Aerobic exercises for all ages
Knowledge of self-awareness
Interaction between mind & body
Development of the individual
Organised, educationally based tuition
AIKIDO practise can benefit everyone, male or female, young
or old, of any ethnic or national origin. All can enjoy and
improve their health and fitness by attending regular and
well-run classes. The formal and more spiritual aspect of
Aikido appeals to some, the physical side to others. Its full
and natural body movement has aerobic benefits for all. When
practised regularly it will assist in developing a fitter,
suppler and stronger body with improved flexibility, reflexes
is essentially non-violent, encourages harmony of Mind, Body
& Spirit and the avoidance of confrontation. Force is
never opposed by force. Resolving a conflict peacefully is
better for all concerned and students soon learn how to improve
their self-awareness, and with the techniques learnt, also
grow in self-confidence. In this Aikido teaches self-defence.
AIKIDO is today’s fastest growing recreational activity
with Japanese origins that go back many centuries. Aikido
as practised today includes joint locking techniques and body
movements from many of the ancient fighting methods taught,
used, and perfected by the Samurai in feudal Japan.
AIKIDO principles are based on exploiting the weaknesses
of an opponent. Joints, posture, the mind can all be vulnerable
areas when attacked or challenged. In essence Aikido is turning
an opponents' power against themselves by using the exact
degree of control required to neutralise their energy without
inflicting undue harm.
BRITISH AIKIDO ASSOCIATION was founded in 1966 in order to
promote and maintain the ethical and technical standards of
Aikido in this country. There are BAA approved Clubs &
Dojos in all parts of Britain. On an International basis the
BAA is affiliated to the Japan Aikido Association. The BAA
has Sport England recognition through the British Aikido Board
and is the largest organisation within it.
Under the Auspices of the BAA, international high grade Instructors
are brought to Britain at regular intervals to further promote
and develop Aikido in this country. The BAA has a formal grading
syllabus and promotion structure. Its gradings are recognised
by the JAA and are equal to their standards. The BAA sets
qualification requirements for examiners, judges and referees
and maintains a register of all such officials and the standards
they have attained.
Regular BAA/BAB approved coaching courses are founded upon
a proven regularly updated coaching scheme. There are frequent
opportunities to attend residential schools and courses. The
BAA is committed to on going professional coach development
through NCF & NVQ.
No special equipment is necessary but a beginner will eventually
require a suitable outfit. Coaching fees vary from club to
club and are comparable to an aerobics or squash session.
In order to obtain a BAA grading, it is necessary to join
the Association. Annual membership includes registration with
the BAB with Member-to-Member cover and BAB Coach insurance
for all BAA/BAB Qualified Coaches.
information can be obtained by contacting:
THE BRITISH AIKIDO ASSOCIATION,
3 Hudson Road, Bexley Heath,
020-8947 7247 / 07860 248061
British Aikido Association website