Open Letter to the British Aikido Board by Chairman and Vice Chairman
It was with great regret that on 8th August we found it necessary to resign from our appointments on the British Aikido Board
This decision was not taken lightly as both of us joined the Board because of our commitment to the promotion and development of aikido.
Unfortunately, however, in recent months we have found certain elements have shown a distinct lack of understanding of the Board’s professed core value of harmony and we have been wrongly accused, on a number of occasions, of power seeking and the flouting of constitutional processes.
Whilst we have for many years been willing to commit a major amount of our time, on a voluntary basis, to support the work of the Board, we are not prepared to accept unwarranted attacks on our character.
We were advised that these allegations were to be taken to the forthcoming AGM, in the form of a personal attack on the Chairman and whilst we believe we have been able to show conclusively to the Executive Committee that there is no substance to any of the allegations, we feel that the prospect of an inevitable major confrontation at the AGM could only do harm to the future of the Board, at a time when as we fight back from the impact of COV-id 19, unity is paramount.
This decision is also set against disillusionment with a background of high expectations from our membership, yet an almost total apathy towards actively supporting the work of the Board. What often gets forgotten when people complain is that the Board is unique amongst National Governing Bodies, in that it relies totally on voluntary effort and operates through its member Associations rather than directly with its membership.
Having both given many years’ service to the Board we look back with satisfaction at what we have helped achieve and hope that the opportunity now presented to enable “fresh leadership” will help to drive the Board forward. However, if the Board is to achieve its objectives, particularly promoting the values of Aikido and ensuring that as the NGB it sets the highest standards then in must be adequately resourced and this will not happen without a realistic income, which needs to come, at least initially from its membership.
We remain strong supporters of the Board and will continue to be available to offer informal advice and assistance if needed.
Keith Holland Leslie Cuthbert
Chairman Vice Chairman