Aikido Doshu to Visit the UK PDF Print E-mail
British Birankai are proud to announce the visit to the UK by Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, grandson of the founder of Aikido in June 2010. We are delighted that Waka sensei Ueshiba Mitsuteru and a Hombu dojo shihan will be joining Doshu for this event. A course will be held in Cardiff, South Wales with all three giving instruction.

A new website has been set up for this momentous occasion - book now! Click here to go to the website. Please note that all bookings have to be made in advance via the website and no bookings will be possible at the venue.

From the website:

"We are delighted and honoured that Doshu, Ueshiba Moriteru, has accepted an invitation from the British Aikido Federation, the Scottish Aikido Federation, the United Kingdom Aikikai, British Birankai and the Komyokan Aikido Association to visit and teach in the UK. The seminar will be held from Friday 18th June 2010 to Sunday 20th June 2010 at the Welsh Institute for Sport, Cardiff, South Wales."
Chiba Sensei Article by Simon Puffett PDF Print E-mail

After attending the British Birankai 2008 Summer School Simon Puffet of Aikido Shinryukan, New Zealand has written an article 'An Audience With TK Chiba Shihan in Wales'. Here is a link to their website and a link to the article. Thanks Simon - It was good to see you.

Coaching Requirements & How to Book PDF Print E-mail
13th January 2009: You can access this page from the 'Aikido' drop down menu

This page details coaching requirements and coaching information to enable teachers improve their coaching skills. Please note that Coaching in this sense does not refer to Aikido coaching but is instead about non-Aikido skills that help make better teachers.

How to Book a Course

It is possible to request a place on an existing course or you can contact a trainer and arrange a course at a suitable venue. CL2 (Coach Level 2) module requirements are listed lower down on this page.
Nationwide: Sports Coach UK (ScUK) Website
London: Pro-Active London
Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire: CSW Sport - Events

The Sports Coach UK courses are normally very cheap at around £10 per course and some are even free!

Coaching Requirements

BAB (British Aikido Board) defined coaching levels are as follows:
Coach Level 1 (CL1)
Coach Level 2 (CL2)
Coach Level 3 (CL3)
There are further levels for trainers.

Requirements: Coach Level 1
This is a two-day course for students intending to instruct without supervision at club level. An assessment of coaching ability will be made by an approved Coach Tutor throughout the course during both the theoretical and practical sessions. All students successfully satisfying these requirements will receive via their Association CLO a recognition certificate for Coach Level 1. Certificates of competence will then be issued via the Association. Contact British Birankai Coaching Liaison Officer (see Officials page) for further details.

Requirements: Coach Level 2

This is a one day assessment for students intending to instruct without supervision at club level and beginning to engage in coaching activity at Association level.

The CL2 units may be taken via the BAB or scUK as both are valid. Depending on which body you book the course through you will need to look for the names of modules as shown in the following table.

The student will require the following Units:

BAB Units Sports Coach UK Units
Young People Coaching Children & Young People
Protecting Children Safeguarding & Protecting Children
Practice, Skill & Technique Improving Practice & Skill
Fit for Purpose Fitness & Training
Communication Coaching Methods & Communication
Managing Risk Safe exercise, Injury Prevention & Management

Subsequent to taking the above modules there will be an assessment which will lead to the Coach level 2 qualification.

Requirements: Coach Level 3
See the BAB website for details
Interesting Articles on Other Websites PDF Print E-mail
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Chiba Sensei 40th Anniversary Video PDF Print E-mail

This is a clip from the Chiba Sensei 40th Anniversary Celebration video. The event was held in London in October 2006.

Download short Clip (6mb)

A full record of the event is available on 2 DVD discs. One disc contains the training, the other is a record of the evening event containing speeches and so on. The DVDs are available to buy either as a 2 disc set at £25 or separately at £15 per disc. Postage and packaging is additional. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it (Tel: 0191 2372908).

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