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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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Ann Billett – BAB Vice-Chair
Char of the Recruitment & Membership Team

I have practiced aerobics and martial arts for over 37 years and was Judo Coach for several years for Enfield Girls Judo team for the London Youth Games. I have also practiced Aikido for over 35 years and am a 2nd Dan Aikido

Ann Billett

instructor at the Winchmore Hill and Chingford and Woodford clubs. I first started martial arts in October 1983 at University because I thought that I needed to defend myself coming to London from Devon and imagining that the city was a very dangerous place.

Judo was my first choice of martial art and was also how I met my future husband Steve Billett.

I then spent a number of years practicing at City University, Stumphouse Judo Club and Croyland Road Judo Club and teaching Judo at Winchmore Hill – London Borough of Enfield, and the Mornington Crescent and Sacred Heart Judo Clubs at Kings Cross to kids from 6 to 16 years old. Our finest hours came taking coach loads of kids to shout for their team mates in the London Youth Games where over 60 medals were won for Enfield in over 3 successive Youth games at Crystal Palace.

I was introduced to Tomiki Aikido in the mid eighties by Don Bishop (7th Dan ADS) and Steve Billett (6th Dan ADS) and have never looked back. On the way to finally achieving my 1st Dan at Aikido in December 1996, I trained and leant a lot at several Aikido clubs – Whittingham, Hayden’s Gym, David Lloyd Chigwell and Winchmore Hill, and enjoyed both teaching Aikido and participating in several charity events – British Aerospace Cheshire Homes open days, Enfield Town show, Kids sports development in inner London, Hayden’s Gym open day to name a few.

In nineties I also found time to gain both my British Aikido Board Coaching Award and my RSA Aerobics Instructors Certificate teaching Aikido in the evenings and a few aerobics classes at lunchtimes at British Aerospace, Hatfield.



  • Secretary Aikido Development Society, 1999 – Present
  • British Aikido Board, Coach Tutor, 2005 – Present
  • Governor and Chairperson, Selwyn Primary school 2006 – 2010
  • Women in Science & Engineering Ambassador, IMechE
  • London Youth Games Judo Coach for Enfield 5 years
  • Manufacturing Facilities Engineer & Project Manager, British Aerospace Hatfield 1985 – 1994
  • After market development manager, Warranty business office manager, Software Business Development
  • Manager, Global Diagnostics Procedures, Ford Motor Company 1994 ~ Present
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