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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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Supplement 22 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Scotland.

Supplement 22 to the Coronavirus Guidance  – Scotland 

Scottish Government has also now published a new Coronavirus (COVID-19): timetable for easing restrictions document.

The key indicative dates most relevant to the sport sector are:

  • 2 April  Stay local
               Stay at home measures become stay local – people can travel within local authority area for a non-essential purpose.
  • 5 April For 12-17 year olds
    Outdoor contact sport can resume.
  • 12 April (or end of Easter holidays) Schools
    All pupils go back to school full-time.
  • 26 April (Described as a move to a modified level 3 for mainland Scotland.)
    • Gyms
      Gyms can open for individual exercise (NB: Scottish Government has previously used ‘gyms’ to refer to indoor sports facilities generally).
    • Outdoor gatherings
      For 12 to 17 year olds – up to 6 people from 6 households can socialise outdoors
      For adults – up to 6 adults from 3 households can socialise outdoors.
    • Domestic travel
      All travel restrictions will be lifted in mainland Scotland.
      Scottish Government will consult with island communities on the need for any continued restrictions in travel to the islands and hopes to lift restrictions on travel to the rest of the UK and Ireland on or soon after 26 April.
  • 17 May (Described as a move to level 2.)
    • Outdoor sport
      Outdoor adult contact sport can resume.
    • Indoor group exercise
      Indoor group exercise can resume. (NB: This appears to be distinct from indoor non-contact sport. See Early June.)
    • Indoor gatherings
    • Up to 4 people from 2 households can socialise indoors in a private home or public space.
  • Early June (Described as a move to level 1.)
    • Indoor non-contact sport
      Indoor non-contact sport can take place.
    • Gatherings
      Up to 6 people from up to 3 households can socialise indoors in a home or public place.
      Up to 8 people from 3 households can socialise outdoors.
      For 12-17 year olds, up to 8 people from 8 households can meet socially outdoors.
  • Late June (Described as a move to level 0.)
    • Events
      Attendance at events can increase in numbers subject to capacity constraints.


We recognise the detail above shows positive progress and provides us with an indicative timeline for the relaxation of restrictions to allow the return to sport. Some of the information will require further discussion with Scottish Government to confirm the exact implications for sport. We will systematically work through this, focusing on the key points aligned to the transition dates and issue updated guidance in due course.

Currently, the BAB cannot recommend that Scottish Aikido clubs open, But outside up to 15 can train socially distanced from 17th May 2021 and should be able to train socially distance indoors from early June 2021

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