Hi all, I’ve received the following email today from the BAB. ____________________________
Supplement 33 to the Coronavirus Guidance – England
Steve Billett the BAB Covid-19 Officer attended an online meeting with Sport England at 12:30 pmtoday (13th July 2021) where they advised the latest information prior to the government guidance and Sport England FAQs being published later this week, hopefully before the 19th July 2021.
Information Received from Sport England.
Full Contact Aikido can resume for both Adults and Juniors as of 19th July 2021.
There is no limit on class size or who you can train with.
The use of face covering is at the choice of the club leader, but is NOT a legal requirement.
The use of the NHS Track and Trace QR code to register at your club is suggested, but is not a legal requirement.
Some of your club members may be anxious about contact aikido , The BAB suggests that you should be sensitive to this and you could refer to the BAB Return to the Dojo documentation Phase 2 & 3 for guidance. Although this is no longer a legal requirement as of the 19th July 2021.
Based upon this information the BAB expects that in England, clubs will be able to train with full contact aikido as of the week commencing 19th July. In light of this please ensure your BAB membership is current & valid as it includes your person to person and public liability insurance. ___________________________________
Last weekend I sent off a few insurance renewals for those members who had expressed an interest in starting up again soon, so once I have confirmed all is in order on the insurance front and also that Berrywood Hospital is ok for us to resume practice and triple checked the T’s and C’s from the BAB perspective We are good to go !!
If anyone would like further info, please either email me using firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me on 07808 571089.
Failing that, please watch this space for the latest info.
I anticipate it may be a week or 2, before we get back to a very gentle reintroduction of our bodies to the mat !
Here is the first of two updates on the Aikido course in Grimsby a few weeks ago.
For all those that couldn’t make it, it really was a great course and even though we from Aikido Northampton did not stop for the Sunday session, we thoroughly enjoyed it, both on and off the mat !
It started off on Friday evening with our old friend (in both senses of the phrase) Mike Jennings being awarded a long overdue grade of 4th Dan, made even more special by the completely full mat and also an appearance by his first ever Aikido Instructor John Gorry
John Gorry explaining how he knocked some Aikdo basics into Mike on his first class
Back in 2000, I took my 3rd Dan in Aikido. The grading consisted of me instructing a 1/2 day course to a range of grades of Aikido, then peforming techniques as requested by the examiner (Vince Thompson)
However, the most daunting aspect was being asked to to produce a paper on “The Effect Of Aikido On The Individual”. I had not done anything like this in years and to be honest, dreaded the thought.
However, as soon as I had done it, I felt I had actually learned a lot about myself in the process.