The British Aikido Association was founded in 1966 to promote the development of Sport (Tomiki) Aikido and is the most successful competitive organization outside Japan having won the World Championship title on three occasions since the competitions inception in 1989.
The BAA has on ongoing and close relationship with the Japan Aikido Association, which is the Governing Body for Sport Aikido in Japan.
The BAA is a registered Private Limited Company by Guarantee (Certificate Number 07973741) a not for profit social enterprise whose purpose is to promote and spread the application of Aikido for sporting endeavours.
The British Aikido Association works on five guiding principles
The BAA as an organization is committed to the democratic process and that all key positions are open for election on a three-year rotation. No individual within the organization has sole authority over any aspect of development either administrative or technical.
The organization has a strong belief in self-determination and is open to a wide range of technical developments, improvements and instruction. The BAA provides independent technical and administrative direction to its members.
The BAA is committed to the Tomiki school of Aikido including the teaching of the Korryu and the Goshin Ho, Kakarigieko, Hikitategieko, Randori and self defence. It endeavours to offer a broad church approach in delivery style and application of techniques. The syllabus directs technical standards by ensuring that the knowledge and substance of Tomiki Aikido is maintained.
The BAA is committed to the promotion of Aikido as a competitive sport in terms of both Embu (Kata) and Randori (Freeplay) including junior, youth and adult events at local, national and international level.
Uniformed political and administrative processes
The BAA is committed to a uniform administrative approach with the Constitution; Policies, Bye Laws and Working practices applying to all its members. It is committed to equity in sport. Equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure that it becomes equally accessible to all members of society, whatever their age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality or socio-economic status.
The Association is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of discrimination, intimidation, harassment and abuse.
Executive Committee structure and election cycle
1 Elected at AGM on a three year rolling cycle with full voting rights
B Vice Chairman
C General Secretary (Chair Honorary Awards)
D Coaching Development Officer (Chair Coach Committee
E Youth Development Officer
F Communications Officer
G Development Officer (Sport)(Chair Competitions Committee)
H Development Officer for Training, Standards and Qualifications
2 Appointed on a three year rolling cycle
K Finance Officer (with full voting rights)
L Membership Officer (Registrar)
M National Team Manager
N Child Welfare Officer
3 Appointed and linked to EC elected members listed (with voting rights on relevant issues)
C General Secretary has responsibility for
1. Membership Officer
2. Central Bookings Officer
E Youth Development Officer has responsibility for
1. Junior Competitions Development Officer
2. Youth Awards Administration Officer
F Communications Officer has responsibility for
1. Web Manager
2. Sponsorship Officer
3. Newsletter Editor
G Development Officer (Sport)
1. Referee and Judge Training Officer
2. Competitions Officer
4 Roles to be fulfilled by members of the EC or appointees
C BAB Representative
D BAB Representative
A TAIN Representative (Chairman)
TAIN Representative (Appointed x 2)
A ETAN Representative (Chairman)
ETAN Representative (Appointed x 2)
5 Fellows and Patrons appointed by the EC
6. Current Post Holders and election/appointment rotation
Year One (2010/2013)
Chairman Paul wildish
Chief Executive Bob Jones
Coaching Development Officer Paul Holding
Membership Officer (and Vice Chairman) Lee Adams
Child Welfare Officer Frances Burgess
Year Two (2011/2014)
Youth Development Officer Sarah Fletcher
Finance Officer Brent Moran
Central Bookings Officer Danielle Jones
Year Three (2012/2015)
General Secretary Claire Grundy
Development Officer (Traditional) Tony Davis
National Team Manager Laura Beardsmore, Paul Carr
Development Officer for Training, Standards and Qualification Mark Jenner
Notice of AGM 28 days
Proposals/agenda items received within 21 days
Final Agenda circulated 14 days