We’re an independent, politics free, multi-style martial arts governing body committed to protecting and developing the UK martial arts industry.

We help our instructor’s clubs grow by offering renowned membership, insurances and licensing that provides clubs with everything they’ll need under just one roof.

Since 2012 our association has been representing an ever-growing number of UK martial arts clubs and instructors. We provide insurance, licensing and resources to clubs of all sizes in a completely politics and ego free environment.

All of our members are free to continue running their club without interference, with leading BMABA governance behind them to help their business grow.

We’re an independent multi-style association that regulates standards of professionalism in our industry, promotes grass-roots participation and helps instructors and senseis run safe, effective and successful martial arts clubs.

  • Let’s You Run Your Club Your Way, Without Interference
  • Can Support You With Guidance & Governance On Legal Requirements And Professional Standards
  • Provides Access To Instructor, Student, Club & Event Insurance At Highly Competitive Prices
  • Provides You With Dozens Of Resources & Tools To Help You Grow
  • Can Support You With Marketing, Web Design, SEO & Business Matters
  • Provides Access To Professional Services Like First Aid Training, DBS Checks, Safeguarding Qualifications & More
  • Plus Much More

See What Our Membership Includes

From certification and licensing through to club websites and business support. See what makes BMABA membership special.
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See Why We're Different

We take pride in being different in ethos, culture and operation to almost every other martial arts NGB. See why.
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Proud To Be Not For Profit

We’re immensely proud to be a not for profit social enterprise. This means we’re bound to ensure our fees go back into supporting and promoting martial arts in line with our Group’s vision. We’ve also been transparent about where money goes, who earns what and the financial state of our organisation since day one, way back in 2012.

In return for your membership fee, you don’t just enjoy the advertised membership features and resources (like a free club website, any insurances opted for, marketing advice, stock grading certificates etc). You’ll also be helping us make a real difference to the governance of martial arts, the promotion of grass roots participation and a number of key charitable programs that use martial arts to change lives and inspire generations.

Membership That Packs A Punch

We don’t believe in charging a fortune for just a signed piece of paper. Alongside our beautiful certification & licensing our membership is jam-packed full of extras that simply aren’t available from any other martial arts association.

Get all the extras like blank documents & forms, downloadable grading certificates, a free club website, business support & guidance, premium club listings, online e-courses, safeguarding guidance, discounted clothing and equipment, networking, marketing support and more all included at no extra charge.

No Politics, No Squabbling & No Who’s-Who

We know how many good organisations have been ruined by this in the past – that’s why we’re led by our members and a member’s elected association committee (made up of fellow members). Our director is answerable to our committee and visa-versa, ensuring a continued balance of power and absolutely no politics.

We’re dedicated to our members and we’re martial artists too. Squabbling, petty arguing or un-necessary red tape annoys us just as much as it annoys you!

Just a hand-full of our membership features & benefits we can offer you & your martial arts club

Everything You Need In One Place

Gone are the days of licensing from one place, business support from another & hosting from another etc. Access everything you need in one place with a single login.

Connect & Network

Connect, network and make contacts through our ever growing membership base through an intuitive & easy to use online member’s community.

Business & Marketing Support

We’re pleased to be the first major martial arts association offering dedicated business, club management and marketing support as standard with our memberships.

A Strong Community

Regardless of age, style, location or grade – our member’s community is a single, united forum of like minded professionals and clubs from across the UK.

Industry Leading Certification

The certification we issue, alongside our leading verification & authentication services makes our licensing some of the most widely recognised available anywhere in the UK.

A Leading, Professional Organisation

Our Association is arguably one of the most widely recognised in the United Kingdom for professional standards and grass roots engagement.

What Makes Us Different?

See why we’re proud to be recognised as different to so many other multi-style martial arts governing bodies.

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.

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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.