British Aikido Federation
History and present status
The structure of the B.A.F. teaching syllabus is closely based on that of the World Headquarters and not only proficiency of techniques but also correctness of manner and attitude is greatly emphasised.
Kanetsuka Sensei and the Senior Instructors of the B.A.F conduct weekend courses throughout the year at Aikido centres all over the UK. The two major national courses: the Spring Course and the week-long Summer School have developed into international events attracting Aikido students from all over the world.
Thanks to its world-wide connections the British Aikido Federation stands very much in the mainstream of Aikido development, and by virtue of its close ties with the fountain-head of Aikido (Hombu Dojo, Tokyo) it maintains an orthodox direction in its teaching and development.
The original teaching of the Founder excluded any form of competition and emphasised the principles of non-aggression and harmony. The B.A.F. strongly maintains this attitude, and every effort is made to inculcate into our members the principles of non-violence and concern for others, both inside and outside the practice room.
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.
In 1976, Minoru Kanetsuka became the Technical Director of the organisation which had been renamed the British Aikido Federationcomposed 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.
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-2 coach certificates.
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).
Instructors of the British Aikido Federation
The Senior Instructors of the British Aikido Federation ( B.A.F) who are under the Direction of the Technical Director Minoru Kanetsuka Shihan are listed below.
Shihan: a Shihan is someone who has reached a high level of skill in an art or skill which does not rely for its effectiveness on academic learning. In aikido, it is used of anyone who has reached the prerequsite rank of 6th dan or above , the title is then normally awarded seperately by the Aikikai, two or three years after the promotion.
Shidoin: The term Shidoin comes from the Japanese Shi-do meaning ‘Guidance’. Shidoin means teacher and in the Aikido context means Senior Instructor. In the B.A.F two or more shidoin together can grade up to 2nd Kyu. They cannot grade members of their own Dojo.
Fukushidoin: fuku means assistant. In the B.A.F a Fukushidoin together with a Shidoin can grade up to 4th Kyu.
Shihan 8th Dan (Aikikai Foundation) Technical Director of the BAF
Don Morgan – 6th Dan
Ian McClarence – 6th Dan
Ken Marsden – 6th dan
Peter Gillard – 6th Dan
Steve Parr – 6th Dan
Brian Smith – 6th Dan
Dave Yates – 6th Dan
Colman Glynn – 6th Dan
Alex Megann – 5th Dan
Byron Thomas- 5th Dan
Allan Hagan – 5th Dan
Mami Kanetsuka – 5th Dan
Despina Kyriakou – 5th Dan
Rob Yates – 5th Dan
Bill Jackson – 5th Dan
Andy King – 4th Dan
Richard Martin – 4th Dan
Russell Milton – 4th Dan