2018 was a significant year for the UKA. It started with a member consultation in Bicester about organisation planning, followed by committee changes at the AGM. My appointment as chairperson came out of that.
The previous committee have/had a strong desire to see more people involved in the UKA and I was keen to support this, which is why I’m here. I’ve had success with my own club and professional experience in leading teams, something that can help us. Likewise, I fully support this direction and want more people involved.
As a quick introduction I joined the UKA 20+ years ago after practicing at Kai Shin Kai and BAF clubs before moving to London. I was a member of 2 different UKA clubs before starting my own, all this moving around came from moving with my job.
It’s a few months in since the last AGM and what have we achieved? Here’s a few highlights:
GDPR compliancy, resulting in a revamped membership form.
An administration committee (responsible for everything ‘off the mat’).
Advertising which generated 50+ new people on the mat – Read more about that here.
Summer School planned for August 8-11th with an amazing instructor (you can book tickets here).
It’s not all been good, the passing of Peter Brady earlier in the year affected us. On a personal note I remember a discussion with Peter at Summer School 2017 about the future of aikido. Peter’s view was to be more forthright in promoting aikido which resulted in his mini-interview on our YouTube channel.
Back on to achievements, we are also very proud to announce the UKA have been invited to the All Japan Aikido Demonstration in May. This is huge recognition to be invited to a highly prestigious event, in Japan.