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What qualifications do our Coaches hold? All Coaches hold a Dan grade (black belt) which takes at least 5 years to obtain and signifies reaching a technical threshold. On the Coaching side a Coach must hold at least the national governing body's (British Aikido Board) Level 1 Coaching Award

Hold BAB Membership through which they get insurance cover. A Disclosure & Barring Service check is made if dealing with U18s


Those given Permission to Teach classes unsupervised in the Lancashire Aikikai are listed on the Association website "Our Instructors" also hold a First Aid qualification in addition to the matters mentioned previously,.

The BAB website lists members who hold theirĀ coaching award.

Safeguarding training has been undertaken by many in the Team


Coaching Team


Andrew Baird 5th Dan, BAB Coach Level 3



Sue Baird 4th Dan, BAB Coach Level 3



Hephzi Yohannon 3rd Dan, BAB Coach Level 1


Dave Barber 3rd Dan, BAB Coach Level 1


John Brooke 2nd Dan, BAB Coach Level 1