Chairman’s Correspondence Issue No 2 December 2020

Updated: Mar 9, 2021

The Official Newsletter of the BAA Edited by Lee Adams BAA Chairman

Issue No 2 December 2020

From the Chair

2020 was probably the most challenging year for our members, government restriction and subsequent variances meant that many clubs were forced to close and seek novel ways to maintain training with their members, some clubs unfortunately closed their doors for the final time.

As you know Paul Wildish stepped down as chair this year, I would like to add my thanks and gratitude to his work both as Chair and for the production of the popular Shizentai magazine, my thanks also go to the volunteers of the EC who dedicate a vast amount of personal time supporting necessary tasks on behalf of the membership, and finally and by no mean least to those volunteer members who take the leap into the unknown when starting a club so they can continue to share their love of Aikido within their communities.

Tomiki’s legacy is represented by several groups and associations which is small in comparison to other martial arts, my hope for 2021 is that we start a dialogue to put those differences aside so we can come together once more.

Style should never be a barrier it should be a learning opportunity and if we adhere to the principles then I believe we as practitioners are more in line with Tomiki’s vison.

There is a brief respite over the Christmas period to enjoy with family, I and the BAA executive, wish all our members and friends all over the world the very best for the festive holidays.

BAA Club News

Many of you will have been recently contacted by our Club Liaison Officer Paul Holding this is to enable the BAA to understand each clubs current status and to understand what support you may need when you open your doors to students once more, I would like to thank those of you who have already suggested some excellent additions to club support and my hope is that where ever possible the BAA will be able to implement these.

Mentoring groups are being established, usually groups of 8 higher grades (1 Kyu and above) to provide ongoing technical and coaching support. The initial pilot group has been working for over two years and has trained on three occasions with one additional virtual meeting. Bob Jones is in the process of recruiting a further group from the North of England and one from the South of England. Interested parties should contact Bob at either or or via the general enquires number at the head of this newsletter.

For those clubs needing assistance in getting back into operation please contact the BAA via the general enquires number to discuss how we can help. Bob Jones BAA CEO

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