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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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Supplement 29 to the Coronavirus Guidance – Scotland.

Supplement 29 to the Coronavirus Guidance  – Scotland 

This guidance basically states you can practise Aikido indoors socially distanced for Adults if you live in Level 1,2 ,3 areas.
Under 18s are permitted Contacted Aikido in Level 1,2,3  Areas

The number of participants allowed to take part in organised indoor sport or physical activity should follow Scottish Government
guidance on the opening of sport and leisure facilities and sport specific SGB Guidance.
‘Group’ activity refers to adults, who take part in organised sport or physical activity, where the number of participants is larger than
allowed under normal household rules. ‘Individual exercise’ refers to organised sport or physical activity which takes place within
household rules i.e. 1:1 coaching. For further information see definitions within this guidance.


The First Minister yesterday provided an update on COVID-19 and related restrictions. The key points covered were the movement in Levels from 17 May, and some changes to Level 2 restrictions.

Movement in levels from Monday 17 May

  • Level 3: Moray is very likely to remain at Level 3. This decision will confirmed at the end of the week.
  • Level 2: The rest of the mainland, Skye and some islands will move to Level 2 (The limit for gatherings inside private homes will match that for inside public places – 6 people from 3 households. No physical distancing will be required in homes and gardens.)
  • Level 1: Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles, the Highland islands with the exception of Skye, and the Inner Hebrides islands in Argyll will move to Level 1.

 The intention remains for the country to move to Level 1 on 7 June, and Level 0 on 28 June, however Scottish Government will be reviewing this position in the coming weeks.

Please find attached an updated Return to Sport & Physical Activity guidance document which is effective from 17 May 2021 with changes highlighted in yellow.

Key changes to note are:

  • Table A – ‘outdoor bubbles / participant maximum numbers’ now confirmed for Levels 0 – 2.

Note: indoor bubbles/participant maximum numbers should be calculated by the facility operator based on Scottish Government guidance on the opening of sport and leisure facilities and its own risk assessment, not the maximum noted.

  • Pg 7.  Definitions updated to include ‘competition’ and ‘events’.  There are additional requirements around ‘events’ with regular SGB/club competition following the Return to Sport and Physical Activity Guidance while other ‘events’ follow Scottish Government event guidance and requirements.
  • Pg 8. (point 22.)  Spectators are not permitted under Return to Sport guidance (only supervision) at this time.  Spectators are permitted at ‘events’ which meet Scottish Government Events guidance requirements.  We are currently in discussions with Scottish Government to ensure Return to Sport and Physical Activity guidance and Events Sector guidance align where possible.
  • Pg 8. (point 24.)  Regulated childcare information updated.
  • Pg 8. (point 28.)  Bubble / Participation numbers updated.
  • Pg 9.  (previously point 32.)  Removed section on the requirement to update local authorities and Environmental Health.  Now added to Competition and Events section with change of emphasis to notifying where you normally would require to do so to run the activity.
  • Pg 10. (point 41.)  Sport Competition information added.
  • Pg.10. (point 42.)  Events information added including link to further information on the sportscotland website (information still being added and will updated regularly).
  • Pg 18. (point 104.)  Updated Test and Protect link to testing and removed link to information leaflet (previously point 104.)
Scotland Return to sport and physical activity guidance 170521
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