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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 1225 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.

British Aikido Board COVID-19 Hub

Supplement 30 to the Coronavirus Guidance – England

The BAB joined a video meeting with Sport England & the DCMS again on the 6th May 2021 Information Received. Although the country will move to Step 3 on the 17th of May 2021, the combat sport framework will basically…

Supplement 29 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Scotland.

Supplement 29 to the Coronavirus Guidance  - Scotland  This guidance basically states you can practise Aikido indoors socially distanced for Adults if you live in Level 1,2 ,3 areas. Under 18s are permitted Contacted Aikido in Level 1,2,3  Areas The…

Supplement 27 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Wales Only Guidance

Supplement 27 applicable to Wales Only The BAB Covid-19 Officer for Wales advised the following. The Welsh Government have issued a written statement, and there is a improving coronavirus situation in Wales dates for the return of sport have been…

Return to the Dojo Status

Return to the Dojo Status We have received confirmation from the DCMS that our combat sport framework action plan for British Aikido Board Members (Return to the dojo) has been approved and has been placed on the government website Contact…

Return to the Dojo Documentation

Return to the Dojo - Documentation We have received confirmation from the DCMS that our combat sport framework action plan for British Aikido Board Members (Return to the dojo) has been approved and has been placed on the government website.…

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…

Supplement 25 to the Coronavirus Guidance All UK

From the BAB Insurance Liaison Officer To all BAB Member Associations, Clubs and individuals Re: Aikido Training Insurance in respect of the revised Sport England Covid-19 guidance, as published by the BAB Webmaster on 25 March 2021 The BAB has…

Supplement 24 to the Coronavirus Guidance – England

Latest information as of Monday 24th March 2021 (Revised Ventilation Information 26th March 2021) Revised by a Sport England email received evening of 24th of March 2021 The BAB joined a video meeting with Sport England & the DCMS today.…

Supplement 23 to the Coronavirus Guidance – England – Information from Sport England

Latest information as of Monday 19th March 2021 There is a meeting of the Return to Play Combat Sport Group on the 24th March 2021 where we hope to be given more information on our path back to Aikido in…

Supplement 22 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Scotland.

Supplement 22 to the Coronavirus Guidance  - Scotland  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: 2 April  Stay local    …

Supplement 21 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Scotland.

Supplement 21 to the Coronavirus Guidance  - Scotland  The First Minister today provided an update to the Scottish Parliament on COVID-19 and related restrictions. The statement sets out key changes to permitted outdoor sport and exercise that will come into…

Supplement 20 to the Coronavirus Guidance – England – Information from Sport England

Latest information as of Monday 8th March 2021  Aikido Classes ( Including Under 18's) Currently Indoor and Outdoor group exercise classes like Aikido STILL CANNOT take place. Quote: Steve Billett has been in constant touch with SportEngland and the DCMS concerning…

Supplement 19 to the Coronavirus Guidance – England – Roadmap out of lockdown

Aikido Classes ( Including Under 18's) Currently Indoor and Outdoor group exercise classes like Aikido STILL CANNOT take place. The Government have advised the following which means that Aikido classes are currently still closed. Although from the 29th March we…

Supplement 18 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Scotland.

Supplement 18 to the Coronavirus Guidance  - Scotland  Guidance on the new stay at home regulations that came into effect on 5 January 2021. Stay at Home To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, you must stay at home…

Supplement 17 to the Coronavirus Guidance – England – 4th January 2021 Tier 5 (National Lockdown)

Tier 5 National Lockdown (England) Aikido Classes ( Including Under 18's) Sport can't take place indoors under any circumstances, with gyms and swimming pools having to close. Indoor and Outdoor group exercise classes like Aikido CANNOT take place.  

Supplement 16 to the Coronavirus Guidance – England – 20th December 2020 Tier 4

Tier 4 Adult Aikido Classes Adult sport can't take place indoors under any circumstances, with gyms and swimming pools having to close. Indoor group exercise classes like Aikido CANNOT take place Under 18 Aikido Indoor sport is only allowed for under-18s…

Supplement 15 to the Coronavirus Guidance – England – 16th December 2020 Tier 3 Clarification

Tier 3 Adult Aikido Classes Although Gyms and sports facilities can continue to stay open for individual exercise or exercise among a household. Indoor group exercise classes like Aikido CANNOT take place Under 18 Aikido Classes socially distanced can continue,…

Supplement 14 to the Coronavirus Guidance – England – December 2020 Return to Contact Aikido Update

Supplement 14 to the Coronavirus Guidance - England - December 2020 Return to Contact Aikido Update We have finally received information concerning the Combat Sport Framework that the BAB is part of which includes Judo, Karate,Taekwondo plus others which will…

Revised Supplement 13 to the Coronavirus Guidance – England – December 2020 New 3 Tier System Clarification

Revised Supplement 13 to the Coronavirus Guidance - England Dec 2020 3 Tier System Clarification BAB Comment We are currently unsure of the new requirements of the December 2020 version of the 3 Tiers in England and are awaiting guidance from…

Supplement 12 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Wales Only Guidance

Supplement 12 applicable to Wales Only  The BAB Covid-19 for Wales advised the following. Following the lifting of the National Firebreak in Wales, Indoor Sports/Leisure activities have been allowed to resume from Monday 9th November 2020.  In order to comply…

Coronavirus Guidance – All UK COVID Officer training Video

Coronavirus Guidance - ALL UK - COVID OFFICER TRAINING VIDEO Although this has been issued by Sport Scotland, please watch the training video for COVID Officers even if you are not teaching in scotland. It is the responsibility of each…

Supplement 11 to the Coronavirus Guidance – All UK

Supplement 11 to the Coronavirus Guidance - ALL UK England Based upon the latest government statements at this time 2nd November 2020,  Unfortunately the BAB can only advise that Aikido Classes in England must follow the rules and close on…

Supplement 10 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Wales Only Guidance

Supplement 10 applicable to Wales Only  The BAB Covid-19 for Wales advised the following. The BAB received an email from  the Welsh Sports Association outlining the Welsh First Minister's bullets points on the Welsh National Lockdown ('fire break') commencing on…

Supplement 9 to the Coronavirus Guidance – England – Clarification 3 Tier System

Supplement 9 to the Coronavirus Guidance - England Clarification 3 Tier System  BAB Comments Latest government guidance from the Sport England website  https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/coronavirus#latestgovernmentguidance Every part of England is now in one of three Covid-19 alert levels: Tier 1 (medium), Tier…

Supplement 8 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Northern Ireland

Supplement 8 to the Coronavirus Guidance - Northern Ireland  From Friday 16th October 2020, no indoor sport or organised contact sport involving mixing of households will take place, other than at elite level. The restrictions will be in place for…

Supplement 7 to the Coronavirus Guidance – England – 3 Tier System

Supplement 7 to the Coronavirus Guidance - England 3 Tier System (revised 22:08 14th October) On 12 October the Prime Minister announced a new system of COVID-19 restrictions to replace the existing local lockdown measures in individual areas. Under the…

Supplement 6 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Scotland (Revised 9th Oct) .

Supplement 6 to the Coronavirus Guidance  - Scotland ( revised 9th October 2020) Scotland is gearing up for strict lockdown measures coming into force 8th October 2020 with rules around exercise have changed. Central belt area focusing on five health…

Supplement 5 to the Coronavirus Guidance – NHS QR Code for Track and Trace App

Supplement 5 to the Coronavirus Guidance - NHS QR Code for Track and Trace App It is recommended that each club creates a QR Code for your own Aikido Venue and ask your members to check-in at each training session,…

Coronavirus Guidance – Update 23rd September 2020

Coronavirus Guidance  - Update 23rd September 2020 - REVISED 16:36 Thursday 24th September 2020 The latest information the BAB currently has is from emails received from Sport England to the Recreational Combat Martial Arts Group that we are a part of:…

Supplement 4 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Wales Only Guidance

Supplement 4 applicable to Wales Only  The BAB attended a Sport Wales Covid-19 Meeting and the follows notes are added here to remind our BAB Memebers training in Wales. There was a reminder that members should not cross local lockdown…

Coronavirus Guidance – Update 10th September 2020 – Revised 11th Sept for clarity

Coronavirus Guidance  - Update 10th September 2020  We have received the following information from the Sport and Recreation Alliance Following the recent announcement from government on reduction of group sizes in social circles, the Sport and Recreation Alliance has been…

Supplement 3 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Infra-red Thermometers

Supplement 3 to the Coronavirus Guidance  - False information concerning the use of Infra-red Thermometers It has been suggested on the internet that the use of Infra-red Thermometers is dangerous and as the BAB has recommended there use in our…

Supplement 2 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Scotland.

Supplement 2 to the Coronavirus Guidance  - Scotland It is worth noting that schools return without social distancing in september and Scotland has set a date of 14th September for the return to contact sport (see p10 of this document).…

Supplement 1 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Mat Area.

Supplement 1 to the Coronavirus Guidance  - Mat Area Pods A pod is a group of people who are training together including the coach, also spectators, parents, carers; if they are in the dojo and within 2 meters of the…

COVID-19 Files for use.

We have made available the forms that you need to complete in word format and separated the other files into smaller pdf's in case you wish to send only a few to your members BAB Document and Image Download Area…

Return to (Social Distance) Aikido as of 15th August 2020

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…

Coronavirus Update for Aikidoka 31st July 2020

To: All BAB Members Following the Government announcement of the re-opening of Sports Centres, in England, on 25th July, and initial advice that non contact training could then be resumed, Guidelines were finalised to support the re-opening of BAB Clubs.…

Coronavirus Update for Aikidoka 16th July 2020

To: All BAB Members I am sure we have all welcomed the government announcement of the re-opening of sports centres etc and the suggestion that contact sports might resume. However, following Sport England clarification, I have regrettably to confirm that…

Coronavirus Update for Aikidoka 8th July 2020

To: All BAB Members Cov-id 19 I know members will be frustrated that, whilst many other sports are resuming training there is no such opportunity for Aikidoka. Also we see different standards required in other parts of the world with…

Coronavirus Update for Aikidoka 28th May 2020

Coronavirus Update for Aikidoka Recent Government announcements have indicated a move towards allowing elite sports, including contact sports, to resume training under strict protocols, which include the medical supervision of sessions. Whilst it is encouraging that such guidelines are being…

News from the BAB Chairman May 2020

News from the BAB Chairman May 2020         1. Coronavirus.Well we have seen the first signs of life for sport in the UK following the Governments easing of restrictions on a range of outdoor activities, albeit with…

ClubMatters

To help clubs/organisations in the face of coronavirus, #ClubMatters have developed some helpful new resources. Topics include connecting with members at home and running virtual meetings – keep an eye on this page as more is released! https://learn.sportenglandclubmatters.com/course/view.php?id=71

Sport England – Community Emergency Fund

Sport England – Community Emergency Fund April 2020 Dear Fellow Aikidoka We are aware that many Clubs will be adversely affected by having to close down, at least temporarily, due to the coronavirus and some will experience significant financial hardship.…

BAB Aikido Insurance Suspended

BAB Aikido Insurance Suspended until further notice With regard to the current tiresome Coronavirus epidemic, and in view of the requirement for all clubs to be closed, we have now cancelled all BAB insurance cover, which will not be re-instated…

Letter from the BAB Chairman

Letter from the BAB Chairman March 2020 Dear Fellow Aikidoka The current coronavirus outbreak is posing a major threat to Aikido in the UK, with many clubs being forced to temporarily close their dojos and some even facing permanent closure…

Insurance during COVID-19

Message from our insurance brokers, for those who are continuing to teach aikido. From: Michael Cashmore <Michael.Cashmore@endsleigh.co.uk> Subject: RE: Conona virus and insurance …. Corona Virus / Covid 19. Liability insurance protects you if claims are made that as a…

Age of Coronavirus: A Time for Leadership and Unity

I have been asked by the BAB Chairman to added this Aikido Journal article to the website.  Aikido Journal

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