Carbon-Neutral Martial Arts

We are proud to be the UK’s first Martial Arts Association to commit to being completely Carbon Neutral.

We believe the natural world in which we live is intrinsically linked to the martial arts we love and cherish. So many elements from so many disciplines of martial art incorporate nature, the earth or ‘Qi’ (universal energy) and yet that very same environment is under sustained, immediate threat. To afford generations to come the opportunity to enjoy martial arts as we do today that simply must change.

With this in mind, whilst in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 we committed to substantial changes in the way we trade, operate and grow. Clearly becoming completely carbon-neutral and eco-aware during the worst economic downturn in 600 years has led the association to incur considerable relevate costs. Whilst unfortunate for us, the immediate reversal of the damage our trade might do to the world we have inherited is much more pressing.

With this in mind, with immediate effect;

  • 100% Carbon-Offsetting
    Effective from September 1st 2020, BMABA and it's full group of associated social enterprises will offset 100% of any outstanding carbon emissions on an annual basis, with a certified donation to the Carbon Trust.
  • Tree Planting Programme
    We plant trees on a monthly basis throughout the UK and other areas around the world of high forestation to offset the entire professional and personal footprint our offices and staff have on the world. We also plant on behalf of our clubs for every instructor or student registered with us.
  • Recycled Consumables
    We are switching the association's consumables (such as inks, paper, packaging and so on) to recycled or recyclable sources.
  • Eco-Packaging
    From September 1st 2020 all packaging used across the BMABA group for documents, certificates and other stock will be eco-friendly and recycled.
  • Eco-Aware Merchandise
    We're pledging to ensure as much merchandise as possible is partially or fully recycled. Wherever that's not possible, we will offset in full the representative 'carbon-cost' of those materials.
  • Eco-Friendly Energy
    From April 2019 BMABA moved to sustainable energy for our offices and premises, to ensure BMABA's corporate footprint in terms of energy consumption is as eco-friendly as possible.
  • Net-Zero Web Hosting
    As you may have guessed from our extensive websites, we're tech-savvy. With this in mind we're moving all of our web systems and hosting to eco-friendly web hosting services that offset emissions or use renewable energy only for the cooling of their systems and servers.
  • 100% Staff Travel Offset
    We're offsetting 100% of the carbon footprint and emissions our staff generate commuting to and from our office. This includes incentivising work from home when possible and encouraging greener modes of transport.
  • Vegetarian & Organic Food And Drink Only
    Our office policy ensures BMABA only provides its staff with vegetarian and organic food and drink throughout its office. This includes everything from ensuring alternatives (such as oatmilk) is available for tea and coffee through to opting for unbleached tag bags in the cupboard.
  • Full Recycling Programme
    We will ensure as little waste as possible for landfills by providing full recycling for card, paper, foods and other materials in the office to reduce the amount of rubbish going straight into bin bags.

In 2021 we will take this programme further, opening the door to our member clubs offsetting their club’s emissions and carbon footprint too through an easy to operate contribution scheme.

This is an entirely self-funded scheme with no financial rewards, incentives or support from third parties. We believe in providing martial arts for generations to come, and feel this is an essential part of that process.

The entire programme will be met at our cost and will not be passed onto our members. LEARN MORE

Interesting in joining a modern-minded organisation?

We offer a range of membership options to suit every sized club, with 6 months free to try us out without obligation.

We’re here to help with questions and queries.

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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We’re always happy to speak with new and current members by phone.

Lines are generally staffed between the hours of 9.15am and 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 1pm Friday. Occasionally you may not be able to reach us if we’re all tied up elsewhere (you’re calling a real office, not a call-centre!) but we provide an answer phone service 24/7. Please leave a message and we’ll be happy to call you back as soon as we’re free.

Or, if you prefer, you’re welcome to;

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.