THE BRITISH AIKIDO BOARD EXPOSED.
Simply pay your dues and the BAB will accept any, and all grades, without question, many up to 8th dan - Self appointed titles of Shihan and Hanshi are welcomed. The British Aikido Board as with the proud claim of the `Salvation Army ` They are known to never turn anyone away.
If one has huge round objects, and enough members to present themselves as the first pioneer of UK Aikido to the BAB, as Mr Jack Poole did - The BAB, will totally ignore the first hand knowledge of the three surviving pioneers of Kenshiro Abbe Sensei, along with the documented history and factual evidence which they actually refused to look at despite fully knowing the truth, the BAB will not only believe them, they will publicly honour them in front of the full membership at their national seminar.
The first BAB UK 9th dan is waiting in the wings of a dojo somewhere near you. Don't be shy, the BAB are waiting for you.
For a fee, one can simply go on the BAB website and actually download the dan grade certificate of their choice. ( don't wait until Christmas - order your black belt certificate now! )
It is common now to see self-promoted high grades claiming to be " British Aikido Board Approved ". The self graded are grading others in an orgy of high grades never before seen in the history of British Aikido.
I remember Kenshiro Abbe Sensei being the `only` 6th dan Aikido in the UK - Ken Williams Sensei was the highest graded UK student at 3rd dan along with four of us that were second dans.
There are so many self graded high grades that have awarded themselves grades higher than our early great Budo teachers - Kenshiro Abbe - Tadashi Abe - Mutsuro Nakazono - Masamichi Noro - R.I.P.
As with the proverbial red phone box, we now have a BAB approved 6th dan in every town and village - is that progress ? I think not.
The BAB executive members have awarded themselves a `honorarium` or share-out of £1000 each - per year - of the members money, ``your money``
It should be noted that many UK Aikido organisations including the ` Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido` are not members of the British Aikido Board.
Henry Ellis site admin.
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