Dear Fellow Aikidoka
The current coronavirus outbreak is posing a major threat to Aikido in the UK, with many clubs being forced to temporarily close their dojos and some even facing permanent closure because of the financial implications.
Major courses have been cancelled including the BAB’s Spring Weapons Course and visits from foreign Sensei will no longer take place.
The Board’s AGM, scheduled for May, has also been cancelled though this will not affect the day to day operations of the Board and an EGM will be arranged to deal with outstanding matters as soon as the situation permits.
For those clubs that feel able to continue can I refer you to the useful article, on the website, from our Insurance Brokers on the current insurance cover.
Can I also commend to you the Article from the Aikido Journal entitled Age of Coronavirus: A Time for Leadership and Unity, also on the website, which is a powerful statement that goes right to the governing principles and philosophy of our wonderful art, with many thought provoking messages.
I encourage everyone to maintain a regular “aiki” exercise and breathing regimes and to consider practicing techniques and movements with a “shadow partner” so that when the present crisis subsides we are all fit to resume training. Also think about other clubs, in your area, not necessarily within your own Association, who may need help starting up again as their Sensei’s may no longer be available or feel able to run their class.
If anyone has any further ideas for keeping the aiki spirit going please let us know – on-line classes etc.
Stay safe everyone