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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 1229 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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History :

The Traditional Aikido Alliance (TAA) was established in February 2021 and has grown since then to bringing together the combined resources of:

  • Chet Valley Aikido, Claxton / Chedgrave, Norfolk
  • Kou Ki Do Kan Aikido Club in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
  • Poole Aikido Club, Poole, Dorset
  • Ulverston Aikido Club – Ulverston, Cumbria
  • Wellsprings Aikido Club in Poole, Dorset
  • West Cumbria Aikido in St Bees, Cumbria

TAA is part of Traditional Aikido Europe (TAE). TAE is a group of European and allied Aikido dojos with over 400 active aikidoka from 20 dojos in 7 countries, sharing in the practice and study of Takemusu (Iwama style) Aikido, in the lineage of Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th dan Aikikai) and O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. TAE is affiliated to the Aikikai and all dan grades awarded within TAE are Aikikai registered. Our Technical Director and dan grade examiner is Sensei Lewis Bernaldo de Quirós (6th dan Aikikai).

Membership Type : Full Member

Style :

Our Aikido practice is based on the teachings of Morihiro Saito Sensei, particularly from the mid-1980s onward, as transmitted to us by Sensei Lewis Bernaldo de Quirós (6th dan Aikikai). This can be described as ‘Takemusu Aikido’ or ‘Iwama Style’, or equally, ‘Traditional Aikido’.

Sensei de Quirós is the Chairperson and Chief Technical Director of TAE and the ultimate technical authority for TAA. He trained in Shotokan Karate and judo for a decade before moving to Japan in the mid-1980s. Sensei de Quirós then spent eight years living in Iwama, Japan and studying directly from Morihiro Saito Sensei (1985 – 1993). During his time in Japan, Sensei de  Quirós also studied tradition Japanese archery and Zen meditation. He preserves Saito Sensei’s legacy by passing on his teachings to the next generation of Aikido students



Mark Allcock
 
Association Website : https://traditionalaikido.uk/about-us/
Email the Traditional Aikido Alliance Chairman : Mark Allcock
Email the Traditional Aikido Alliance Vulnerable Adult & Child Safety Officer : Lombe Mwansa


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