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British Aikido Board

The National Governing Body for Aikido in the United Kingdom.
Aikido is a martial art founded by Morihei Ueshiba, that focuses on harmonising with your opponent, it can be practiced as a sport, self defence and an art using hand to hand and japanese weapons.

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 offering 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 35 currently Full Member Associations with 11 Associate and Probationary Member Associations of regional and national status, who each retain their independence, both technically and financially, with a combined membership of some 5,000 , which includes 1204 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 UK Coaching / Sport England.
•  Organising a National Courses.
•  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 Development Plan will support their key objective of encouraging all Aikido groups to join together under this “Aikido umbrella”.

  • Establish Mindfulness

  • Establish Mindfulness

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BAB GDPR Toolkit

BAB GDPR Toolkit

Please find the BAB GDPR Toolkit page.

We have put together some documents that will help you prepare for the new GDPR requires that come into affect on the 25th May 2018. 


Much of this information has been collected from the Sports Alliance that the BAB is a member of on your behalf. We know this is late but these templates have only very recently been released by them. The templates are all in Word which will allow you to create your own versions. Please find a passworded Zip file with full documentation BAB_GDPR_Toolkit_Passworded (Password August 2018 )

1.This document I believe will be issued signed by the BAB to confirm that Association are passing personal data to the BAB for processing membership data.
Data Processing Agreement

2.Template for a Association Data Protection policy
Association Policy

3.Template for a Association website based Privacy Notice
Association Website Privacy Notice

4. Template for a Club Data Protection policy
Club Policy Template

5. Template for a Club Website Privacy Notice
Club Website Privacy Notice

6. Notice to be added to All Membership application forms Examples below.
Membership Form Notice

7. Typical Membership form created by the Lancaster Aikikai that uses a slightly revised notice. please note that they use 2 pages, Page 1 sent to the Association  (then the information is sent to the BAB) and the 2nd retained by the club.
Lancaster Aikikai Form Example

ADS GDPR Example

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