History of the British Aikido Board
Aikido was initially introduced into the United Kingdom, in 1955,
by Sensei Kenshiro Abbe, and over time a number of independent
Associations were set up.
In 1977 the Martial Arts Commission was established, by the then
Sports Council, to oversee all martial art disciplines, in the UK.
There was however no co-ordinated voice for Aikido and as a first
step several of the larger Associations came together to form the
Aikido Liaison Council. This was re-named as the British Aikido
Board on 2nd June 1977 and its founder members were:-
Aikido Development Society, British Aikido Association, British
Aikido Federation, British Yoshinkan Aikido Federation, Institute of
Aikido, Ki Federation of Great Britain, Ken Shin Kai, Shudokan
Institute of Aikido and the United Kingdom Aikido Federation .
The Board reported to the MAC, until it was dissolved some 14 years
later and on 8th June 1991 the British Aikido Board was recognised,
by the Sports Council as the only Governing Body for Aikido in the
The Board now has 31 Full Member Associations, 4
Associate Members and 2 Probationary Member(s),
Currently there are over 1981 instructors holding
Coaching Awards and over 10,000 members,
practicing a variety of styles of Aikido, the main ones being
Traditional, Yoshinkan, Tomiki and Ki.
It is hoped that all Aikido groups within the
United Kingdom will eventually join together under this "Aikido
Umbrella". The current list of member associations is show