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The British Aikido Federation


In 1968 the Aikikai of Great Britain was founded under the direction of Kazuo Chiba who had been assigned to Britian by the Aikikai Foundation, Tokyo, with the responsibility of developing Aikido in this country.

B.A.F Organisation

In 1976, Minoru Kanetsuka became the Technical Director of the organisation which had been renamed the British Aikido Federation composed of affiliated clubs or Dojos from all over England and Wales. In 1978 the Scottish clubs previously affiliated to the B.A.F formed an independant Scottish Aikido Federation which maintains the closest links with the B.A.F. It is the only body in England and Wales with 'Full Recognition' from the Aikido World Headquarters (The Hombu Dojo, Tokyo) and membership of the International Aikido Federation.

The British Aikido Federation remains closely linked with the Aikido World Headquarters.

Regular visits are made to Britain by senior Japanese instructors to Conduct BAF Teaching Courses.All dan grades (black belt holders) within the B.A.F are recognised by the Hombu Dojo and registered with the International Aikido Federation, and receive certificates issued by the Head of the World Aikido Movement, the Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba.

B.A.F Teaching Structure

The Structure of the B.A.F teaching syllabus is closely based on that of the Hombu Dojo, and not only proficiency of technique but also correctness of manner and attitude is greatly emphasised. Three national Instructors' courses are held each year and the Technical Director, Kanetsuka Sensei, conducts weekend courses throughout the year at local centres all over the UK. The two major national courses, the Spring Course and the week-long Summer School, attract many Aikido students from abroad.

See the Course Calender for full details of all courses.

Insurance Details

All members of the B.A.F enjoy the benefits of both Public Liability Insurance and Personal Accident Insurance; and all B.A.F Instructors have proffesional indeminty insurance, Sport of England recognised Level 1 coach certificates and current CRB checks and have basic first aid qualifications.

The B.A.F is a member of the Joint Aikikai Council, the governing body for Aikido organisations in the UK affiliated to the Aikikai Foundation (Hombu Dojo).