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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 practised 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 1239 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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Title Version Upload Date Select
0 - Coronavirus Guidance to the BAB Membership - Main Document1.125-08-2020
1 - Guidance for Associations and Clubs Attachment 11.116-08-2020
2 - Guidance for Members Attachment 21.116-08-2020
3 - Risk Assessment Proforma - Attachment 3 (Word File)1.016-08-2020
4 - Coronavirus Risk assessment Attachment 4 (Word File)1.116-08-2020
5 - Guidance for Club COVID-19 Officer Attachment 51.116-08-2020
6 - Club Aikido Session COVID-19 Trace Form Attachment 6 (Word File)1.116-08-2020
7 - Coronavirus Club Declaration form attachment 7 (Word File)1.206-10-2020
8 - Guidance for Club First Aiders Attachment 81.116-08-2020
9 - Coronavirus Opt In form Attachment 9 ( Word File )1.116-08-2020
Aikido and the possesion of Bladed WeaponsN/A15-12-2010
Aikido and the possesion of Offensive Weapons (Wooden)N/A15-12-2010
BAB 2023 Weapons Course Booking FormN/A01-04-2023
How to Update Club details on the BAB WebsiteVersion 121-02-2011
Instructions on how to up date the `Association` details on the BAB websiteVersion 123-03-2010
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