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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 1137 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.

Return to the dojo documentation

We have received confirmation from the DCMS that our combat sport framework action plan for British Aikido Board Members has been approved and has been placed on the government website.
Contact combat sports including Members of the British Aikido Board should only allow activities within the applicable phase(s) to take place.

Note : Although the following documentation is written specifically for BAB Members,  the advice and Covid-19 training principles and requirements contained therein may be used and applied by any and all non-affiliated Aikido Associations in England. For non-affiliated organisations any references to specific BAB membership/insurance requirements may be ignored .

Note from the BAB Insurance Liaison Officer

The BAB has training insurance in place covering civil liability and personal accident for Associations, Clubs, Instructors and Students.  This insurance is operative on the understanding that DCMS Covid-19 sport training guidance is being followed.  It does not, however, cover claims resulting from Covid-19 infection as a result of such training.   Associations, Clubs and individuals are also reminded that cover is dependant upon individuals and clubs being registered as in membership of the BAB vide the monthly membership returns.  So if you intend returning to training in April please ensure you are listed on your Association’s membership return for that month – or a subsequent month if returning later.

Note from the BAB Covid-19 Officer and BAB Equity Officer

The BAB recognises that the COVID-19 vaccine is not currently a mandatory or statutory requirement and that individuals have the right to refuse. Further to this the BAB, Associations & Clubs have a duty of care to encourage and support safe practice, participation, coaching at all levels. One key element in achieving this is the development of robust club level risk assessments that recognise the additional challenges introduced by COVID-19.

At this stage the BAB considers that there is a moral obligation for individuals to inform Club Leaders and or Associations that they have not been vaccinated. The reason for non-vaccination is not required and the means of communicating the information in a sensitive and confidential manner are for Associations and or Clubs to determine. This information must only be utilised by Associations and or Clubs to update, amend, improve risk assessments and associated controls to further reduce the risk of infection for the benefit of their participants.

The Club Leaders overarching responsibility is their duty of care for the safety of the aikidoka on their mats. We believe this “duty of care” responsibility in this case is the overarching factor.

Until there is clear guidance from government with regard to the controversial issue of “vaccine passports” etc. , the BAB cannot state categorically what are the correct actions to take. It is therefore down to the Club Leaders decision to take the actions that best satisfies their duty of care to their students.

You could get people to train in bubbles, by age, vaccine etc. , or you could arrange for separate training times. Ultimately it is the Club Leaders responsibility to risk assess and take the appropriate action that is right for their club.

Please find documentation from Sport England regarding the current situation regarding vaccine requirements and deputy of care 

 

List of available documents in pdf format

Return to the dojo

Supplement 33 to the Coronavirus Guidance – England

The BAB was involved in a online meeting with Sport England at 12:30 pm 13th July 2021 advising the latest information prior to the government guidance and Sport England FAQs being published later this week, hopefully before the 19th July…

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…

Supplement 31 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Scotland.

Supplement 31 to the Coronavirus Guidance  - Scotland  Following the First Ministers statement on June 22 we have been working with Scottish Government to clarify specific details in relation to all remaining local authorities  moving to Level 0  on July…

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…

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.…

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