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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 34 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 1143 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 32 to the Coronavirus Guidance – England

The BAB contacted Sport England and the DCMS on the 6th July 2021 to request the latest information.

Information Received from Sport England.

We are still in the position that’s on our website – we are continuing to work with DCMS to understand what the Step 4 changes mean specifically for sport and physical activity. We will update you and our website as soon as we have more information. In terms of timeline it will likely be early next week that we will have more intel (which is in line with previous timeframes ahead of each step and when we have updated our FAQs).

However, the PM’s announcement on the 5th of July shed some light on what Step 4 is likely to look like which should help with headline planning. He mentioned that most restrictions (including social gathering, capacity restrictions, and school bubbles) would likely be removed.

So at this time the BAB expects that all clubs will be able to train with contact aikido as of the week commencing 19th July. In light of this please ask you club and association to ensure you BAB membership is valid as it includes your person to person and public liability insurance. 

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