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Aikido is the Way and Principle of harmonising Heaven, Earth and Man – Morihei Ueshiba

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British Aikido Federation

Our history and present status

The British Aikido Federation (B.A.F) is a not-for-profit organization, providing both technical and administrative guidance and support to its members.

The B.A.F was the first organisation with accreditation from the World Aikido Headquarters in Japan to teach Aikido in Britain as the Aikikai of Great Britain. It was founded in 1968 under the auspices of the AIkikai Foundation with Kazuo Chiba as chief instructor. In 1977 was renamed the British Aikido Federation, with Minoru Kanetsuka (Shihan, 8th Dan, Aikikai Foundation) as its Technical Director.

The B.A.F. has “Full Recognition” status from the Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo and is a founder member of both the International Aikido Federation and the Joint Aikikai Council.

The B.A.F is closely linked with the Aikido World Headquarters. Its technical advisor was formerly Shihan Masatake Fujita (8th Dan, Hombu Dojo, Tokyo  – now deceased), and regular visits are now made by senior Japanese instructors to conduct B.A.F. national courses. All dan grades (black belt holders) with the B.A.F. are recognised by the International Aikido Federation (I.A.F)and hold certificates issued by the Doshu, Moriteru Ueshiba.

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Membership Fees

As from 1st January 2018 Membership fees will be as follows:

   Seniors:  £35

 Students and Concessionary:  £25

    Juniors (up to 18 years):  £15

    Senior Citizens:  £20 (over 65)

    (Family group – 3 members and over: 75% of the total)

      Provisional membership (up to one month’s duration): £5

2017 Summer School gradings

Summer School has come and gone. Gradings this year were run by Kanazawa Sensei for the Hombu Dojo and we can now give congratulations to the following… MORE

B.A.F. Course Calendar

Please contact the B.A.F. office to confirm dates and times before travelling long distances. Please contact the webteam for updates or additions to this page.

One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.

Morihei Ueshiba

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