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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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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.

If you’re new to Aikido then this is the section for you, we will try to answer most of the commonly asked questions here so you can find yourself a dojo and start training as soon as possible.

What is Aikido?

Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art who’s origins can be traced back to the 12th Century. Aikido was created in the 1920’s by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 – 1969), one interpretation of the name is “The Way of Harmony of Spirit”. It is an art that does not seek to meet violence with violence yet maintains its martial origins. It is based on spherical movements by which an attackers aggressive force is turned against itself . The main form of Aikido techniques are joint immobilisations and throws using the opponents momentum. Practices with bokken and jo (wooden training weapons) serve to assist in the understanding of techniques and their development. Traditional Aikido has since its conception been non-competitive, however several styles have developed which has introduced competitive aspects.

Where do you practice?

Aikido practice is traditionally taught in a building called a dojo. In the UK this may take many forms – it could be a purpose built building, a sports hall, community centre or any number of other buildings. To find your nearest club please click on the Club Search here.

What do you need to practice?

In order to practice all you need to do is get yourself to your nearest Aikido club (please use the club directory). You may want to contact the club / association in order to check that they offer classes for your age range

Aikido – “The Way of Harmony of Spirit”

is a Japanese system of self-defence whose origins can be traced back to the 12th century. It was created by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 – 1969) as a basis for both physical and spiritual development.

It is an art that does not seek to meet violence with violence and yet maintains its martial origins. It is based on spherical movements by which an attackers aggressive force is turned against itself . The main form of Aikido techniques are joint immobilisation and throws using the opponents momentum. Practices with bokken and jo serve to assist understanding of techniques and their development. Traditional Aikido has since its conception been non-competitive, however several styles have developed including Tomiki Aikido, which has introduced competitive aspects.

Benefits of Aikido

Since Aikido does not require physical strength or aggressive spirit, it can be practised by people of all ages and sexes. Based on full and natural body movement, Aikido exercises the whole body. It teaches and develops flexibility, co-ordination, balance and quick reaction. Because Aikido is essentially a method of practical self-defence, the practitioner will eventually acquire a sound basis of quick reaction and effective movement which should prove useful if an occasion should demand it in real life.

What facilities and equipment are required?

Practice is normally conducted on a matted area using judo mats. Participants wear judo or karate suits. Wooden practice weapons bokken and jo are required as the beginner progresses in some associations.

Gradings

A grading system is followed within most clubs; similar to other martial arts.

Licensing requirements

Professional Indemnity insurance for Coaches is compulsory (via the venue insurance), as is Personal Accident insurance for all participants.

Find a club

To find your nearest club please click on the Club Search here.

For information regarding Coaching, Insurance and other information, write to the British Aikido Board’s Secretary at :

BAB Secretary 6 Halkingcroft Langley Slough Berkshire SL3 7AT.

Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope or email   babsecretary@bab.org.uk

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