The Association was established in 1971, with the aim of promoting the martial art of Aikido in Hong Kong.  It was incorporated in 1999 as the Hong Kong Aikido Association Limited and is served by volunteers and instructors.

Kenneth Cottier Shihan (1933-2008) founded the Association in 1971 when he opened a dojo in Ho Man Tin Street, Kowloon.  When he was not in Hong Kong, he continued to visit every year to teach and promote Aikido in Hong Kong and Asia.  Cottier Shihan passed away in 2008.