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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 1235 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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Return to (Social Distance) Aikido as of 15th August 2020

To All Members, Clubs, Associations

We all know this is an extraordinary time in history. In one of the oldest democracy’s in the world the government has restricted our right to travel, to go to work, to exercise, to enjoy various forms of entertainment, to even meet our family members and loved ones. If you had suggested this as you were eating your Christmas dinner last December people would have said you were crazy.

As we all get used to the new rules of living under the threat of COVID-19, life in all its wonderful variations must go on. People who have medical conditions must have their regular hospital treatments, people who have been totally isolated and very possibly suffering from anxiety or other mental health conditions must be remembered and cared for.

The answer isn’t necessarily more lock down, more isolation, and more anxiety. It is about getting back to normal wherever possible.

The contact martial arts community; Karate, Aikido, Wrestling, Boxing etc. have formed a group called the Recreational Contact Combat Group. The BAB is part of that group which is making representations to the government for return to full contact martial arts. The previous chairman has been working tirelessly with that group and other experts trying to get Aikido back.

We are pleased to announce:

In the last week the remaining members of the executive have made a tremendous effort and it is now clear that Aikido, without contact, and with social distancing along with a raft of caveats, risk assessments and paperwork can return to training both outdoors and indoors, venues permitting.

The BAB insurance policy will be re-instated from the 15th August 2020.

If clubs wish to return to training they will be free to do so as long as they follow the government and BAB guidelines which have been laid out at great length on the BAB website COVID-19 Hub. Those who do not want to return to training don’t have to.

The return to training does not cover any form of contact. It is for socially distanced exercise, e.g. kata, weapons, meditation, breathing etc. only. It is done at the aikidoka’s, and club’s own risk. Lots of paperwork needs to be completed.

The insurance cover is for the standard risks, it does not cover any COVID-19 related claims whatsoever.

Acting Chairman BAB

Piers Cooke

This is a link to all the information you need to start to re open your club in one pdf.

Coronavirus Guidance to the BAB Membership – All Attachments included 14th August 2020

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