAB CAO

29/09/2013

BAB National Course September 2013
BAB National Course 2013
The BAB National Course 2013 was very sucessfull and well done to all those that attended, The Kenshinkai kindly has sent a link to a online album of photographs taken on the day.
See the photos here


Nariyama Sihan from the Shodokan Hombu Visited the UK during September 2013

Nariyama Sihan Event sept 2013 London
As the chairman of the Aikido Development Society I attended this Shodokan Event in London. The training was as to be expected excellent, Nariyama Sihan spent much of the the day explaining how Tomiki San created and developed the Tomiki System with the blessing of  Morihei Ueshiba and how the continuance of this style has been handed down to him (Nariyama Sihan) under the Shodokan System.

It was a greatly informative and enjoyable day where senior Tomiki Grades from many UK and European Associations attended.

Steve Billett
Chairman Aikido Development Society


Press Release ( August 2012 )


High honour for Aikido pioneer

On Friday 3rd August, former Heathrow airport porter, Haydn W. Foster, was posthumously graded 7th dan by Shihan T K Chiba, a senior representative of the Aikido World Headquarters in Japan. This award was given in recognition of Haydn's significant contribution to Aikido for over 50 years. During this time, he was a major pioneer of the art and helped to spread it throughout the UK. After a short ceremony, the certificate was presented to his widow Alice, and to his grandson Paul Foster-Dent.

Among Haydn's many achievements were that, during the 1960s, his 1st and 2nd dan certificates were two of the very few in the UK which were signed by O-Sensei, the founder of Aikido. Haydn also played a major part in the first major martial arts demonstration held at the Royal Albert hall in the mid 1960s. In 1973, he founded the Institute of Aikido, and was one of the founding members of the British Aikido Board, the governing body for Aikido in the UK. Haydn was the senior instructor at the Hut dojo in West London, the birthplace of Aikido in the UK, where he continued to teach until his death in 2011 at the age of 83. His grandson, Paul, continues to teach at the Hut dojo.


Mrs Foster, Chiba Sensei and Paul Foster-Dent



Brian Eustace 8th Dan Tomiki Aikido, 9th Dan Taiho Jutsu and 2nd Dan Judo




It is with much sadness that I notify the Members of the Board of the passing of Mr Brian Eustace on Tuesday 3rd July 2012. Brian was a very senior and long standing member of the British Aikido Association; he was also involved in the founding of the British Aikido Board. A stalwart of the ethics and ethos of Aikido, especially as a means of self-defence and restraint of attackers, he will be greatly missed. On behalf of the Board I relay our condolences to his family, friends and the Tomiki Aikido Association to which he contributed so much over many years.

Vincent Sumpter (Chairman BAB) - 9 July 2012


The funeral will take place at 12 noon on Thursday 19th July at Mid Warwickshire Crematorium, Oakley Wood, Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa CV33 9QP


Brian's family have asked that people do not send flowers. They have suggested however, that anyone who would like to make a donation in place of flowers could do so to any one of three charities ;The British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research, The R.S.P.C.A


After the funeral a wake will be held at Brian's local pub close to his dojo in Shottery.
Brian Eustace

This photograph is one of the last taken of Brian. It shows him proudly displaying the 8th Dan Tomiki Aikido Certificate that was presented to him recently by Kenji Tomiki's daughtert. Very few non-Japanese have ever received this honour.



 
Coaching and Club Handbook
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Aikido in Schools Presentation.

Philip Benge of the United Traditional Aikido Association kind wrote this presentation describing his method on presenting Aikido to school child.
See the Presentation Here


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Welcome to the British Aikido Board


The British Aikido Board seeks to:-
•   Represent the majority of bona fide organisations practicing aikido in the United Kingdom.
•   Support, encourage and promote the highest standards of aikido within an environment of mutual respect for differing styles practiced.
•   Raise awareness of the value of aikido not only as a contributor towards healthy living, but also in the development of adults, young people and children, without regard to race, gender or creed.
 
The British Aikido Board operates primarily through its member Associations. There are currently 32 Full Member with 20 Associate and Probationary Members of regional and national status, who each retain their independence, both technically and financially, with a combined membership of some 7,000 , which includes 1292 instructors holding current Coaching Awards.

The Board is recognised by Sport England , as the only governing body for aikido in the United Kingdom and is a member of the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

The Board seeks to further the advancement of all styles of aikido and to establish and monitor standards of safety and behaviour for practitioners of aikido.

The Board advises member Associations on all relevant UK and European legislation and procedures and develops appropriate policies and codes of practice.

Other services provided include:-
•   Insurance cover, for members, instructors and Associations.
•   Promotion of a Nationally recognised Coaching Scheme in conjunction with Sports Coach UK.
•   Organising a National Course.
•   Promoting Club Mark registration.
•   Supporting initiatives to encourage the teaching of Aikido in schools.
•   Publishing Newsletters and specialist information bulletins eg. Safeguarding and Coaching.

The Board has completed a number of initiatives, arising from the work of their major Governance Audit and through the adoption of a wide range of recommendations, contained in their Aikido Delelopment Plan (which can be viewed here) will support their key objective of encouraging all Aikido groups to join together under this “Aikido umbrella”.

 
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