The reason for the creation of the BKAA was to

  1. Teach the concepts of Aikido, especially Ki-Aikido to as many people as it can benefit.
  2. Use logical teaching methods easily understood by Europeans.
  3. Provide a safe and welcoming environment.
  4. Create a 'not for profit' organisation.
  5. To be accepting of all students no matter their circumstances.
  6. To provide a system to improve body and mind of all members improving their character and quality of life.

in order to meet these objectives the BKAA follows the following guidelines

Aikido and Ki-Aikido

Our grading syllabus is primarily based on Ki-Aikido as developed by Master Koichi Tohei.
Although each dojo may have its own manner of teaching dependent on the needs of the students and the background of the instructors.

Logical Teaching Methods

In the BKAA we use many of our own terms in English language.
We also have our own sytem of teaching movement logically.
We try to to minimise the use of Japanese terms to help learning.
Etiquette is kept to the traditional essentials.

Environment

All dojos follow health and safety standards.
All instructors are first-aid trained.
We have very few incidents of people being hurt, as training is progressive. From gently to active.
You are welcome to come and watch a class. In fact you're encouraged to join in.
Classes are conducted in a controlled manner. We leave our ego at the edge of the mat.
Everyone's friendly, Aikido promotes the spirit of fellowship.

Not for Profit

The BKAA is a 'not for profit' organisation (although not registered as a charity).
Our instructors run the clubs and teach without fee.
All dojos try to keep their class prices to the minimum.
Any BKAA membership fees are required for insurance purposes.

Accepting of all students

Aikido philosophy sees all people as important and so we accept all who can benefit from our organisation.
The  'Human rights Act'  and  'U.K.Equality act 2010' specifies that all organisation must offer 'equality of opportunity' to all.
In this spirit all students and instructors will practice together.

Age

In principle any age can practice with the BKAA.
We have students in their 70's practicing with us.
However, dojo facilities or instructor availability may restrict our ability to provide this.

Disability

All are welcome, from blindness to wheelchair users.
However, not every dojo is able to accommodate this. It is dependent on the specific disability and access to the dojo.

Gender

All genders are welcome.
Aikido has found great support from females who find not relying on strength give them equal advantage against bigger men in the practice sessions.

Marriage

All legal unions are welcomed.

Pregnancy & Maternity

All are welcome.
Practicality will be taken into account and a discussion with a medical professional may be requested.

Ethnic origin

All people are welcome no matter your status, nationality or ethnicity.

Religion/Political beliefs

The BKAA has no political or religious attachments.
You will not be asked to follow any religious ritual during practice.
Please note:

  • Bowing is a Japanese cultural manner of showing respect, with no religious significance.
  • All students are welcome to join, regardless of their political or religious beliefs.

(note: While with the BKAA students are asked not to promote their individual beliefs to other members.)

Sexual orientation

All are welcome.

Special circumstances

Regardless of your circumstances, our instructors will do what they can to include you in the club.

  • In some cases students suffering "hardship" can train without payment.
    (although insurance will still be required). 
  • The BKAA has accepted many students with life threatening illnesses who continue to practice.
    Practicality will be taken into account and a discussion with a medical professional may be requested.


Please speak to your dojo instructor, for a private and confidential discussion on your 'special circumstances'.

A system to improve 'body and mind'

 Aikido practice is this system!

The benefits include

  • Relaxation, stress management
  • Better co-ordination
  • Increased speed and reflex
  • Confidence, Self defence ability
  • Flexibility
  • Improved strength
  • Physical and mental endurance