The British Takemusu Aikido Federation (BTAF) was founded in February 2014 as the officially recognised British branch of the International Takemusu Aikido Federation (ITAF). We are also full members of the British Aikido Board (The U.K. Sport & Recreation Alliance’s recognised body for Aikido).

Our origins lie with the senior members of Takemusu Aikido Intercontinental including Pierre Chassang Shihan and Philippe Voarino Shihan and draws inspiration and teaching from these great teachers and their teachers: Tadashi Abe, Nobuyoshi Tamura and Morihiro Saito.

BTAF remains true to the teaching, spirit and beliefs of the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba O’Sensei and seeks to practice faithfully the Aikido created by him when the art reached its most achieved expression between 1940 and 1960.

Aikido (translating from the Japanese as “Way of Energy Harmony” is a Japanese martial way. It is a relatively modern art, but its roots are in the martial schools of feudal Japan and the Samurai. In BTAF we study Aikido as a practical, efficient and effective discipline.

We respect and preserve the methodology and pedagogy of Ueshiba O’Sensei’s Aikido incorporating the three fields of study: the sword, the spear and the empty-hand. As well as the complete system of Ri-Ai we focus on the foundation elements and principles of Aikido with the practice of technique and forms used merely as a vehicle to aid and cultivate this understanding.

Our Technical Advisors are Philippe Voarino and Francois Chidiac who are both direct students of Morihiro Saito. Morihiro Saito Shihan who was the founder’s longest serving student and was awarded the title of Shihan (Master Teacher) by him.

The Principal & Founder of BTAF is Jeff W Goodwin Sensei who first studied with Philippe Voarino in 1995 and became a direct student of his in 2014. B.T.A.F is managed by a Committee of Senior Aikido Teachers including Adam Prime Sensei and Paul Kesrouany Sensei as well as both Philippe Voarino and Francois Chidiac Shihan who sit on the Committee as Technical Advisors.

Read more about our committee