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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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BAB Finance Officer – Daniel Easton

“Dan has been practicing Aikido for over 15 years, initially studying with Piers Cooke Sensei (7th Dan), but now also with Philip Smith Shihan (7th Dan).  He currently holds the rank of 3rd Dan through Aikido for Daily Life and 1st Dan with the Aikikai, Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan.

Dan Sensei has also achieved 2nd Dan in Shinkage-ryu Yamamoto-ha Iaijutsu, which he has been studying for the last 5 years – a relatively unknown style of Iaijutsu that was practiced by Morihei Ueshiba.  Shinkage-ryu Yamamoto-ha Iaijutsu is a branch of Shin Shin Muso Shinkage-ryu (http://shinkageryu-budoujyo.com/) and includes both armed and unarmed combat in its curriculum.

Dan leads a “normal” life outside of martial arts practice and BAB related work, enjoying long walks in the countryside with his two dogs and lovely wife/Aikido widow, holidays, football, swimming and propping up bars.”

 

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