BAB Chairman – Piers Cooke
Piers started training in 1981/2 and for 17 years or so practiced under Sensei Ken Williams of The Ki Federation of GB, attaining the rank of 5th Dan.
As is often the way in aikido there came a parting of the ways and he teamed up with his brother Quentin Cooke and they formed a new Association, Aikido for Daily Life. ADL promptly joined the BAB and also subsequently aligned with Koretoshi Maruyama Sensei. Maruyama Sensei was the ex President & chief instructor of the Ki No Kenyukai, which was the organisation Tohei Sensei formed. Maruyama sensei was also one of O Sensei’s uchi dechi. Maruyama Sensei graded Piers to 7th Dan.
Piers teaches at the Surrey Hills Aikido club based on top of Leith Hill near Dorking and has done since 1986. Although he had a solid grounding in Ki Aikido he would now say that he is a student of all aikido.
Piers joined the BAB in 2000 quickly became the finance officer and has served on the Executive for the last 20 years. He was elected to be the new Chairman of the BAB in November 2020. He would love to see the aikido community come together in order to see aikido become more practised and relevant to today’s hectic and troubled society.