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Key Affiliations


Go Shin Kai

Go Shin Kai was created through the amalgamation of five founding Clubs, which range in size and geographical location throughout the United Kingdom.  

The founding clubs are Bloomsbury Aikido Club, Gloucester Aikido Club, Kidderminster Aikido Club  and Zanshin-Kai Aikido Club. The inception of the association was to help keep the teachings of Shihan William Smith MBE in the body art, bokken and Jo alive whilst also following the teachings of present day instructors from Hombu Dojo.

Go Shin Kai is a full member of the British Aikido Board (BAB) and all coaches, individual members and dojos are insured through this relationship.

British Aikido Board

The British Aikido Board (BAB) is the only National Governing Body for Aikido in the United Kingdom.

The BAB is recognised by Sport England, a process that determines which National Governing Bodies (NGBs) are responsible for governing the sporting activities the Sports Councils are willing to consider supporting and working with. It acknowledges the status of NGBs as private organisations that govern particular sports through the common consent of the sport itself.

The BAB provides support to the majority of Aikido Associations, clubs, coaches and members across Great Britain. It does not award Aikido grades, which is the responsibility of the clubs and associations. It does however administer and award legally-recognised coaching certificates.

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Aikikai Foundation

The Aikikai Foundation (Hombu Dojo) was officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1940 and  is the parent organization for the development and popularization of Aikido throughout the world.

The grading of all members is carried out according to the regulations and syllabus of the Aikikai Foundation.

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