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Introducing the new BAF ViceChairman – Russell Milton

Get It Together…
 
Thinking back to when I started practicing Aikido in Cardiff in 1990 it is a bit of a surprise to now find myself as the new ViceChairman! This is an honour and also a responsibility. I must confess I got the bug for Aikido straight away and have never looked back! First I got myself a few books and even got hold of a few VHS Tapes to watch, my how things have changed today! People now can access all types of information so easily and can have too many ideas before they even set foot in the Dojo for the first time.
  
I think part of the role of the BAF is to present a reliable standard of traditional Aikido, to filter through all the information and get to the heart of what Aikido practice should be. We want to offer a clear route for beginners to get started and a path for students to make steady progress. 
  
The people in the BAF are definitely our best resource. In our senior instructors there is such a wealth of accumulated knowledge and skill of our Art that extends to the early days of Aikido in the UK and further, to its roots in Japan. Aiming to bring our organisation up to date we now have Member Representatives to support the National Committee and help ensure that the lines of communication are always open.
 
In my own life, being a part of the BAF has truly been a benefit. It is a wonderful way to make friends locally, around the country and indeed around the world, because of our common pursuit. The culture in the BAF  has always been about pushing oneself, learning and understanding Aikido and because of that it has certainly given me a focus and helped in many aspects of my daily life. The concepts of avoiding conflict we develop in the Dojo can be applied in all areas of our lives, meaning both emotional and how we deal with people.
 
The BAF is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and the next fifty can be stronger if we work together and support each other as a community, locally, nationally and internationally. Being part of the worldwide Aikido Community comes with a lot of benefits but also responsibility. We must all do our bit to sustain our Art even if it means going that bit further. I will certainly be trying my best to keep the BAF strong, with your help. Thank you for your support at the AGM, I will not let you down.
  
Russell Milton – Vice Chairman Of The BAF
 
P.S. I still have the VHS tapes, which I keep on a shelf at home with all the other books, dvd’s, posters and lots of other Aikido related stuff that I have kept over the years.

2018 Summer School Gradings

Results of this years gradings 
Ikkyu
Ivan BiriukovLondon - Greenwich
Mitchell TullochLondon - Greenwich
Steve CostelloLondon - Ryushinkan
John AlarconManchester - Wagokan
Lorraine GomezMachester - Wagokan
James HayesLondon - Whitechael
Shodan
Neil McCluskeyNewcastle - Seishinkan
Nidan
Karolina PackoChester - Ryusuikan
Phil RedfernManchester - Wagokan
Umar SaleemManchester - Wagokan
Charlotte GambleCardiff - Shobukan
Marcin FilipManchester - Wagokan
Tamas HegyesLondon - Greenwich
Darren TelfordKillingworth - Yukokan
Angela TelfordKillingworth - Yukokan
Tom Oldfield
Sandan
Mark AshworthChester - Ryusuikan
Yondan
Gudrun RieckN.Wales - Menai
Simon FraserSevenoaks - Ryushinkan
Steve GendlerChester - Ryusuikan
Ron WattsCardiff - Shobukan
Mark Olney
Nanadan
Don MorganPort Talbot
Ian McClarenceNewcastle - Seishinkan

Joint Aikikai Council

Some news regarding the Joint Aikikai Council

Dave Yates is now Chairman of the JAC and Allan Hagan is Treasurer.

The Joint Aikikai Council is an umbrella group of major UK Aikido organisations – specifically

British Aikido Federation
UK Aikikai
British Birankai
Komokan Aikido Association
Scottish Aikido Federation
Dynamic Aikido Nocquet

These are the majority of UK Aikido groups officially supported by the International department  of the Hombu Dojo. For more information on the JAC, its origin and role you can check the link jointaikikaicouncil.co.uk

2018 – 50yrs old!!

On behalf of Kanetsuka Sensei and the BAF Committee we wish all the members of the BAF and supporting friends a Happy and Harmonious 2018.
This will be a special year for us as it is the 50th anniversary of the British Aikido Federation.
As such we should make each of our main courses, Spring and Summer School a celebration of those 50 years with the visit of Dojo Cho in October to share with us in celebrating this achievement and to set out on the path for the next 50 years!

We look forward to practicing with you and your support during this special year!

Peter Gillard
BAF Chair

Women in Aikido

Women in Aikido

Some news from the IAF…

 

IAF is launching its #AikidoWomen campaign to coincide with International Women’s Day month in March.

 

To this occasion we seek your contributions!

  1. First phase till 28 Feb: Contributions in the form of photos and articles, or short viewsPlease tell us:
    • What are Aikido women’s experience like in your dojo?
    • How can we encourage more women to practice Aikido?
    • How can we help sustain and prevent women in Aikido from giving up too early?
    • Other questions, views?
    • The best submissions will be collated by Vanessa. She’ll write an article about it to be published in March.
      You can email her directly (in copy of that mail here) or to me. 

2. Second phase starting 1 March-15 March

    Please share on Facebook and tweet photos of women in Aikido. Please use the following 3 hashtags simultaneously:

#Aikido (to share the experience with Aikido practitioners around the world)

#AikidoWomen (hashtag of the campaign)
#IWD2017 (to link to International Women’s Day)

Kind regards,

 

Henriette FLADER

Assistant General Secretary
IAF – International Aikido Federation

flader@aikido-international.org
www.aikido-international.org