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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 36 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 1223 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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History :

Ken Shin Kai meaning `The Association of Strong Heart, Mind and Spirit` was established in Portsmouth, Hampshire in 1985 under the direction of David Eayrs, after it had been running under the name of the Shudokan since 1970s. The Principal Coach of Ken Shin Kai is Sensei Garry Masters 7th Dan Yoshinkan Aikido Instructor who has been teaching Yoshinkan Aikido for over 40 years. The Chief Instructor of Ken Shin Kai is Sensei Richard Lewis 5th Dan Yoshinkan Aikido Instructor who has been teaching martial arts for over 50 years.

Ken Shin Kai practises the Yoshinkan style of Aikido as taught by Soke Gozo Shioda Sensei, with an open mind to other styles of Aikido. Ken Shin Kai also incorporates the use of weapons to enhance the concentration and accuracy required to complete a successful Aikido technique. Weapons used include; Bokken (Wooden Sword), Jo (4´ Staff), Tanjo (2´ Staff), Tanbo (Short Stick) and Tanto (Wooden Knife).

The great attraction of Yoshinkan Aikido, is that it is a hard, practical style that can be used to counter any attack, without causing serious injury to the attacker, the techniques practised, require very little strength to make them effective, and therefore can be practised by both men and women of all ages. Yoshinkan Aikido deals with pressure points, throws and locks and is not sport orientated or competitive.

Beginners are taught Kihon Dosa (basic movements), Ukemi (breakfalls) and a few basic techniques for the first six months of their training. These are designed to condition the body whilst practising Aikido. At an intermediate stage students will be shown dynamic techniques to control a partners attack by blending with their power and redirecting it against them. Advanced students are encouraged to practice combinations of techniques, jiyu waza (free style), weapons and techniques from multiple attacks.

Ken Shin Kai is very reserved with its award of Kyu and Dan grades, students must train a minimum of six months between Kyu gradings and are expected to have trained regularly for a period of 3 to 5 years since their previous grading before being considered for each Dan grading.Quality not Quantity.

Membership Type : Full Member

Style :

As a style of aikido, Yoshinkan is more akin to the pre-war aikibudo techniques taught by Morihei Ueshiba, and therefore also generally closer to aikijujutsu than those styles of aikido developed after the war. The unusual emphasis placed on correct form prior to practicing correct flow and timing further contributes to its image as a hard style.

Gozo Shioda created a structured method in which beginning students would learn the foundation techniques. Techniques are performed by a pair of students called uke (the partner on whom the technique is performed) and shite (the partner who performs the technique). They are categorized by elements such as the initiating attack, the applicable control and whether it is a pin or throw. They are further divided into two groups called ichi (first) and ni (second) techniques. Ichi techniques have a feeling of the energy moving towards uke, while ni techniques have a feeling of energy moving towards shite. For example, in an ichi technique, shite would move in the same direction as a pull by uke, while in a ni technique, shite would divert or pivot away from a push by uke.

The current method of breaking the techniques into steps and the kihon dosa were developed in order to facilitate teaching beginners in a group. The kenshusei codified many of these methods in consultation with Gozo Shioda, especially Kyoichi Inoue and Takashi Kushida.

To remove stiffness from techniques taught in this way, practitioners over the rank of shodan also practice timing and flow.



Dee Masters
 
Association Website : http://www.kenshinkai.org.uk/
Email the Ken Shin Kai Chairman : Garry Masters
Email the Ken Shin Kai Vulnerable Adult & Child Safety Officer : Dee Masters



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