To ensure safety of all - we have some rules.
Rules of Practice (also in your membership book)
Aikido is a traditional martial art and potentially dangerous thus care must be exercised. Do not execute techniques in a dangerous manner.
Listen to and watch your teacher (Sensei) to learn and follow what is being taught. Your mastery of each movement will depend on your application and attitude.
During lessons, people should assist each other and maintain control to ensure a safe and enjoyable practice.
Practise at the level of your partners; taking into consideration their differing physical attributes.
Be responsible for your behaviour and practice.
Do not use superior skill to inflict pain needlessly or excessively.
Do not practise under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Wear suitable footwear to the edge of the mat, keeping your feet clean to ensure no dirt or grit is brought on to the mat.
Respect and courtesy to all is expected.
If you need to leave the mat tell your Sensei. This is a safety point.
Keep yourself and your training Gi clean.
Keep your toe and fingernails cut short.
Jewellery, watches and sharp objects should be removed.
Weapons should be maintained in a safe condition.
Weapons should not be carried except to and from practice and then not openly but in a bag. (See more detailed advice)
The BAB states:-
All Aikidoka have a responsibility to behave in a manner which maintains and enhances the reputation of their Association and the Governing Body.
Aikido is a martial way practising a controlled form of potentially dangerous techniques. All should facilitate the safe and ethical practice of aikido
All members will (Approved AGM 2010):
Child Protection - we all have a duty to report any concerns
As young people are juniors in the eyes of the Child 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.