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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct: All Aikidoka and especially the Coach have a responsibility to behave in a manner that maintains and enhances the reputation of their Association and the National Governing Body. Aikido is a martial way of practising a controlled form of potentially dangerous techniques. At all times Coaches should facilitate the safe and ethical practice of Aikido. Coaches should encourage a culture in which they and their students are aware of their ‘Duty of Care.’

This will include such considerations as:

  • safe execution of technique.
  • maintenance of a safe environment.
  • awareness of the need for personal hygiene.
  • BAB policy on drugs and alcohol.
  • appreciation of the type of practice appropriate to each grade.
  • awareness of Equal Opportunities issues.
  • awareness of the need for appropriate language.
  • appreciation of your own responsibility for insurance cover.
  • any other issues concerned with the proper running of a club.


Coaching Ethics

The NGB BAB has approved and adopted the Sports Coach UK Code of Ethics, the BAB Equality Policy and the bAB Safeguarding Policy


Taken from Section 2 of their BAB Coaching and Club Handbook (Coaching Manual)

Appropriate Links

Additional to the links on the bottom of this page

Expectations of Juniors and Parents

You and Your Responsibilties (Lancashire Aikikai) particularly the "Rules of Practice" that are included in membership books.

How the Lancashire Aikikai works contains many of policies and guidance


Child Protection - we all have a duty to report any concerns

As young people are juniors in the eyes of the Child Safeguarding & Protection Policy and the law till they reach 18 – all members need to be aware of the policy and how to report concerns its not just those involved with junior classes but 16-18 on a senior mat.

Unless to do so would place a child at risk of harm your first point of contact should be our Club Welfare Officer - Algy Cole or Association CPO.


Disciplinary Procedures

The Club and the Lancashire Aikikai both have Disciplinary Procedures contained in their Constitutions.

Ours says "Where a member has brought Aikido or the Club into disrepute, has acted in a unbecoming way or manner, infringed any Club rules, regulation, constitution or code of conduct (or that of the British Aikido Board or Lancashire Aikikai) then action falls within this section. Disciplinary outcomes may include sanctions, conditions, reprimands, termination of membership, suspension or other measures."

Coaching Practice

The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below. All coaches must:

  • Consider the well being and safety of participants before the development of performance.
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with participants, based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part.
  • Promote the positive aspects of the sport - building physical skills and abilities; interpersonal skills & respect for each other.
  • Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance. Thereby ensuring their behaviour is not misconstrued or open to allegations of favouritism, misconduct or impropriety.
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by the national governing body – the British Aikido Board, our Association – Lancashire Aikikai and Trafford Aikido
  • Comply and promote with equality and child protection best practise.
  • Hold current permission to teach from the Lancashire Aikikai Principal in accordance with the Aikikai’s Child Protection policy when taking a class unsupervised
  • Hold valid and appropriate coaching, First Aid qualifications and insurance cover.
  • Never exert undue influence over participants to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • Never condone use of excessive force or the use of prohibited substances.
  • Encourage and guide participants to value their performances to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and actions.
  • Respect the rights of participants to decline an activity which they consider beyond their abilities.