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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 42 currently Full Member Associations with 5 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 1229 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 Blind Sport

At British Blind Sport, we help blind and partially sighted people to get active and play sport. We encourage adults and children to participate in activities at all levels, from grassroots to the Paralympic Games.

British Blind Sport (BBS) is a British charity that makes sport and recreational activities accessible to people who are visually impaired. The charity enables blind and partially sighted people to experience the same sporting opportunities as sighted people. Since its establishment in 1976, BBS has become a voice for visually impaired people in the world of sport and leisure, both in the United Kingdom and on an international level. It also leads in the UK with sight classification for elite and paralympic athletes. Its headquarters are in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

The charity was founded in 1976 as the British Association for Sporting and Recreational Activities for the Blind (BASRAB) and changed its name to British Blind Sport in 1989.

As an example in March 2013, Tony Larkin, sports coach at the Royal National College for the Blind, who led the British blind football team at the 2012 Summer Paralympics was appointed Patron of British Blind Sport.

How we are helping in Aikido

2020 is the ‘Year of Sport’ being promoted by the RNIB. The aim is to encourage visually impaired people to get active and try to remove barriers. We have organised a Free Aikido Taster Session which will take place at the University of South Wales, Pontypridd. The date is confirmed as Saturday 18th April at 2:30pm to 4:30pm. The club of the BAB Director Kerry Cope. They will support the event to ensure that it is both safe and enjoyable for participants. The taster will be exclusively for partially sighted/blind participants and of  course the sighted helpers. Participants must be over 18, unless accompanied by a parent and consent is given for them to participate (then over 14 would apply).  They are supported by a blind young lady and a partially sighted man in preparing the event. If anyone knows a visually impaired person who would like to attend, or would like to help promote and/or get involved with the event could they please contact : Kerry Cope 07720 23614 

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