Founded 1966
World Champions 1995, 2003, 2007 and 2011
The lead body for Sport Aikido in the United Kingdom
BAA Men’s Individual World Champions D Fielding 2003, C Kirkham 2009
BAA Women’s Individual World Champions C Kaur 1997 and L Beardsmore 2011 & 2013
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.


  • BAA Summer School North 2015
    June 10, 2015

    This can be downloaded as a PDF here

    St Mary’s School
    Bradford Road, Menston, Ilkley, West Yorkshire
    LS29 6AE

    Date: Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July 2015

    Juniors and Seniors
    Times: Daily: 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

    Coaches will include:-
    Shaun Hoddy 6th Dan : Bob Jones 7th Dan : Tony Davis 6th Dan
    Garrett Baxter 4th Dan : Mark Aldridge 4th Dan
    Sarah Fletcher 2nd Dan (Youth Development Officer)

    sessions include, Weapons, Koryu-dai-Go, and free practice

    Both junior and senior Kyu and Dan Grading for BAA members
    Sunday from 1.30 p.m.
    (Dan Grading fee: £15.00)

    BAA Coach Award CL1 Saturday 25th July 10.00am to 4.30pm

    For more information, and to pre-register, please contact the school organiser:
    Mr B Jones Tel 01943 863857:

    Please ensure you sign the register on the day cheques to be made

    payable to:
    British Aikido Association
    Participants are asked to bring their record book and proof of insurance

    Open to BAA and none BAA members

    Course Fees
    Adults BAA member £20.00 per day
    Adults non-BAA member £30.00 per day
    Under 18s BAA member £15.00 per day
    Under 18s non BAA member £20.00 per day

  • Website downtime
    June 3, 2015

    Unfortunately our website has been down since the weekend.  Thankfully our hosts have now rectified the problem.   Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

  • 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

  • Dudley Osborne
    May 14, 2015

    It is with great sadness that the BAA announces the passing of Dudley Osborne 3 Dan, an honoured Fellow of the Association. He died peacefully in Ashford Hospital on the morning of Tuesday 12 May 2015, aged 86.

    Dudley and I first joined the BAA 31 January 1975, as members of the newly formed Goshinaikikwai, founded by Basil Stephenson. Together with Ian Dunn and other members, Dudley and I took our first kyu grades (5 kyu) in April of the same year. Bill Lawrence and Lesley Hepden were the examiners. Since that time Dudley has never been off the mat and continued to practise up to a week ago. Already in his forties when he came to aikido Dudley was living proof that Tomiki Aikido can be practised with spirit well into late age and keep pace with the young. Dudley became the leader and father figure of the Goshinaikikwai, guiding the club through many changes of location and membership. Recently the Goshinaikikwai held a commemorative training day to celebrate 40 years of the clubs existence. Old members and new were there to share his pleasure in bringing us all together again to celebrate the club’s 40th anniversary. Gentle, considerate and always welcoming, Dudley personified the true Budo spirit.

    Paul Wildish,
    BAA Chairman.

  • Martial Arts Illustrated
    May 13, 2015

    An interview with the BAA’s Bob Jones is featured in the June 2015 issue of Martial Arts Illustrated magazine.


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