Bryan Bateman (batemanb) wrote:
In the UK, most clubs are members of the BAB (British Aikido Board), including the BAF. It is recognised as the governing body for all aikido in the UK. They provide a Nationally recognised coaching scheme and are able to provide insurance. Their website is here
If I can clarify a bit..
No individuals, dojos or clubs are members of the BAB as such, rather it acts as an umbrella organisation for the various aikido associations/federations/organisations/whatever. So for example, all BAF clubs are indirectly affiliated to the BAB, but it is the BAF itself which is a member.
It isn't possible for an individual dojo to join the BAB, it would have to join one of the associations affiliated to it.
(There are about 40-odd to choose from, covering many different styles.)
They dont actually provide the insurance themselves though, they just act as a middleman. So as an independant dojo, it would probably make more sense to go direct to an insurer anyway.
BTW, a typo crept into the URL in Bryan's post above, that should read: www.bab.org.uk