Some of you may be aware that the BAB has issued a bulletin informing Associations that Sport England have advised that “full contact Aikido may resume for all ages from 19th July 2021.
Furthermore the BAB have advised ( and we strongly agree) that some members may be anxious about the notion of a sudden return to full contact Aikido and I am writing to reassure all members that the Aikido Fellowship will be taking the advice of the BAB to take a cautious and phased approach to the easing of Covid restrictions within our Association.
For those of you attending Summer School next week, please be assured that in terms of Covid safety, nothing changes. We are mindful that Covid cases are increasing and it is not appropriate for us to relax our approved safety plan at this time.
We will be writing to all who have booked to confirm the safety measures in place and what you need to do to protect yourselves and your fellow practitioners. Our commitment is to provide a safe and relaxed environment in which to practice and to adapt to the individual needs and concerns of all.
Should anyone have any concerns or questions about the return, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Aikido Secretary and we, the Executive Committee will arrange to discuss this with you directly.
After Summer School, we will engage with each of the club heads to start the process of planning a return to all venues. We will also set up a Zoom meeting with all members to solicit your feedback and further meetings to keep you informed.
In the meantime, enjoy the Summer break but, like me, you may want to think about starting to build up your fitness to return to the dojo.
For those attending Summer-school who have not practiced for a while, a few Aikido warm-up exercises a day may prove beneficial.
I am very much looking forward to seeing you all soon and thank you all for your stoic support throughout this challenging time.
Stay safe and happy