To All Members, Clubs, Associations
We all know this is an extraordinary time in history. In one of the oldest democracy’s in the world the government has restricted our right to travel, to go to work, to exercise, to enjoy various forms of entertainment, to even meet our family members and loved ones. If you had suggested this as you were eating your Christmas dinner last December people would have said you were crazy.
As we all get used to the new rules of living under the threat of COVID-19, life in all its wonderful variations must go on. People who have medical conditions must have their regular hospital treatments, people who have been totally isolated and very possibly suffering from anxiety or other mental health conditions must be remembered and cared for.
The answer isn’t necessarily more lock down, more isolation, and more anxiety. It is about getting back to normal wherever possible.
The contact martial arts community; Karate, Aikido, Wrestling, Boxing etc. have formed a group called the Recreational Contact Combat Group. The BAB is part of that group which is making representations to the government for return to full contact martial arts. The previous chairman has been working tirelessly with that group and other experts trying to get Aikido back.
We are pleased to announce:
In the last week the remaining members of the executive have made a tremendous effort and it is now clear that Aikido, without contact, and with social distancing along with a raft of caveats, risk assessments and paperwork can return to training both outdoors and indoors, venues permitting.
The BAB insurance policy will be re-instated from the 15th August 2020.
If clubs wish to return to training they will be free to do so as long as they follow the government and BAB guidelines which have been laid out at great length on the BAB website COVID-19 Hub. Those who do not want to return to training don’t have to.
The return to training does not cover any form of contact. It is for socially distanced exercise, e.g. kata, weapons, meditation, breathing etc. only. It is done at the aikidoka’s, and club’s own risk. Lots of paperwork needs to be completed.
The insurance cover is for the standard risks, it does not cover any COVID-19 related claims whatsoever.
Acting Chairman BAB