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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 Insurance Officer – Vincent Sumpter

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Vincent Sumpter

insuranceofficer@bab.org.uk

Born in 1943, Vincent started his aikido in 1974 at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo Japan, under the instruction of Shihan Seijiro Masuda (8th Dan) who graded him Shodan on 1 June 1977.

On his return to England he practiced at Oxford University under Sensei Minoru Kanetsuka (7th Dan) who graded him Nidan in 1984.
In 1986 he joined the Kai Shin Kai Aikido Association, and through the Japan Aikido Association [JAA] was graded to Sandan in 1988 and to Yondan in1 990.

Over the past 30 years Vincent has taught regularly at Kai Shin Kai Clubs in the UK, USA and Italy.

He has been a regular Guest instructor at the Leeds BAA Tomiki Summer School and has made several trips to Minsk, Belarussia, teaching Bokken and Jo- jutsu to the International Aikikai-registered group registered there.

In recognition of his many years in the practice and teaching of aikido, he currently holds the grade of Rokudan with the Kai Shin Kai.

Vincent was Chairman of the BAB from 2002 to 2012 and on his retirement from that post took on the role of BAB Insurance Liaison Officer. He also a member of the Boards’s Case Management Group.

 

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