Corona Virus Update

Providing that the covid variants of interest don't cause another serious wave, the government should allow us to restart adult training from June 21st when the social distancing restrictions are expected to be lifted.
The government will lay out it's position on this on June 14th.
There will still be protocols to follow and these will be issued nearer the time.
Please ensure that the names of those anticipated to recommence training are sent in, so that blue insurance slips can be issued ahead of time.
Day courses are expected to be run at Meadowcroft from July.

Read the latest BAB Aikido Times newsletters

Aikido Times - December 2020
Aikido Times - March 2020

Corona Virus Update - BAB Suspends Insurance Cover

Read about the BAB Insurance Suspension

Promotion to Assistant Chief Instructor

Both Vince Sumpter and I have made a decision to make Steve Lindsey Assistant Chief Instructor together with Nigel Vaughan. Both of us felt it sensible and prudent to have two ACI’s as a result of current events to cover any future circumstances.
This effective from today.

Bill Harris
Chief Examiner

Corona Virus - Temporary Club Closures

The following clubs have notified me that they have closed for the time being, because of the Virus restrictions currently in place. Closures are currently expected to last for 6 weeks, so until the end of the first week of May.

  • Aylesbury
  • Bicester
  • Chippenham
  • Devizes
  • Harrow
  • Newport
  • North Cotswolds
  • Pinner
  • Reading
  • Towcester
  • Witney Carterton

The gradings on April 26th have been cancelled

See the Senior Gradings page for more details.

Senior Gradings

Owing to the ongoing Corona virus situation, the Government or local councils may order halls to be closed and there is therefore the possibility that gradings will not be able to take place in April as planned. It was therefore decided, without notice, to run gradings at the day course on 15th March.
Those of you who applied to take a grading in April but couldn't take it at the March course will be able to take it at the next day course.

See the Grading results in the Senior Gradings section

2020 Senior Gradings

The grading panels for the senior gradings on April 26th have been posted in the Senior Gradings section.

Read the latest BAB Aikido Times newsletters

Aikido Times - March 2020

Aikido Times - November 2019

KSK Courses Update

As part of Bill’s plans for the future of KSK, a panel of four Dan grades was set up in 2018 consisting of myself, Stuart, Nigel and Steve for the purpose of organising courses and trying to maintain standards within KSK. There have been teething problems which are in the process of being worked out.

Every course listed on the KSK website is open to all grades, and we highly recommend everyone to attend as many courses as possible. As well as meeting the senior grades, it is also an opportunity to practice with someone from another club.

A member of the panel is in attendance at each course and can use their discretion to select any instructor to teach on the day, so lesson plans need to be at the ready!

Although we may not all agree with the systems/styles of an instructor, you need to train in the style asked of you on the day so that you can then assess the standard of your own aikido. This is what makes KSK a unique organisation: we allow aikido to be practised in its many forms - open mind, open heart.

Any club whose students are unable to attend a listed course can set up their own course with at least one panel member invited to attend as lead instructor.
Please ensure such additional courses do not clash with those already booked in the diary. It can then be counted as one of the mandatory courses you must attend as a pre-requirement of grading in April.

To arrange an additional course of your own please contact me, Stuart, Nigel or Steve.


Banbury Club is closing

Keith Denney is closing his club at the end of April. He has 50 mats which he will donate free of charge to any KSK club that needs them. Contact Keith directly by e-mail at:

Read the latest 2019 BAB Aikido Times newsletter

Aikido Times - March 2019

2019 Senior Gradings

The grading panels for the senior gradings on April 14th have been posted in the Senior Gradings section.

January Day Course

Thank you to those who attended the first course of the year. It was a good turn out and it was nice to see some new faces on the mat. It was a good opportunity to run through a mixture of techniques with an emphasis on grading tips. Hopefully those who attended found it useful. Now that the courses are FREE to all KSK members, it would be good to see even more of you on the mat.
Any feed back would be much appreciated.
You can contact me through the Aylesbury aikido club web site or our Facebook page

2019 Day Course

Please note that the January and March Courses are not grade restricted this year and can be attended by all levels.
Attendance to the January course is compulsory for those wishing to take a grading in April. You must also have attended an absolute MINIMUM of 2 courses since last April.
More details.

November Day Courses

Just a reminder that all Day Courses are now free of charge for all current KSK members. There are 2 courses this month on November 10th and 11th.
More details.

Read the latest 2018 BAB Aikido Times newsletter

Aikido Times - October 2018
Aikido Times - June 2018

Important Notice – Kai Shin Kai Membership Fees

In discussion with senior members of the Kai Shin Kai we are in agreement that it is important to get more members attending the centralised courses at the Aylesbury QMCA centre. To this end – and to encourage attendance – I have made a decision that as from 1st September 2018 ALL courses at the Aylesbury QMCA will be free to Kai Shin Kai members.

The cost of putting on these courses is currently almost £3000 a year (made up of hall hire, van hire for mats, instructors’ travel expenses, refreshments, etc); with income from courses amounting to around £1500 (from student attendance fees of £10 each).

The KSK currently has one of the lowest annual membership fees (at £20 – & £25 for new members) and these fees have been the same for at least the past 10 years. Therefore – to cover the future costs of running these free courses – for memberships received by the KSK Registrar on or after 1st September 2018 membership fees will increase by £10 per member to:

£30 – for annual renewals, and

£35 – for first year new members

In effect this means that those students who normally attend 2 or 3 courses during the year will save money and even attendance at just one course pays for the increase in your membership fee. There will be NO increase in the “juniors” membership fee. However, Ikkyu and Dan grading fees will continue to be charged at their present rate.

Bill Harris

KSK Principal & Chief Instructor
25 April 2018

Coach Level 2 Courses

Anyone who has already attained Coach Level 1, can enhance their coaching skills by progressing to Level 2. There are 5 level 2 modules to be attended before taking the final assessment. The BAB is running two weekend courses both of which will cover all 5 of the modules. The first will be in the Solihull area on 9th-10th June and the other in the Reading area on 6th-7th Oct. Anyone who is interested interested should contact Bob Salloway at

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