British Aikido Board (BAB) - Pinner Aikido Club London


In mid-seventies various martial arts organisation began talks with the British Sports Council (currently know as Sports England) in order to create an entity that would prevent spread of unqualified martial arts instructors in UK.

In January 1977 these negotiations resulted in formation of Martial Arts Commission. The objective of MAC was to advise British Sports Council and oversee all martial art disciplines in the UK.

On 2nd June 1977 this body was re-named as the British Aikido Board. Its founder members were: Aikido Development Society, British Aikido Association, British Aikido Federation, British Yoshinkan Aikido Federation, Institute of Aikido, Ki Federation of Great Britain, Ken Shin Kai, Shudokan Institute of Aikido and the United Kingdom Aikido Federation.

The Board reported to the MAC, until it was dissolved some fourteen years later and on 8th June 1991 the British Aikido Board was recognised by the Sports Council as the sole governing body for Aikido in the UK.


The British Aikido Board operates primarily through its member Associations. There are currently 37 Associations of regional and national status, who each retain their independence, both technically and financially, with a combined membership of some 10,000 training in over 700 clubs.

The Board seeks to further the advancement of all styles of aikido and to establish and monitor standards of safety and behaviour for practitioners of aikido. The Board advises member Associations on all relevant UK and European legislation and procedures and develops appropriate policies and codes of practice.

The British Aikido Board seeks to:

  • - Represent the majority of bona fide organisations practicing aikido in the United Kingdom.
  • - Support, encourage and promote the highest standards of aikido within an environment of mutual respect for differing styles practiced.
  • - Raise awareness of the value of aikido not only as a contributor towards healthy living, but also in the development of adults, young people and children, without regard to race, gender or creed.

Other services provided by British Aikido Board include:

  • - Insurance cover, for members, instructors and Associations.
  • - Promotion of a nationally recognised Coaching Scheme, which is currently being developed to standards for NVQ's.
  • - Organising a National Course.
  • - Promoting Club Mark registration.
  • - Supporting initiatives to encourage the teaching of Aikido in schools.
  • - Publishing Newsletters and specialist information bulletins e.g. Child Protection.

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Aikido is a modern Japanese Martial Art and is very different from disciplines such as Karate, Kick Boxing, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, MMA, BJJ, Kempo and Krav Maga where there is emphasis on kicking, punching or wrestling.

Aikido is an extremely efficient self defence (also as Self-Defence Women London) system utilising balance-taking and posture-breaking movements to achieve joint locks, pins and throws. It contains elements of Ju Jitsu, Kendo, Judo and other budo.

Aikido Classes are held every Tuesday and Wednesday evening at our Harrow dojo, and Thursday evening at our Pinner dojo in NW London. Pinner Aikido Club London is a part of the Kai Shin Kai International Traditional Aikido Association (KSK), which is a member of the British Aikido Board (BAB).

Aikido is essentially a non-violent Martial art system that encourages the avoidance of confrontation and harmony with an aggressor. The classes are well attended with Aikido students always on the mat and aimed at all levels, from beginner to advanced but everyone is welcome to come along regardless of fitness or experience.

Our Aikido students work at their own pace during the training sessions and no one is forced into doing anything they are not comfortable with.
Pinner Aikido Club in London can help you achieve self-defense skills, self-esteem, confidence, and fitness. Most of all though, our classes are fun.

You do not have to be competitive or naturally athletic to take part in the Aikido class. Learning Aikido is about self-improvement and self-confidence.

Regardless of your size, body type and current level of physical ability or disability. If you are looking for a healthier, more confident way of life, then the modern art of Aikido may well be for you.

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