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Aerobic exercises for all ages
Internationally recognised
Knowledge of self-awareness
Interaction between mind & body
Development of the individual
Organised, educationally based tuition

AIKIDO practise can benefit everyone, male or female, young or old, of any ethnic or national origin. All can enjoy and improve their health and fitness by attending regular and well-run classes. The formal and more spiritual aspect of Aikido appeals to some, the physical side to others. Its full and natural body movement has aerobic benefits for all. When practised regularly it will assist in developing a fitter, suppler and stronger body with improved flexibility, reflexes and reactions.

AIKIDO is essentially non-violent, encourages harmony of Mind, Body & Spirit and the avoidance of confrontation. Force is never opposed by force. Resolving a conflict peacefully is better for all concerned and students soon learn how to improve their self-awareness, and with the techniques learnt, also grow in self-confidence. In this Aikido teaches self-defence.

AIKIDO is today’s fastest growing recreational activity with Japanese origins that go back many centuries. Aikido as practised today includes joint locking techniques and body movements from many of the ancient fighting methods taught, used, and perfected by the Samurai in feudal Japan.

AIKIDO principles are based on exploiting the weaknesses of an opponent. Joints, posture, the mind can all be vulnerable areas when attacked or challenged. In essence Aikido is turning an opponents' power against themselves by using the exact degree of control required to neutralise their energy without inflicting undue harm.

The BRITISH AIKIDO ASSOCIATION was founded in 1966 in order to promote and maintain the ethical and technical standards of Aikido in this country. There are BAA approved Clubs & Dojos in all parts of Britain. On an International basis the BAA is affiliated to the Japan Aikido Association. The BAA has Sport England recognition through the British Aikido Board and is the largest organisation within it.

Under the Auspices of the BAA, international high grade 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. Its 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.

Regular BAA/BAB approved coaching courses are founded upon a proven regularly updated coaching scheme. There are frequent opportunities to attend residential schools and courses. The BAA is committed to on going professional coach development through NCF & NVQ.

No special equipment is necessary but a beginner will eventually require a suitable outfit. Coaching fees vary from club to club and are comparable to an aerobics or squash session. In order to obtain a BAA grading, it is necessary to join the Association. Annual membership includes registration with the BAB with Member-to-Member cover and BAB Coach insurance for all BAA/BAB Qualified Coaches.

Further information can be obtained by contacting:

THE BRITISH AIKIDO ASSOCIATION, 332a Meanwood Road Leeds LS7 2JF West Yorkshire

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