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Change of date senior gradings

Tuesday, March 8th, 2022

The senior aikido gradings will now be on Thursday March 10th and not Sunday March 13th. Time is 8-9.30pm.

Senior course & grading

Saturday, February 26th, 2022

There will be a senior Aikido course and grading on Sunday March 13th.

Time- 10am – 12noon approx.

Event cancellation Juniors

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

Apologies all…there appears to be many people unable to attend this event due to holidays etc so we will have to cancel on this occasion.

Please do look out for junior classes starting in September- we will be back very soon.


Club Lockdown

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

Due to the news of the second lockdown beginning on Thursday 5th, the club will sadly close again after the class on Wednesday 4th November. Thank you to you all for your support during these difficult times. We hope as everyone does that we can open again from Wednesday December 2nd. Take care everyone.

Aikido return

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

The British Aikido Board (BAB) is working to a 4 stage strategy to allow us to return to aikido training.

We are now allowed to move to stage 2 enabling us to practice non contact activities such as exercises, Ukemi and Jo and Boken work.

In order to do this safely please read the guidelines below:

Enter the club by the normal reception entrance where your temperature will be taken.

Please do not attend if showing any symptoms or have a cough/cold.

You will be required to provide contact details for test and trace and to fill in an “opt in” form.

Please come ready changed as changing rooms will be out of use at the moment. Hakamas can be put on in the

reception area.

Spectators are not allowed to wait in the reception area. The entrance door will be locked during practice.

Sanitizer will be provided to be used before and after the session.

There will be a one way system so you will exit the dojo from the exit door at the bottom.

A sweat towel is permitted to be kept in your own bag with outdoor shoes which will be taken on the mat with you to be left in your own section of the mat.

Please bring your own weapons which can be sanitized after use.

The timetable is obviously restricted at the moment and sadly we can only welcome students of 16+ years.

The date we are starting is Tuesday September 8th Class at 8pm-9pm

Thursday 8pm-9pm

Sunday 11am-12noon.

This has been a long time coming but hopefully this is a step in the right direction.

Looking forward to seeing you all


Fitness Covid19 Guidelines

Friday, July 24th, 2020

Please read the following carefully in order to ensure the smooth running of the club and keep us all safe. These guidelines are for the fitness classes only. Unfortunately, we have still not been given the go ahead to resume any Aikido classes. Fingers crossed it will be soon. Fitness classes to start back on Monday August 17th.

• Please observe social distancing at all times in all areas of the building. On entrance, wait outside until Barbara calls you in. Your name and contact number will be taken and kept for 21 days for NHS test and trace.

• In order to minimise the need for change to be given, all classes will be £5 which should make things easier to manage.

• Enter via our normal reception door. Please arrive already changed for class as changing rooms will be locked. Regrettably, we cannot allow anyone to wait in the reception area.

• Bring your own drink and sanitizer please, although sanitizer will be provided and masks if required. No towels allowed on training area but you can bring your own paper towels (some will be available if you forget) and dispose of them in the bin on the way out.

• If the bathroom is needed please disinfect surfaces after use with the wipes provided. Please note… NO paper towels and/or wipes to be placed in the toilet. Use bin provided.

• You will notice a 3 metre square outlined on the mat, please stay in your square. Adequate space for movement is allowed for. The maximum number on classes is 9 to ensure social distancing, allowing us all to stay safe.

• It will be a one-way system, so if you need the bathroom during the class, please use the exit door at the bottom of the building and walk around the outside.

• All doors and windows will be open to ensure sufficient ventilation and fans will be operational.

• Please check your own health prior to attending classes. Do not attend if you have a cough or cold or any other Covid19 symptoms. Also, maintain strict personal hygiene measures at all times.

• Obviously, no physical contact, handshaking, hugging etc.

• We are not allowed to play music at a high volume, which encourages shouting and we must discourage anyone from singing and whooping!

• If you require hand weights please bring your own.

• The timetable is very limited to start with, to give us all chance to establish this new normal routine. We will advise you of it a bit later, together with details of the required booking system.

• After the class exit the building via the side door at the bottom to take you to the car park.

Many thanks to all those of you who have supported the online sessions. They have kept everyone motivated hopefully. We look forward to seeing you all in person very soon!


Update from British Aikido Board

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

I am sure we have all welcomed the government announcement of the re-opening of sports centres etc and the suggestion that contact sports might resume.

However, following Sport England clarification, I have regrettably to confirm that the only contact sports being considered at this time are team sports, not general training and this is subject to their making a detailed plan for approval by Government.

For the rest of us Sport England refer to consultations that are to take place with contact sports to identify a way forward and I have expressed a wish to be included in these consultations. I have also identified a range of activities that Aikidoka might practice whilst still maintaining social distancing, and hope this will provide a way back to training.

We will keep you informed of any developments.

Keith Holland Chairman 16th July 2020 Copyright © 2020 British Aikido Board, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is: British Aikido Board The Budo Centre, Mill Lane Studio Mill Lane, Mill Road Barnstaple, Devon EX31 1JQ United Kingdom

Looks like we’ll be back ……finally!

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Hi everyone! In view of today’s announcement from the sports minister, the government have now given the go ahead for gyms etc to open from 25th July.

Obviously, we need time to think about how to do it safely for all our members and instructors.

Please bear with us, we will keep you informed with the progress and let you know when we feel we can reopen safely.

Looking forward to seeing you all as soon as we can.

Barbara xx

Aikido Dan Grading Weekend 14/15th September

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

The Dan Grading weekend is next week 14th/15th September.

Training is 2.00-6.00 Saturday

Gradings only on Sunday.10.00 onwards

Please note the start time is 10am and NOT the usual start time of 10.30

Junior Aikido- Class cancellation

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

The Junior Aikido classes on Saturday 24th August are cancelled for this one week only. The term time timetable is as normal from Tuesday 3rd September.

The next Junior grading date is Saturday 28th September.

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