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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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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.

There are three main Coaching levels. These are Levels 1, 2 and 3. Additional BAB and UK Coaching modules/courses are also required for CL2 and CL3 and shown in tables 1&2 below.

How to take a BAB Coaching Course

  • The CL1 course can be taken with an Association or a BAB tutor
  • The CL2 and CL3 courses are taken with a BAB Tutor
  • The CL2 and CL3 course units are taken with either a BAB or UK Coaching tutor

To apply for a coaching course add your details to the coaching application form on the BAB website or download a form and after it is signed by your CLO or head of Association send it to the BAB Coaching Administration Officer

New Associations Instructors must take the BAB Coach Level 1 course (CL1) coaching award within the one year from the start of their probationary period. This is a mandatory requirement.

First Aid First Aid is not a mandatory requirement. However, all Coaches carry a “Duty of Care” for all students under their supervision and the Board highly recommends that all Coaches have an externally validated HSE approved First Aid award. First Aid qualifications should be assessed, and candidates awarded a certificate of competence, not just a certificate of attendance.

Contact Information for the BAB Coaching Team

Coaching Development Officer (BAB CDO) Mr Frank Burlingham coaching@bab.org.uk

Coaching Administration Officer (BAB CAO) Mr Grev Cooke coachingadmin@bab.org.uk

The main Coaching Levels

Coach Level 1 (CL1) This award is for students intending to instruct without supervision at club level. Candidates must:

  • Candidates must be an adult (18 years or over) when registered for the course.
  • Be recommended by their Association, possess the necessary technical knowledge in Aikido, and hold a minimum grade of Aikido 1st Kyu.
  • Attend a Level 1 Coach course, approved by the Board, which will comprise a minimum of 12 hours (with a minimum of 9 hours theory).
  • Be successful in the assessment of a period of peer Coaching.

Coach Level 2 (CL2) This award is for students intending to instruct without supervision at club level and beginning to engage in Coaching activity at Association level. Candidates must:

  • Be recommended by their Association and possess the necessary technical knowledge in Aikido.
  • Attend a series of Level 2 Coach course units, approved by the Board and shown in the table below. These can be taken with an approved BAB or a UK Coaching tutor.
  • Have held CL1 for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Have evidence of practical coaching for a minimum of two years since receiving CL1.
  • Have been directly involved in training a number of students to 1st kyu.
  • Successfully complete pre-course work which is returned to the tutor at least 2 weeks prior to the CL2 assessment.
  • Successfully complete a one-day assessment which includes a 30 minute period of peer Coaching.

The BAB has soft launched the BAB Coaching Online Learning Site at https://elearning.bab.org.uk/ the BAB Units are slowly becoming available for you to take on this site

The CL2 courses can be taken with either scUK or the BAB face to face or online where applicable and are shown below. Five units need to be taken for CL2, they are, three core units which are:

 


Core – CL2 course units
UK Coaching Units BAB Units
Coaching Children & Young People Young People
Coaching Methods and Communication  Communication
Safe Exercise, Injury Prevention and Management Managing Risk

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Plus any of the following to make up the total of five CL2 Units
UK Coaching Units BAB Units
Safeguarding & Protecting Children Protecting Children
Fitness and Training Fit for Purpose
Equity in your Coaching Equity
How to coach Disabled People in sport Coaching Disabled People
A Guide to mentoring Sports Coaches Mentoring Coaches
Improving Practice & Skill Practice, Skill and Technique
Planning & Periodisation Planning for Success
Not available Event Planning and Delivery

.           UK Coaching units Click here to visit the UK Coaching website to view available coaching units.

Final Assessment

Each theory session will last a minimum of 3 hours

An approved Coach tutor will make an assessment of coaching capability. Assessment will take place throughout the course and both during the theoretical and practical sessions. Each candidate will be expected to coach for a total of 30 minutes and be able to answer specific questions related to the application of the theoretical sessions.

Final Assessment Criteria: The candidate must demonstrate

• Application of coaching theory
• Use of differing teaching styles
• Effective Communication
• Safety and Duty of Care
• Lesson structure, relevance and progression
• Confidence
• Safe approach to exercise

First Aid is not a mandatory requirement. However all coaches carry a “Duty of care” for all students under their supervision and the Board highly recommends that all coaches have an externally validated HSE approved First Aid award.

First Aid qualifications should be assessed and candidates awarded a certificate of competence and not just a certificate of attendance. Upon satisfying these requirements and having a satisfactory assessment from the coach tutor certificates of competence will then be issued via their Association.

Coach Level 3 (CL3) This award is for experienced coaches working at national level within their associations. Candidates must:

  • Be recommended by their Association and possess the necessary technical knowledge in Aikido.
  • Provide a full Coaching C.V. supported by a statement from their Principal/Chairman or CLO.
  • To have evidence of practical coaching for at least 3 years since achieving coach level 2 and prior to taking coach level 3.
  • Candidates will have been directly involved in the training of a number of students to 1st Dan.
  • Attend a series of Level 3 coach courses, approved by the Board.
  • Successfully complete pre-course work which is returned to the tutor at least 2 weeks prior to the CL3 assessment.
  • Successfully complete a one-day assessment which includes a 30 minute period of peer Coaching.

 

The BAB has soft launched the BAB Coaching Online Learning Site at https://elearning.bab.org.uk/ the BAB Units are slowly becoming available for you to take on this site

After achieving CL2, the remaining six CL3 course units can be taken with either scUK or the BAB face to face or online where applicable and are shown below:
scUK Coaching Units BAB Units
Safeguarding & Protecting Children Protecting Children
Fitness and Training Fit for Purpose
Equity in your Coaching Equity
How to coach Disabled People in sport Coaching Disabled People
A Guide to mentoring Sports Coaches Mentoring Coaches
Improving Practice & Skill Practice, Skill and Technique
Planning & Periodisation Planning for Success
Not available Event Planning and Delivery

.       UK Coaching units Click here to visit the UK Coaching website to view available coaching units

Final Assessment

An approved Coach tutor will make an assessment of coaching capability. Assessment will take place throughout the course and both during the theoretical and practical sessions. Each candidate will be expected to coach for a total of 30 minutes and be able to answer specific questions related to the application of the theoretical sessions.

Final Assessment Criteria: The candidate must demonstrate

• Application of coaching theory
• Use of differing teaching styles
• Effective Communication
• Safety and Duty of Care
• Lesson structure, relevance and progression
• Confidence
• Safe approach to exercise

First Aid is not a mandatory requirement. However all coaches carry a “Duty of care” for all students under their supervision and the Board highly recommends that all coaches have an externally validated HSE approved First Aid award.

First Aid qualifications should be assessed and candidates awarded a certificate of competence and not just a certificate of attendance.

Upon satisfying these requirements and having a satisfactory assessment from the coach tutor certificates of competence will then be issued via their Association.

In addition to the basic criteria shown above for CL1, 2 and 3 candidates may have to satisfy any specific requirements laid down by their own Association. For an in depth coaching description, please download the BAB Coaching and Club Handbook All the relevant Coaching downloads are also accessible using the table below.

Coaching
0 . Coronavirus Guidance to the BAB Membershipversion 1.114-08-2020
1. BAB Coaching and Club Handbook Version 4a March 202013-03-2020
Application for the CL1 Course5 Oct 201605-10-2016
Application for the CL2 Course5 Oct 201605-10-2016
Application for the CL2 Unit(s)5 Oct 201605-10-2016
Application for the CL3 Course5 Oct 201605-10-2016
Application for the CL3 Unit(s)5 Oct 201605-10-2016
BAB Guidance notes for Aikidoka relating to Hepatitis C and Aids06-02-2012
Coach Level 2 OutlineApril 202211-04-2022
Coach Level 3 OutlineApril 202211-04-2022
Training Venue (Dojo) Risk Assessment Proformav1.017-11-2015
Weapons ProtocolFinal Verson May 201118-05-2011

BAB Coach Tutors

Ann Denise Billett
        Tutor Event Planning and Delivery (T3-8) 
        Tutor Update Coach (T3-6) 
        Tutor Coach Level 1 (T3-1) 
Stephen Leslie Billett (Steve) 
        Tutor Event Planning and Delivery (T3-8) 
        Tutor Update Coach (T3-6) 
        Tutor Refresher Coach (T3-6) 
        Tutor Coach Level 1 (T3-1) 
Stephen Boyle
Frank Burlingham
        Tutor Event Planning and Delivery (T3-8) 
        Tutor Coach Levels 1,2 and 3 (T3-7) 
        Tutor Update Coach (T3-6) 
        Tutor Mentoring (T3-5) 
        Tutor Equity (T3-3) 
        Tutor Protecting Children (T2-7) 
        Tutor Fit for Purpose (T2-6) 
        Tutor Planning for Success (T2-5) 
        Tutor Practice, Skill and Techniques (T2-4) 
        Tutor Practice, Skill and Techniques (T2-4) 
        Tutor Managing Risk (T2-3) 
        Tutor Communication (T2-2) 
        Tutor Young People (T2-1) 
Piers Cooke
        Tutor Refresher Coach (T3-6) 
        Tutor Coach Level 1 (T3-1) 
Janice Hemmings
        Tutor Refresher Coach (T3-6) 
        Tutor Coach Level 1 (T3-1) 
Michael Sheridan
        Tutor Refresher Coach (T3-6) 
        Tutor Coach Level 1 (T3-1) 
Robert Spence
        Tutor Coach Levels 1,2 and 3 (T3-7) 
        Tutor Refresher Coach (T3-6) 
        Tutor Fit for Purpose (T2-6) 
        Tutor Managing Risk (T2-3) 
        Tutor Young People (T2-1) 
Theresa Elizabeth Worsley (Tre) 
        Tutor Refresher Coach (T3-6) 
        Tutor Coach Level 1 (T3-1) 
        Tutor Managing Risk (T2-3) 
        Tutor Young People (T2-1) 
        Association Coach Tutor Level 1 (T1-1) 

Association Coach Tutors Level 1

[additional tutor qualifications in green]

Geoffrey Aisbitt
(Seijitsu Aikido Ryu)
Phillip Benge
(United Traditional Aikido)
        Tutor Refresher Coach (T3-6) 
Jonathan Davies
(Keitenshin Kai)
        Tutor Refresher Coach (T3-6) 
Sarah Williams
(Keitenshin Kai)
        Tutor Refresher Coach (T3-6) 
Mark Wilton
(Welsh Aikido Society)
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