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The British Aikido Board is recognised by Sport England, as the only governing body for Aikido in the United Kingdom.
 
The constituted purpose of the British Aikido Board is to further the advancement of all styles of Aikido in the United Kingdom and to establish and monitor standards of safety and behaviour conducive to the safety of practitioners of Aikido.
 
The Board acts as an agent for insurance which is compulsory for both students and instructors. It also promotes a nationally recognised coaching scheme and is dedicated to guiding the development and implementation of a nationally recognised coaching system in conjunction with Sports Coach UK.
 
The Board's Executive Committee controls the administration of insurance and coaching and promotes a code of conduct and other rules to ensure control and regulation; it also frames future policy and direction based on changing circumstances and legislation arising both in the UK and through the European Community.
 
The Board itself, is an association not club based vehicle; the membership ranges from national to regionally based associations. Member associations remain independent both technically and financially. Currently there are over 1998 instructors holding current Coaching Awards and over 10,000 members representing 41 associations.
 
It is hoped that all Aikido groups within the United Kingdom will eventually join together under this "Aikido Umbrella".