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Aikido Dublin Coaching Level 2 - Bob Jones BAA

Bob Jones sensei, 8th Dan and CEO of the British Aikido Association (BAA)  travelled to Antrim (Katsu Dojo, 勝 道場) in Ireland on April 28th 2024 to deliver the BAA Coach Level 2 course to a number of BAA club coaches from dojos in the North of Ireland as well as from the south.

This higher level course covered a lot of coaching theory but also included practical exercises as well as evaluation of candidates in simulated teaching assignments. 


BAA Coach Level 2 award is for coaches already holding a Coach Level 1 award who are intending to instruct without supervision at club level and who are beginning to engage in coaching activity at Association level.

Candidates must:

  • Be 18 years or over when registered for the course.
  • Be recommended by the BAA and possess the necessary technical knowledge in Aikido (minimum of 1st Dan).
  • Complete a Level 2 Coaching course approved by the BAA or attend a Level 2 Coaching course by an approved BAA Coaching tutor.
  • Have held a BAA Coach Level 1 award for a minimum of 12 months.
  • Have evidence of practical coaching for a minimum of 12 Months since receiving BAA Coach Level 1.
  • Successfully complete a one-day assessment which includes a session of peer Coaching.
  • Have Professional Indemnity insurance cover. 

The Level 2 Coaching course covered the following topics

  • Coaching Methods and Communication
  • Coaching Children and Young people
  • Safe Exercise, Injury Prevention and Management
  • Improving Practice and Skill
  • Goal Setting and Planning
  • Fitness and Training


The Coach tutor makes an assessment of coaching capability. Assessment takes place throughout the course both during the theoretical and practical sessions. Each candidate is expected to coach for a set period and be able to answer specific questions related to the application of the theoretical sessions.

Assessment Criteria: The candidate must demonstrate

  • Application of coaching theory
  • Use of differing teaching styles
  • Effective Communication
  • Safety and Duty of Care
  • Lesson structure, relevance and progression
  • Confidence
  • Safe approach to exercise


Bob Jones 8th Dan BAA teaching Aikido in Dublin

And of course some Aikido!

Those that know Bob sensei also know that he enjoys teaching Aikido and the opportunity was not to be missed with Bob teaching some techniques from Koryu Dai-ichi,  Thank you Bob!

Update - 8 June 2024

We received by post today three new Level 2 Coaching Certificates from the BAA.

Aikido Dublin Level 2 CoachesCongratulations to our candidates; Keith, Pam, Jer

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