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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 .
Approved contact combat sports can resume the following activity at these stages of the roadmap:
- Step 1A (8 March): BAB Aikido can resume at phase 2 of the framework, where it is sport for educational purposes or as part of wrap-around care for eligible children.
- Step 1B (29 March): BAB Aikido can resume outdoors at phase 2 for all children, and at phase 1 for adults.
- Step 2 (12 April):
Outdoors, organised BAB Aikido can resume at phase 2 for children, and phase 1 for adults.
Indoors, organised BAB Aikido can resume at phase 2 for children.
Adults Aikido can resume indoors at phase 1 (We are operating as an approved NGB, This means group aikido classes socially distanced and is different to the general guidance information ), but any aikido that is not socially distanced such as contact or close weapon to weapons work can only take place between people from the same household or support bubble.
- There is currently no further advice for Step 3 available.
Note from the BAB Insurance Liaison Officer Vincent Sumpter
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.
List of available documents in pdf format
Appendix 7 – COVID-19 Club Declaration form
Appendix 8 – Guidance for Aikido First Aiders
Appendix 9- COVID-19 Opt In form
Appendix 10 – Air extraction & ventilation
Appendix 11 – Guidance for Aikido Competition
Appendix 12 – Guidance for Large Aikido Events
Appendix 13 – JAA International Tanto Randori Rules