Founded 1966
World Champions 1995, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015
The lead body for Sport Aikido in the United Kingdom
BAA Men’s Individual World Champions D Fielding 2003, C Kirkham 2009, J Liburd 2015
BAA Women’s Individual World Champions C Kaur 1997 and L Beardsmore 2011, 2013 and 2015
The BAA is the UK's largest Aikido organisation
BAA Guinness World Record holders : total number of throws in ten hours: 20,018 throws by F Lord and D Fielding 1992
BAA Guinness World Record holders : total number of throws in ten hours: 25,526 throws by F Lord and P Crosby in 1993
BAA Guinness World Record holders : total number of throws in ten hours: 46,261 throws by P Hurley and T Cox in 1998

The British Aikido Association was founded in 1966 in order to promote and maintain the ethical and technical standards of Tomiki Aikido in the United Kingdom. There are BAA approved Clubs & Dojo in all parts of Britain.On an international basis the BAA is affiliated to the Japan Aikido Association. Under the auspices of the BAA, international instructors are brought to Britain at regular intervals to further promote and develop Aikido in this country.

The BAA has a formal grading syllabus and promotion structure. It’s gradings are recognised by the JAA and are equal to their standards. The BAA sets qualification requirements for examiners, judges and referees and maintains a register of all such officials and the standards they have attained.

The BAA is a founder member of ETAN (European Tomiki Aikido Network) which is a pan-European organisation for the promotion of Tomiki Aikido.


  • Congratulations to the BAA at the WSAF/SAF World Championships
    August 30, 2015

    Results in for BAA members at the WSAF/SAF World Championships in The Gold Coast, Australia.
    Sent in by BAA Squad Managers (Laura Beardsmore and Paul Carr).

    GOLD - Men’s Individual Randori (Jermaine Liburd)
    GOLD - Men’s Team Randori (David Fielding, Scott Pearce, Paul Carr, Doyin Ogunbiyi, Fred Kamara)
    GOLD - Women’s Team Randori (Laura Beardsmore, Natuley Smalle, Sarah Fletcher)
    GOLD - Women’s Individual Randori (Laura Beardsmore)
    GOLD - Open Kata (David Fielding, Scott Pearce)
    GOLD - Kongo Dan Taisan (David Fielding, Scott Pearce, Doyin Ogunbiyi, Laura Beardsmore, Andrew Rigby, Sarah Fletcher, Fred Kamara)
    SILVER - Dan Grade Junanahon (Doyin Ogunbiyi, Natuley Smalle)
    SILVER - Women’s Individual Randori (Natuley Smalle)

    Congratulations to all participants, very well done indeed.

  • South of the River - 26th /27th September 2015
    August 17, 2015

    Genryukan Aikido, Dover is honoured to be hosting the 2015 South Of the River Aikido Seminar. Thankfully this year we again have the wonderful sea views from our venue, the fantastic SAGA Pavilion in Folkestone, and have an exciting programme of Aikido scheduled for the weekend. We are hoping the weekend ticket will provide everyone with amazing value for money. It is an open event, so all are welcome.


    Ken Broome 7th Dan
    Shaun Hoddy 6th Dan
    Bob Jones 7th Dan
    Paul Wildish 6th Dan
    South of the River 2015 – Pricing  

    BAA Member Weekend Ticket (Saturday & Sunday) – £30
    BAA Member Saturday only – £20
    BAA Member Sunday only – £20

    For Non-BAA members, the weekend cost will be £40.

    Non-Member Saturday only - £25
    Non-Member Sunday only - £25
    A BAA National grading will take place on the Saturday afternoon for eligible BAA members.   If you intend to take part, please email with the candidate details. 

    Accommodation in Folkestone area:

    Some local hotels
    A larger list
    Videos from previous South of the River Seminars

  • BAA Junior/Youth Development Session
    August 12, 2015

    Event flyer can be Downloaded here in PDF format

    Date/Time: Sunday 4th October 2015

    12 noon to 3 p.m.

    Holt Park Leisure Centre
    Holtdale Approach
    West Yorkshire
    LS16 7RX

    Junior development sessions are an opportunity for juniors/youths
    aged 5-18 years to train on the same mat with a variety of different
    clubs and instructors from around the UK.
    Coach: -Sarah Fletcher 2nd Dan, Lee Mazacs 2nd Dan

    Laura Beardsmore 1st Dan (TBC)
    For more information please contact Sarah Fletcher
    Training Fees: £8

  • Shizentai 6
    August 7, 2015

    Issue 6 of the BAA newsletter Shizentai is available for download now

  • Message from Paul Bonett
    May 19, 2015

    I’m doing a bit of a monster charity ride in June, from 1st to 20th, cycling from North Ronaldsay to Paris, playing golf every other day and hoping for some aiki play in Edinburgh, Manchester and Brighton. I hope some of you will come to that and put some money in for the homeless Charity, (a part of Brighton Housing Trust), for who we are doing this.

    But the other thing is golf…yes, golf.
    GOLF: We are playing early morning rounds on North Ronaldsay 1st June, Royal Dornoch 3rd, Pitlochry 5th, and Bathgate 7th, Kendal GC 10th, Kings Norton 14th, Wellington College 16th and East Brighton GC 18th. We would love to have golfers wanting to take part in this crazy expedition, support the charity and be a part of a unique event. We have free tee times and would like the golfers to contribute to the charity, hopefully around £50 a head (not any more than a tee time at some of these great courses). Do you have golfing friends or family who would want to take part?

    AIKIDO: In addition, on 6th We will be in Edinburgh for Aiki and Thursday 11th in Manchester with Steve Evans. Please pass this on and ask anyone wanting more information or who wants to take part, to contact me It would be great to get this support from the aikido fraternity across the UK

    Immediately following our golf day in Brighton, we will finish this slightly crazy challenge with a ride from Big Ben to Paris in 36 hours starting midday or just after on 19th, and getting to Paris the evening of the 20th.
    Btw, this is on a hybrid, self-supporting (carrying our own gear!)

    Paul Bonett – Brighton Ittaikan Aikido Club


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