Tired of your current association?

We’re listening.

You can talk to us in complete confidence and we can help switch you across – regardless of how complex this may be – to ensure your memberships, licensing and insurances go live in the most efficient way possible.

We understand that alot of instructors and clubs are loyal to their association – and we think that’s great. Unfortunately there comes a point where sometimes you feel a change of direction might really help your club progress, and we’re here to help.

Switching associations can be a bit daunting, especially if you’ve been with your current body for many years and learnt how to run your club in line with their guidelines and requirements.

As a politics free, independent martial arts association representing the interests of hundreds of clubs and thousands of members across the UK we’ve learnt a thing or two about helping clubs ‘off-load’ from their current body and ‘on-board’ with our NGB with as little confusion, fuss or down time as possible.

What’s more, we’re on hand to help you along every step of the way.

4 Reasons To Talk To Us
About Switching Associations

  • Completely Confidential
    We know it’s a sensitive topic, especially if your current organisation is controlling or restrictive. We can offer any discussions in complete confidence and without obligation for your peace of mind. You can find out if we’re right for you and make your own informed decision, without any pressure.
  • Co-Ordinated On-Boarding
    We know how worrying the idea of having insurances, licenses, grades and other administrative items between different organisations can be. We can offer a tailored ‘on-boarding’ process to ensure everything switches to us at the right time, at no extra charge.
  • Forward Thinking Organisation
    We run our organisation as an ethical business, focused on customer service. Every member has a vote and a voice, and we’re determined to continue being one of the most forward thinking organisations anywhere in the martial arts industry.
  • Completely Honest & Open Advice
    We don’t want you to join us, only to be disappointed with the service or available tools. Because associations only work when everyone pulls in the same direction we’ll offer you honest, open and straight forward guidance on whether or not we can do as you require. Simple, just as it should be.

Get To Know Us Better

Big Or Small. Easy Or Complex.

Whether you require specialist support moving multiple insurances and students from your current provider, or just some simple reassurances about how we operate or the services we provide, the BMABA won’t promise to be the best fit for you and your club without being tested – instead we’ll let you get to know us and our ethics better, and then make your own informed decision.

No pressure, no hassle, no politics. Just a simple, informed answer from somebody who can offer you all the insight you need. Contact us through your preferred channel of communication and we will be happy to help.

Let’s Start A Dialogue.

There is absolutely no obligation to commit to anything, and there is no pressure from us to switch organisations. We’ll talk you through your options, help you make the right decision for your club and, if you’d like to join us, we’ll help you make the move.

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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.


01798 306546

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.