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Important Insurance Information for
Message from the BAB Chairman
We were due to change insurance
brokers (and insurance companies) on 1 March
2013 based primarily on the cost of the
renewal/new premium due. In January, following
the agreement of the BAB Trustees, I notified
Endsleigh that we had obtained a very
competitive quote from another Broker which gave
the BAB all the insurance cover we required.
All seemed to be going well with the new
Brokers until I had to notify them of a new
claim that had been lodged with Endsleigh for an
accident on the tatami in a member Club. Since
then, I have been requesting confirmation this
would not affect the quotation and basis of
insurance with the Broker's Insurance companies.
As of the 27th February 2013 I still had no
confirmation. With only one day's
insurance cover left (28 Feb) with Endsleigh, I
approached Endsleigh and asked if they were
willing to renegotiate the renewal premium with
the BAB. They have jumped at the chance and come
back to me with a deal that cannot be ignored.
For only £1000 more in premium terms
than we would have paid with Leisure Insure,
Endsleigh have offered the additional cover of
insurance for ALL Clubs' equipment to a value of
£1500; without the need for Clubs to complete
proposal forms - it's automatic cover. I know
this may not be enough for some Clubs so I have
also asked for this to be increased.
Additionally, the BAB has been given security of
premium at the present renewal cost for 2013,
2014,and 2015 (that is, the next 3 years).
As I was not willing to wait until the last
day of insurance with Endsleigh to know whether
the BAB would have cover on 1 March, I have made
the decision as "Chairman BAB" to renew with
Endsleigh. This deal is a significant
improvement in terms of cover and cost on
Endsleigh's earlier renewal quote.
Record breaking Coaching Weekend
Over the weekend of 12th /13th January the
Shodokan Aikido UK organised courses for all the
Coach Level 2 units (5 in total). This was a
brilliant way for an association to take their
instructors to Coach Level 2 (CL2) with an added
benefit of these students being able to take the
CL2 assessment at their own dojo free of charge.
It must have been quite tiring for the
students and for the tutor Frank
Burlingham but as each evaluation was 95% or
over they all coped very well.
coaching certificates were issued to 17 students
from 6 different associations; 55 certificates
were issued to the Shobu Aikido UK with the
remaining 26 certificates issued to the other 5
associations. As an officer for the BAB
Coaching team, I would like to congratulate the Shodokan Aikido UK for their
commitment to the BAB coaching system and wish
them well when their students take the final
CL2 assessment. I hope they will then
successfully progress to CL3.e
Aiki Extensions - Aikido Stories
Earlier this year, I went on this incredible
aikido tour of California, visiting many of the
wonderful aikido teachers and dojos that are out
there. There is probably a greater concentration
of 6th dans and above around this area than
anywhere in the world. One of the gentlemen I
had the privilege to meet was Bob Frager Sensei,
(one of the founders of aikido in the US and a
direct student of O Sensei). In our discussions,
he suggested that I should try and put together
a book of aikido stories about how students have
used what they learn on the mat, off the mat and
achieve things that they had previously not
thought possible. These events are often
transformational and certainly re-affirm the
value of what aikido has to offer all students.
Over the years, I have been told many
such tales. Sometimes they are very brief in the
telling and sometimes not, but they are always
inspiring. As a teacher myself, they certainly
motivate me and remind me why I believe that
aikido is a force for good in the world. So it
didn't take me long to decide that Sensei
Frager's suggestion was a brilliant one and as
such I am now putting together a book of such
tales. I can tell you that I have
already had a good few submissions, all of which
are worth reading and many of which are
incredibly profound and very moving, so I
absolutely know that we have an opportunity to
create a seminal work here. First and foremost
it is a book that I myself would want to read
and I feel sure that most aikidoka would feel
the same. It should serve as a wonderful advert
for our art and furthermore all the proceeds
will be used to support of the work of Aiki
Extensions, ( http://www.aiki-extensions.org/)
an International group based in the US, that
supports various wonderful charitable projects
that have aikido at their heart. Long
term, my ambition is to create an awareness
amongst the aikido community worldwide that when
something wonderful happens to you as a result
of your training, that you write it down and
send it in to me so that it can be shared by all
of us. In this way, we will constantly be
reminded of the power for good that aikido
offers and whilst doing it raise money to
further important work that truly make a
difference to the world in which we live. After
all this is just the sort of thing that was what
O Sensei envisioned. So if you have a
tale to offer, please send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org and if you have a dojo,
then please ask me for an A4 poster, which I
have produced to promote my quest in your dojo.
I really would value your support and sincerely
believe that the success of this project can
only be good news for us all, as well as
providing a really important piece of work, that
may well become a standard read for aikidoka
everywhere. Quentin Cooke Chair of
Aikido for Daily Life Director of Aiki
Find the Storyposter here.
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.
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.
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
Aiki Extensions �Most of
us believe that aikido is a very positive
influence for those that practice it and no
doubt for the people that surround them. Aiki
Extensions is a charitable club that expands
this idea to look at the big picture as you will
se from the articles in this edition of our
Newsletter. If the articles inspire you, then
please think about joining Aiki Extensions and
playing your part in funding the work we do and
adding your own efforts to bringing aikido into
your own communities and the world at large.�
See the latest news letter here.
Templegate Dojo - Bristol To help
raise money for MacMillan Nurses Joan Connor (Shotokan
Karate) arranged a mixed martial arts event, analogous to
"speed dating" for martial arts. The concept was for the day
to comprise of 14 martial arts/systems with half of the set
teaching for the first half of the day in 25 minute "taster"
sessions, a break for lunch, a demonstration followed by the
remaining arts teaching for the afternoon. Templegate
Dojo were asked to participate in the teaching at the event
and provide the half-time demonstration, something we were
very honoured to do for such a worthy cause. We attempted to
show a variety of work that covered a wide range of material
and involved a number of persons of varying skill levels and
ages across the club. As well as raising money for a
valuable charity the day was an exemplar of the positive
approach of martial artists in general with no egos and no
problems with the mixing of many styles with many high level
practitioners not afraid to put on their beginners minds and
try their hands (and feet!) at something different to their
Play the video
of the Event
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acceptable for you to purchase an certificate
from the BAB.
IIwama Ryu North West Chief instructor
Paul Sparks receives a cheque for 6,000
from Paul Lees of the Chorley Community
Housing Neighbourhood Fund.
Sparks stated Chorley Community Housing
had 50,000 pounds available for local grants
so our club applied.
funding to deliver Aikido for a whole
year to children and young people.
We will also be providing weekly bush
craft sessions. The club was privileged
to received the highest award from over
Please click on the Icon to the left to
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important coaching document. The new BAB Coaching and
Club Hand book is finally here.
Aikido in Schools Presentation.
Philip Benge of the United Traditional Aikido
Association kind wrote this presentation
describing his method on presenting Aikido to
See the Presentation Here
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new articles concerning carrying Aikido Weapons
Aikido and the possession of offensive weapons (wooden)
Aikido and the possession of bladed/pointed articles - UK Law
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 36 Full Member with 24 Associate and Probationary Members of regional and national status, who each retain their independence, both technically and financially, with a
combined membership of some 10,000 , which includes 1982
instructors holding current Coaching Awards.
The Board is recognised by
, 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
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”.