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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 35 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 1204 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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BAB Chairman – Keith Holland FCIS, F.Inst AM(Adv Dip)

 BAB Chairman – Keith Holland FCIS, F.Inst AM(Adv Dip)

BAB Chairman – Keith Holland FCIS, F.Inst AM(Adv Dip)

I initially practiced Judo for 7 yrs, studying under Sensei Masutaro Otani 7th Dan, until a serious back injury curtailed further training.

In 1984 I took my son to ‘The Hut’ ( Institute of Aikido) ,believing it to be a Judo club and immediately became hooked on aikido, which is now a life passion.
We subsequently joined Kurai Aikido and I became increasingly involved, ‘off the mat’, with both the Club and the EYJ Martial Arts Centre, a dedicated Dojo housing 9 martial arts all working together in harmony.

Being aware of my deep interest in aikido, Sensei, Roy Sheppard 6th Dan would often take time to give me a personal explanation of the techniques and principles being taught and one day gave me the greatest gift by working out a series of ukemi which would enable me to train, without upsetting my back

From then on training became a priority and I was graded Shodan in 1998, progressing through to my being awarded Yondan in October 2016. I am a BAB Level 1 Coach , and hold NCFE Train the Trainers Certification ( NVQ Level 3/4)

Kurai Aikido is part of the UK Shinwakai family and I am also Convenor of the UK Shinwakai Board
My involvement with the BAB grew from becoming Joint National Course Organiser in 2000, a position which I still hold, to my appointment as Vice Chairman of the Board in 2007 and Acting Chairman in 2013.

I have been Chairman since 2014.

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