We’re very proud to have each and every member we have today. There are lots of different motivations for joining the BMABA as an instructor, club, coach or sensei and we’re proud to back each and every individual that calls us home.

Here are just a few testimonials & stats from our instructor’s member base.

I would like to thank everyone on the BMABA Team that has helped me during my time with what can only be described as the best Martial Arts Association I have ever belonged to and I am proud to be one of its first members. Giovanni, you are an inspiration and entrepreneur for those that embrace a politics-free association, professionally run and a shining example for the rest. Keep up the good work – the recognition is already there and I suspect it will continue. The BMABA is the association that I had hoped and dreamed about to allow me to start teaching self defence with the support and advice I needed, but without the politics and interference I wished to avoid.

Jonathan Davis - Pure Self Defence

[The BMABA] has got to be a first; after over 31 years in martial arts and various governing bodies this one has to be the best by far.

Very helpful in all ways even when i make mistakes you come to the rescue; you seem to go that extra mile for me.

Richard Harris - Doveside Academy

Great association with brilliant line of resources.


What I love about the British Martial Arts & Boxing Association is that whether you have two or two hundred members you get the same top level of service and cover. All clubs and Instructors get the same opportunity’s as the next guy (which can’t be said about a lot of other associations).

On joining BMABA they recognised all my existing grades and welcomed all my student over and supplied them with new student cover. With over 25 years in martial arts I can honestly say that this is the most supportive group that I have been a part of.

Highly recommended.

Darren Langston - Langston Martial Arts Academy

I cannot recommend BMABA enough. They have helped us set up our club from the beginning and have been incredibly helpful. We both instructed in our own arts but were very nervous to begin on our own class. Wanting to run our club in the best way possible, we turned to BMABA for advising and we are very grateful for them going out of their way to help us in anyway that they can.

We would like to personally thank Kirsty for taking her time to reply to our many queries, we are very appreciative of all that you have done and your support along the way. Our club is proud to start its adventure with the BMABA team and all of their members, and I hope that we all grow together.

Carl Kryza & Nick Dore – Combat M.M.A & Self Defence

Very easy to navigate website making it an even more pleasant experience along with very friendly staff and members.

Fantastic Value for money and an association that puts its students and instructors first. Instructors have full autonomy over their club without any interference but with enough support to feel part of a valued and safe group.

Craig Sanderson

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Multi-Award Winning, Politics Free, Independent, Different.

There’s a reason we’re seen as an industry disruptor. Modern in our approach to technology and customer service, we’re community based and we’re a registered charitable foundation too. With nearly a decade of experience and a membership base in excess of 15,000 participants and instructors, we’re multi-award winning for a reason and would love to work with you.

BMABA is the first association I have joined as an individual instructor,and I have nothing but praise.

Knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful, with a strong brand image and very fair pricing. Highly recommended.

Being a member of BMABA gives me the reassurance that parents can feel safe that their children are in good hands.

D. Frost

A excellent association who put their members first. All the information you would need is enclosed in their website. Excellent value for money.

Again I would like to say that BMABA is the most supportive association that I have ever been a member of. BMABA fully backs up my grades and the grades of my students. The association helps me progress so that my students can progress under me.

The professionalism from BMABA is second to none and i love the service!

T. Davies

Best association I have been with. No politics or interference. Helpful and has everything a club requires.

Ridiculously Brilliant.

Excellent support, advice and help given at all times. During my first year as an instructor I have been made to feel like a welcome member of the organisation and never just a number.

D Thomas

Our club joined the BMABA back in 2014 and we’ve seen them grow and develop without loosing a single shred of honesty, transparency or passion for what they do.

When you have problems they’re straight on top of it to help out – quick to respond, friendly, professional – couldn’t ask for anything else.

I’ve been with around 4-5 bigger associations in the past and none of them even come close to touching the BMABA – I’ll never go anywhere else now as we get everything we need from them – like insurance, website stuff, kit, licensing, certificates – all from one place at a realy good deal.

Would recommend to any martial artist or club thinking about them! You’ll never regret it…

Suzie Williams

If you’re looking for a fair and professional association to run your martial arts classes through, look no further than the BMABA.

I was originally with an association that was purely after money from me and I couldn’t even get any certification from the chief instructor or get any certification of my insurance (that was paid to them).
With the Bmaba I got it all direct to my own account and more. It’s easy to register new students and add any new grades to individual student (which are put onto a national database). All in all a professional association.

Being a member of BMABA gives me the reassurance that parents can feel safe that their children are in good hands.

D. Frost

I would like to say that BMABA is the most supportive association that I have ever been a member of. BMABA fully backs up my grades and the grades of my students. The association helps me progress so that my students can progress under me.

I am very impressed with the BMABA, during my first interaction the BMABA was very helpful and polite which helped me make the decision to be part of the association

W. Hodgson

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Access expert guidance and speak with our dedicated team for queries on membership, insurance, eligibility, us or just about anything else you might need.

We’re not based from a kitchen worktop, nor do we employ call centres overseas to answer generic FAQs for us. We have three locations throughout the UK including our Headquarters in West Sussex. BMABA boasts over 1,250sqft of newly refurbished top-spec office space for our dedicated staff and everyone you speak with here – be it via email, live chat, Facebook or phone – is part of the team and not an outsourced agent.


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Join More Than 6,500 Like-Minded Instructors & Clubs

We’re one of the largest martial arts associations in the UK with more than 30,000 registered members across thousands of clubs and instructors.

We have our own offices, not the kitchen table.

There’s nothing wrong with smaller martial arts associations. In fact, we think it’s good for competition and variety. Unfortunately too many are one-man bands run from kitchen tables, and not professional set ups with staff.

We have three locations – Manchester, London and West Sussex. Our HQ has over 1,400sqft of dedicated, bespoke office space for our team of staff and volunteers.

Founded in 2012 by the now Multi-Award Winning Social Entrepreneur & Life-Long Martial Artist

Frustrated by a lack of affordable, professional alternatives to the associations Giovanni Soffietto had dealt with when participating and then teaching Thai Boxing and Karate, BMABA was founded.

Focused on professional standards and ethics rather than belts and titles, BMABA boasts the pedigree of a life-long martial arts expert come award winning social entrepreneur as it’s Chief Executive Officer. It’s fair to say we’re well qualified and backed by an industry giant.

Our Membership Isn’t Just A Piece Of Paper

We have always been focused on providing clubs with everything they need under a single membership, and our range of resources, tools and features delivers exactly that.

From template grading certificates and documents through to a free club website and national club listings. Whether it be advice on club structure and marketing or membership marks and qualifications. DBS checks, first aid qualifications, coaching certificates, instructor licenses, insurance, business plans, equipment, graphics – you named it, we cover it under just one simple, affordable membership.

Beautiful, Professional Certification As Standard

So much of what you do will be judged on the grades, credentials and certification you hold. We get that.

We know parents, students and venues don’t always understand exactly what qualifies you. We help by providing superb, professional certification that ensures you look the part. Be it a Dan Grade, Instructor License or Insurance Document, all of our digital and printed certificates will meet the mark and be accepted across the UK.

Our Profits Fund The Fighting Chance Foundation

All of our eligible profits are donated to the Fighting Chance Foundation to help change lives through martial arts.

From programmes designed to help children in poverty and women & girls at risk of violence through to anti-knife campaigns and disability inclusion work, the Fighting Chance Foundation changes lives through martial arts.

Access The Latest Martial Arts Qualifications

We provide all of our members with a free Level 1 and level 2 Martial Arts Instructor Qualification. We also provide access to more than twenty professional courses and qualifications to help expand our member’s portfolios.

From first aid, safeguarding and coaching through to concussion awareness, club colours and marketing – BMABA are a household name in martial arts for providing high-quality, affordable access to training and qualifications for martial arts.

We Back Our Members, Even During The Darkest Of Times

Our response and support throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic confirmed to the industry the way BMABA treats it’s members.

We provided daily updates, dedicated online training hubs, access to a free COVID instructor qualification, subsidised insurances, a self-funded Covid Recovery Scheme, mediation services with local authorities and interpretations of DCMS policy. We increased our operational hours to ensure a 7 day a week response and invested more than ever in our systems, processes and memberships. This is what an association should be doing for its members we believe. As our slogan goes; “To High Places By Narrow Roads“.

You won't find another UK martial arts association that can offer so much to their members.


Not entirely sure?

Try us for free for 6 months, with no obligation.

There’s absolutely no obligation to commit beyond 6 months. You’ll be able to explore what we offer, our member’s area, all of our licensing options and get a better feel for the BMABA’s service without any obligation to become a full member. We genuinely believe the best way to find out if we’re any good is to try us for yourself.

Switching To Us

We know there’s a lot to think about, and we can help.

We have absolutely no interest in enticing you to switch to BMABA if we’re not the right fit. We know that won’t last and isn’t good for you or us. Instead, we can offer a confidential switching process to help you price up whether or not it’s worth while, whilst also getting answers to any questions you might have.