Hello, as we are showing signs of steadily coming out of lockdown it may be a good time to ask the question “how will we practice Aikido?”.
There are many issues to consider but perhaps most importantly is how do we do it safely.
There is no rush.
We are not at a stage to be able to issue clear guidelines but we do have time to formulate an approach and there are a few things that need to be considered.
As I am sure you are aware, the stages of leaving lockdown are different across the United Kingdom, and being aware of the guidelines that apply to your country (Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland) is extremely important.
Stay in contact with the managers of your training facilities they will be able to offer advice and support and provide you with the information you need to start back up.
Social distancing will be with us for the foreseeable future along with effective hand hygiene and this means that partner practice is not advisable for now but a simple class focused on individual practice is achievable.
The points above are worth considering but, as stated, are not official guidelines but a way to get the conversation started.
On a personal note, during this experience I have been pleased to see how people all over the Aikido world have adapted, I have taken part in Aikido classes online and it has proved very useful. I have also joined discussion groups that have provided a good-humored distraction.
Online individual practice has become a very enjoyable part of my routine and I would encourage anyone who is able to, to take part as it provides social contact and promotes mental wellbeing.
Stay safe and please get in touch if you have anything to share that helps us prepare for classes in the future.
Russell Milton (BAF Vice-Chairman)