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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 1233 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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Letter from the BAB Chairman

Letter from the BAB Chairman March 2020

Dear Fellow Aikidoka

The current coronavirus outbreak is posing a major threat to Aikido in the UK, with many clubs being forced to temporarily close their dojos and some even facing permanent closure because of the financial implications.

Major courses have been cancelled including the BAB’s Spring Weapons Course and visits from foreign Sensei will no longer take place.

The Board’s AGM, scheduled for May, has also been cancelled though this will not affect the day to day operations of the Board and an EGM will be arranged to deal with outstanding matters as soon as the situation permits.

For those clubs that feel able to continue can I refer you to the useful article, on the website, from our Insurance Brokers on the current insurance cover.

Can I also commend to you the Article from the Aikido Journal entitled Age of Coronavirus: A Time for Leadership and Unity, also on the website, which is a powerful statement that goes right to the governing principles and philosophy of our wonderful art, with many thought provoking messages.

I encourage everyone to maintain a regular “aiki” exercise and breathing regimes and to consider practicing techniques and movements with a “shadow partner” so that when the present crisis subsides we are all fit to resume training. Also think about other clubs, in your area, not necessarily within your own Association, who may need help starting up again as their Sensei’s may no longer be available or feel able to run their class.

If anyone has any further ideas for keeping the aiki spirit going please let us know – on-line classes etc.

Stay safe everyone

Keith Holland


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