British Aikido Association

Founded in 1966 to promote and maintain the ethical and technical standards of Tomiki Aikido in the United Kingdom. There are BAA approved Clubs & Dojos throughout the United Kingdom.

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Aikido is a Japanese form of self-defence and martial art that uses locks, holds, throws, and the opponent’s own movements.

Competitive (or Sport) Aikido is a relatively recent innovation; Aikido Randori was established in the early 1960s just prior to Judo entering the Olympics in 1964. The first British National Championships took place in 1968 at the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace.

The BAA organises national competitions for juniors, cadets and seniors in the UK. The Worldwide Sport Aikido Federation (WSAF) organises European and International competitions for juniors, youth, cadets and seniors.

Here are some of the benefits of joining the BAA:

  • Practice Traditional Aikido, Yoshinkan Aikido and Tomiki Aikido.
  • Attend national courses and local training days.
  • Attend national and international recognised gradings.
  • Access to a well established Coach Training programme and nationally recognised Coaching Qualifications.

You can join the BAA as either an individual or a club from this page : Memberships

Yes, since 2014 the BAA has offered affiliate and associate membership to a variety of groups and styles of Aikido.

  • Affiliate membership is available to any Aikido club that practices a style that isn’t Tomiki.
  • Associate membership is available to any martial arts club that doesn’t practice Aikido, for example Karate, Aikijujutsu etc.

All affiliate and associate clubs are included in the BAA club directory with their club details shown in : Find A Club

You can join the BAA as either an affiliate or associate from this page : Memberships

There are BAA registered clubs & dojos in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Contact Us

Write to us, or send us a message if you have any questions regarding the BAA, BAA membership or BAA affiliated clubs.

British Aikido Association

332a Meanwood Road
West Yorkshire