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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 33 currently Full Member Associations with 12 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 1120 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”.

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Supplement 26 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Scotland.

Supplement 26 to the Coronavirus Guidance  – Scotland 

Currently, the BAB cannot recommend that Scottish Aikido clubs open indoors, But outside up to 15 Adults can NOW train socially distanced,
Adults Socially Distance Aikido indoors should be able to return after 15th May 2021.

This link shows revised information from the road map issued by Sportscotland. 
To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, you must stay at home as much as possible. By law, in a Level 4 area, you can only leave your home (or garden) for an essential purpose.
There is a list of examples of reasonable excuses below. Although you can leave home for these purposes, you should stay as close to home as possible.
To minimise the risk of spread of coronavirus, it is crucial that we all avoid unnecessary travel.

  • To participate or facilitate in an organised outdoor non-contact sport or exercise in groups of up to 15 people.


Scottish Government has also now published a new Coronavirus (COVID-19): timetable for easing restrictions document.

The key indicative dates most relevant to the sport sector are:

  • 5 April For 12-17 year olds
    Outdoor contact sport can resume.
  • 26 April (Described as a move to a modified level 3 for mainland Scotland.)
    • Gyms
      Gyms can open for individual exercise (NB: Scottish Government has previously used ‘gyms’ to refer to indoor sports facilities generally).
  • 17 May (Described as a move to level 2.)
    • Outdoor sport
      Outdoor adult contact sport can resume.
    • Indoor group exercise
      Indoor adult non-contact group activity can restart.

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