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.