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|BAB Chairman - Vincent Sumpter
Born in 1943, Vincent started his aikido in 1974 at the Aikikai
Hombu Dojo Japan, under the instruction of Shihan Seijiro Masuda (8th
Dan) who graded him Shodan on 1 June 1977.
his return to England he practiced at Oxford University under Sensei
Minoru Kanetsuka (7th Dan) who graded him Nidan on 24 May 1987.
In 1986 he
joined the KaiShinKai Aikido Group (affiliated to the Japan Aikido Association
[JAA] through the British Aikido Association).He was graded to Sandan on 24th April 1988 and to Yondan on 5th August 1990.
recognition of his many years in the practice and teaching of aikido, the Kai
Shin Kai graded him to Godan in October 1997.
Since 1989 Vincent has been teaching regularly at
in the USA and Italy He has been a Guest instructor at the Leeds BAA Tomiki Summer School each year since
1991 and, more recently, has been making trips to Minsk, Belarussia, where he teaches Bokken and
Jo- jutsu to the International Aikikai-registered group resident there.
Vincent Sumpter was elected
Chairman of the BAB
|BAB Vice Chairman - Keith
Holland FCIS, F.Inst AM(Adv Dip)
Born 1943, my introduction to martial arts came at the
age of 18yrs when I joined a Judo club. Before long I was
training 4 times a week and continued my training for 7
years under Sensei Masutaro Otani 7th Dan, until a serious
back injury curtailed further training.
In 1984 I took my son to what I thought was a Judo Club, but
it turned out to be 'The Hut' the home of the Institute of
Aikido. I immediately became hooked on aikido and it has
become a life passion.
We subsequently joined Kurai Aikido and I became
increasingly involved, 'off the mat', including Secretary to
both Kurai and the EYJ Martial Arts Centre, a dedicated dojo
housing 9 martial arts all working together in harmony.
Being aware of my deep interest in aikido, our Sensei, Roy
Sheppard 6th Dan would often take time to give me a personal
explanation of the techniques being taught and one day gave
me the greatest gift by working out a series of ukemi which
would enable me to train, without upsetting my back.
From then on training became a priority and I was graded
Shodan in 1998; Nidan in 2002 and by 2006 I had reached the
grade of San Dan. I am a BAB Level 1 Coach , and hold NCFE
Train the Trainers Certification ( NVQ Level 3/4)
Although I study the Traditional style of Aikido I regularly
attend external courses, particularly those who offer an
opportunity to experience other styles of aikido ( you
either learn something new, or re-affirm that the style you
use works best for you) I particularly enjoy attending Joint
Karate/Aikido courses with Sensei Tony Heap 7th Wado Kai
Karate and Martial Medicine courses with Shihan Dr Chris
Roworth 15th Dan Nine Schools of Bunjinkan.
Kurai Aikido is part of the UK Shinwakai family and we enjoy
regular visits from Sensei Jack Poole 7th Dan and our Patron
Sensei Leslie White 6th Dan. I am also Convenor of the UK
My involvement with the BAB grew from being asked to become
Joint National Course Organiser in 2000 , a position which I
still hold, to my appointment as Vice Chairman of the Board
Secretary to the
British Aikido Board - Shirley Timms
was first introduced to Aikido in 1967 when my late husband,
David Timms started practising with the then Renown Aikido
Society, later to be renamed Institute of Aikido. In 1971 David was awarded 1st Dan, he became so
complained that I never saw him so he persuaded me to start
practising and that was in 1972. In 1979 I was awarded 1st Dan by Mr Hadyn Foster, and 2nd
Dan March 1989.
When the BAB was newly formed, I attended the first meetings
with Mr Foster and David as an observer, which were held at
Wood Green Police Station under the Chairmanship of Chief
Superintendent Ken Wilkinson.
As a professionally trained secretary I just could
not sit on the sidelines and appear invisible, so I took
notes, which were borrowed by the then secretary for
Minuting purposes. The first two secretaries resigned for one reason or
another and I was asked to stand in on a temporary basis
until they found someone else. That was in 1981 and I am still in post, so I must be
doing something right.
Chief Superintendent Wilkinson resigned, so we had to find a
new home for the BAB meetings, and Mark Maliney, who was
treasurer for the UK Aikido Federation, offered the BAB his
offices in Cricklewood, which were free, and that was the
base for BAB meetings for a number of years until we
out-grew Mark’s premises
Sadly in 1994 David died and I stopped practising on a
regular basis, but my son William entices me back for ad hoc
sessions on special occasions.
In 2006 I was awarded 3 Dan for services to Aikido, which I
felt much honoured to receive.
Finance Officer - Piers Cooke
Piers Cooke started practicing Ki Aikido under Sensei Ken
Williams in 1982, left Sensei Williams in 1999 to start the
Aikido for Daily Life Association with his brother Quentin
Cooke. ADL is affiliated to Aikido Yuishinkai founded by
Maruyama Sensei (previously the president of the Ki No
Kenyukai founded by Tohei Sensei) He currently teaches at
Coldharbour Aikido Club near Dorking in Surrey
Webmaster - Stephen
Born in 1955, Steve found his first martial art 'Judo'
his 16th year. His first
contest was within weeks of starting and fought against a
team from a school for the blind in the British Schools Judo
From that day onwards he learned never to underestimate an
opponent, he was lucky to win
During the mid to late
1970's his judo lead him onward to become the 'IBF European
Champion' several times at both 63 & 65 Kilos. Around this
time he was introduced to Don Bishop 7th Dan ADS (Tomiki
Aikido) and began to practice aikido, mainly for fun, but
with Don's help to also improve his contest judo by using
some of the allowable aikido techniques.
He started teaching judo from the age of 18 to both adults and
children, achieving some success, bringing pupils
through to international level.
His aikido career ran in parallel with his judo, both in
teaching and contest. His
first aikido dan grade was awarded by the 'Belgian Tomiki
Aikido Association' in 1976 (upon recommendation of Bill
Woods) when he competed in a 'Open Weight Tanto
Randori' competition that was run during the break of the
'Belgian Judo Open'. He entered for fun and due to Don's
superior coaching won the event (He subsequently carried on
to win the Judo event as well). Fifteen years later he
graded to 1st Dan by his own Sensei Don Bishop (He was a
hard man to please in those days).
His training in Japan illustrated that there is more to
martial arts that just competition and it was this that
motivated him to begin teaching aikido. Aikido has now
overtaken judo as his first martial art with its requirements for skill
rather than strength, being more appropriate these days....
Steve has been a Tomiki 6th Dan since 2012 and a Judo 4th
Dan since the 1980's, He also has a 1st Dan In Ju Jitsu and
has been Chairman of the Aikido Development Society since
Frank Burlingham - BAB Coaching Administration
5th Dan Institute of Aikido / United Kingdom Aikikai
||Frank Burlingham is the Chief Instructor of Broadland
Aikido Club and a Senior Instructor within the Institute of
Aikido. Frank holds a Bachelor of Education (Hons) Degree
and has worked for the past 23 years as a college lecturer
teaching Carpentry & Joinery, Furniture making and Wood
Machining he now teaches Performing Arts Technical Theatre.
Frank took on the post of Coaching Development Officer two
years ago when the former C.D.O. had to stand down from the
Frank started his Aikido
career in 1972 under Htun Han Sensei in Lowestoft Suffolk.
He was graded 1st & 2nd Dan by Yoshimitsu Yamada Shihan &
Mitsunari Kanai Shihan. 3rd, 4th & 5th Dans by H Foster
Sensei (IOA) & W Smith Shihan (UKA).
In the mid 1970s
Frank moved to London where he met and studied under H
Foster Sensei. In 1978 he moved to Toronto Canada and
studied for many years at the Japanese Canadian Cultural
Centre (JCCC) under Osamu Obata Shihan.
return to the UK in 1985 he met and studied under W Smith
Shihan at the same time he also met and studied under T Moss
Sensei. In 1987 Frank became chief instructor of Broadland
Aikido Club. In 1999 he brought together for the 1st time
the heads of three associations (H Foster IOA, W Smith UKA &
T Moss Yama Arashi) to teach in what was then known as the
Big Three Course. This course evolved into the annual
Lowestoft Course which held it’s 10th seminar in 2008.
Frank has travelled extensively around the world
studying and teaching Aikido, the highlight of this for
Frank was being given the honour of practising at the Hombu
Dojo and Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, and taking part in a
demonstration at the Budokan stadium in Tokyo.
Grev Cooke - BAB Coaching
in 1950 at Kenilworth, Warwickshire, I am the BAB Coaching Administration Officer (BAB CAO)
and a member of the Yama Arashi, which is affiliated to the
Yama Arashi Brussels. Mr Tony Thielemans Sensei is the Principal of the YA-Brussels which next year (2009)
celebrates its fiftieth year
I started Aikido
on 09/05/1973, why so precise?, It was a day
away from my friends birthday and a group of us decided we
needed to do something to keep fit and we discussed the
merits of Judo and Karate until someone mentioned Aikido. Only one of us had any idea what is was but it sounded
interesting. Three of us turned up at the club but as a
grading was imminent we were asked to join in doing the best
we could as after the grading we would be taught 'properly'.
So for a couple of weeks we had no idea what we were doing
and even over the following few months didn't really have a
much of an idea. What we did know was that this was
something different, exciting and the enthusiasm of our
Principal Mr Tom Moss was so captivating. When I started
there were five others that started within a few weeks and
somehow we all took our 1st Dan grades together.
This bond has remained over all these years. Of the five,
Mrs Barbara Moss is our Principal, Brian Kennedy is a Senior
Instructor, Victor Williams
is Chief Instructor at an Aikido club in Rochester USA,
Steve Martin had to stop Aikido a few years ago due to the
almost inevitable knee problems. I often wonder how many
students we have trained between us. Not bad for a group in
a pub 25 years ago with no idea what Aikido was.
Over the years
we have trained with many different instructors that to
mention by name would infer a sort of preference whereas I
have learnt from them all. There is one memorable session
that will stay with me because it was so unexpected. We had
trained with Kanetsuka Sensei a few times and quickly learnt
that to attack at less than 100% would be to your detriment! I turned up at the UKA in Cradley on the Saturday session.
Bill Smith Sensei took the first session and made me feel
like one of his own
students. Then Kanetsuka Sensei turned up to take the
remaining class which usually started by 'testing' any
student he didn't know very well so I was done for. There
were only about 12 students on the mat and he took a master
class in Tenchi Nage showing me in great detail so many
points my head hurt but he did it in such a gentle manner I
was enthralled. What a pleasure.
I have been so
lucky to belonging to an Association that prides itself on
its students well being with an open attitude to the
physical and mental virtues of Aikido initially instigated
by Tom Moss and carried on by his wife Barbara Moss. Aikido
has given me many friendships and life changing
opportunities I can only thank everyone involved and still
wonder what would have happened if we chose Judo or Karate
all those years ago.
Started Aikido 1973
1st Dan Aikido 1976
2nd Dan Aikido 1982
1st Dan Kendo 1982 (Won the Lidestone Kendo competition. The
Lidestone was memorable as only one other Midlander had won this Taikai)
3rd Dan Aikido 1991
1st Level Reiki 1991
YAUK joined the BAB 1994
4th Dan Aikido 1998
CL3 on 1998
CDO in 1999
1st Kyu Iaido 2001
My role within the BAB is to help the Coaching Development
Officer to promote and deliver a high class coaching system.
Within this role I have had the pleasure of working with Andrew Baird, Bob Jones
currently Frank Burlingham. All of these BAB CDO’s have
brought differing insights to the coaching system and have
progressively advanced our coaching to such a high level.
Over the last few years the unification of coaching with
our child protection
policies will take the BAB coach to a much more balanced and
I am passionate that we maintain a coaching
system that brings associations together in a common bond. I
like most older Aikidoists remember bunny jumps, neck
exercises, treating kids as small adults etc that through
lack of knowledge injured so many students. With the correct
understanding of good coaching methods there is no reason
why a student
|Terence Bayliss - Member's
Sub Committee Chairman,
BAB Clubmark Officer
Mr. Terence Dion Bayliss has been teaching Aikido for well
over 35 years both in the United Kingdom and many overseas
In 2003 he was promoted to the rank of 7th Dan and also
awarded the title of Shihan, both being ratified by numerous
B.A.B Aikido associations in Great Britain and by leading
He is the Principal Instructor of Seijitsu Aikido Ryu and
holds the highest coaching levels awarded by the British
Aikido Board, namely that of Senior Coach and Coach Tutor.
Shihan Bayliss holds a position on the British Aikido Board
as Chairman of the New Member’s Committee and has recently
been appointed the B.A.B Clubmark Officer.
In his pursuit of knowledge Shihan Bayliss has travelled
overseas and studied under many of the Great Aikido Masters
to perfect his Aikido.
His latest pursuit is the study of Tai Chi under the
direction of Master Michael Sheridan.
Shihan Bayliss teaches at his Dojo in Staffordshire which
has B.A.B Clubmark recognition
Sue Ward - BAB
Lead Safeguarding Officer
|I first studied aikido in the late
1980s, and after a break of a few years returned to the mat
in 1993 under the tuition of Sensei Brian Stockwell of
Tenchi Ryu Aikido.
I was awarded the grade of Shodan in
2004, mainly in recognition of the voluntary work I have
done to build the Tenchi Ryu Association. Some people tell
me that I could be quite good at aikido, but I have so much
else going on in my life I tend to focus on the ‘behind the
scenes’ stuff. I do venture on to the mat from time to time
but after receiving a few kotegaeshi breakfalls I soon
remember why I ‘retired early’ from training!
held the post of BAB Child Protection Officer since 2007 and
through my work with the Child Protection in Sport Unit I
have secured the ‘foundation’ level of safeguarding
standards for the BAB. This was one of my proudest
achievements as it sets us firmly in the national
safeguarding framework alongside other big players such as
football, cricket and rugby.
In addition to the work I do
for aikido at both local and national level I also work as a
part-time fitness instructor, part time college tutor and
assessor, and more recently as a part-time university
lecturer delivering courses in sport development and event
management. I also manage to fit in a full time job running
the family print business.
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|Media Officer: Mick Mercer
Mercer started his martial arts experience studying judo
when he first joined the RAF in 1977. After graduating as a
pilot in 1981 he left martial arts behind to focus on
surviving the rigours of flying in the height of the Cold
War. In 1990, while serving in North Yorkshire he discovered
a small Aikido school being taught by Ken Robson Sensei
through the Shudokan Institute of Aikido headed by Eddie
Stratton Sensei; and his interest in martial arts was
rekindled. Although his career in the RAF took him to many
different places he always managed to find somewhere to
train. In 2001 he was posted to Malaysia where he was lucky
enough to be near Francis Ramasamy Sensei a 6th Dan
Yoshinkan Aikido (now 7th Dan) and he enjoyed 2 years of
regular training under the same teacher. On returning to UK
he decided to finish his RAF career early and set up a full
time Aikido school in Preston Lancashire, where his grown up
children had settled. The dojo is now in its 7th year and
Mick teaches 6 days a week and attends as many seminars as
he possibly can in order to continue learning