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 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.
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.