BAB Representatives

BAB Chairman – Keith Holland FCIS, F.Inst AM(Adv Dip)

Keith Holland

Keith Holland

I initially practiced Judo for 7yrs, studying under Sensei Masutaro Otani 7th Dan, until a serious back injury curtailed further training.

In 1984 I took my son to ‘The Hut’ ( Institute of Aikido) ,believing it to be a Judo club and immediately became hooked on aikido, which is now a life passion.
We subsequently joined Kurai Aikido and I became increasingly involved, ‘off the mat’, with both the Club 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, Sensei, Roy Sheppard 6th Dan would often take time to give me a personal explanation of the techniques and principles 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, progressing through to my being awarded Yondan in October 2016. I am a BAB Level 1 Coach , and hold NCFE Train the Trainers Certification ( NVQ Level 3/4)

Kurai Aikido is part of the UK Shinwakai family and I am also Convenor of the UK Shinwakai Board
My involvement with the BAB grew from becoming Joint National Course Organiser in 2000, a position which I still hold, to my appointment as Vice Chairman of the Board in 2007 and Acting Chairman in 2013.

I have been Chairman since 2014.

Leslie Cuthbert – Vice-Chairman and Legal and Corporate Governance Officer

Leslie started practising Aikido under Senseis Haydn Foster and Ron Russell at The Hut dojo in 1990 whilst studying law at Brunel University. After leaving University he struggled to find a club with a similar approach to where he was living until in 2008 he began training with Sensei Henry Rayner in Chelmsford as part of British Birankai.

Following an injury to Sensei Rayner Leslie then found a new home with Sensei Gary Perrin and with Kurai Aikido where he took his first Dan and Coach Level 1 courses.

In his time away from Aikido Leslie qualified as a solicitor and now undertakes a number of judicial roles as well as working as a legal consultant and trainer.

He also a member of the Boards’s Case Management Group.

BAB Insurance Officer – Vincent Sumpter


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.

On his return to England he practiced at Oxford University under Sensei Minoru Kanetsuka (7th Dan) who graded him Nidan in 1984.
In 1986 he joined the Kai Shin Kai Aikido Association, and through the Japan Aikido Association [JAA] was graded to Sandan in 1988 and to Yondan in1990.

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Over the past 30 years Vincent has taught regularly at Kai Shin Kai Clubs in the UK, USA and Italy.

He has been a regular Guest instructor at the Leeds BAA Tomiki Summer School and has made several trips to Minsk, Belarussia, teaching Bokken and Jo- jutsu to the International Aikikai-registered group registered there.

In recognition of his many years in the practice and teaching of aikido, he currently holds the grade of Rokudan with the Kai Shin Kai.

Vincent was Chairman of the BAB from 2002 to 2012 and on his retirement from that post took on the role of BAB Insurance Liaison Officer. He also a member of the Boards’s Case Management Group.



Secretary to the British Aikido Board – Shirley Timms


Shirley Tims

Shirley Timms I 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 involved, I 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 2016 I was awarded 4th Dan for services to Aikido, which I felt much honoured to receive.


BAB Finance Officer – Piers Cooke

Piers Cooke

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

BAB Webmaster and Executive Member – Stephen Billett FIAP


Stephen Billett 6th Dan BAB Webmaster


Born in 1955, Steve found his first martial art ‘Judo’ during 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 Open. From that day onwards he learned never to underestimate an opponent, he was lucky to win these contests.

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.

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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 working towards his Wado Ryu 1st Dan at the moment after originally starting with Prof Tatsuo Suzuki 8th Dan and has been Chairman of the Aikido Development Society since 2000.

Frank Burlingham – BAB Coaching Development Officer

6th Dan Aikikai Zen Ten / 5th Dan Hombu (United Kingdom Aikikai)

Frank Burlingham is the Principle of Aikikai Zen Ten and Chief Instructor of Broadland Aikido Club; he is a former Senior Instructor and governing board member within the Institute of Aikido.

Frank holds a Bachelor of Education (Hons) Degree and worked for over 27 years as a college lecturer teaching Carpentry & Joinery, Furniture making, Wood machining and Performing Arts Technical Theatre.

Frank took on the post of Coaching Development Officer in 2006.

Frank started his Aikido career in 1972 under Htun Han Sensei in Lowestoft Suffolk.

In the mid 1970s Frank moved to London where he met and studied under Chiba sensei and then after Chiba sensei left the U.K, studied under H Foster Sensei. In 1978 he moved to Toronto Canada and studied for many years under Osamu Obata Shihan at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC).

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Upon Franks return to the UK in 1985 he re-established his connections with Foster sensei and also 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. In 2010 Frank brought together, H. Foster sensei, Osamu Obata Shihan (Canada) and Philip Lee Shihan (Singapore) for the first International Friendship Seminar at Broadland Aikido Club, to this day this seminar rotates around the UK, Canada and Singapore.

Frank 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). After the passing of Foster sensei in 2012 he was promoted to 6th Dan by the senior members of the Institute of Aikido. In August of 2016 Frank founded a new association, Aikikai Zen Ten.

Frank has and still travels 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.

Bob Salloway – BAB Coaching Administration Officer

I  started Aikido around 1981. My then girlfriend was training regularly and I would collect her at the end of the evening. I watched the end of training for several months before being finally persuaded to set foot on the mat. Ten years later, I achieved black belt, 2nd dan in 2006 and 3rd dan in 2010.

I started my own club after being invited to put a demonstration at a local martial arts centre which was looking to broaden its range of arts on offer. It went down very well and I was stunned to be asked to run a regular class there. In those days, there was only a handful of different martial arts being offered locally.

All I can recall from those days is Judo, Karate, Tai Chi and Kickboxing (and a little aikido, if you were prepared to travel).

Pinner club London was opened in November 1995 and I’ve been instructing ever since, now at 2 locations. I hold the BAB Level 3 coach award and did a stint as CLO for the Kai Shin Kai for about 4 years. I am now trying to help support others to develop their coaching skills by assisting with its administration for the BAB.

Terence Bayliss – Member’s Sub Committee Chairman

Terry BaylissTerence Dion Bayliss has been teaching Aikido for well over 35 years both in the United Kingdom and many overseas countries.

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 Shihans abroad.

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

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.

Geoff Aisbitt – BAB Lead Safeguarding Officer

I started my Aikido career back in 1988 with the Aikido Union England, and moved associations to the Kobukan Aikido Association in 1991 and obtained my Shodan in both Aikido and Aiki-Jitsu in 1993.

In 2007 I formed the Kogusoku Aikido Association which is a member of Seijitsu Aikido Ryu with Shihan Terry Bayliss.

I currently hold the grade of Sandan in Aiki-Jitsu and Godan in Aikido. I have run both adult’s and children’s aikido classes for over 15 years and have enjoyed every class.

My full time employment at present is that of a fire safety advisor with a NHS Trust. During the 10 years with the NHS I have attended numerous Children and Vulnerable Adult safeguarding courses.

I have just recently taken on the position of Lead Safeguarding Officer for the BAB and hopefully I can continue the excellent work that the previous LSO Sue Ward did whilst holding the position.