News & Blog

Victor Marke & Zara Phythian – Martial Arts Safeguarding Incident – Official Statement

Like everybody within the martial arts world, we’re shocked and appalled by today’s conviction of Victor Marke & Zara Phythian. The details emerging in national media are sickening by any measurement, but for a martial arts instructor to be the culprit is beyond reprehensible. For th...

We’re Stepping Up To Help Our Clubs Through The Cost of Living Crisis

The past two years of COVID restrictions have made ‘martial arts as usual’ almost impossible for almost all clubs and instructors from just about every style. The turn of 2022 promised optimism and greener pastures, until the appalling events in Ukraine coupled with a variety of economic...

Major Update to BMABA’s Group Cover Insurances

At BMABA, we’ve taken the need to provide robust and affordable insurances seriously since our first Group Cover policy launched in 2014. Since then, we’ve become renowned within the industry as experts in interpreting insurance for martial arts (with thanks to our resident CEO, who &#82...

Our Case For Vocational Gradings As A Last Resort For Clubs

We recently posted on Facebook about the unveiling of our Vocational Grading Scheme, something we’ve been working on for the past half a decade on a case by case basis. In 2022, we decided it was time to make it more readily available to those in need. Our first attempt at sharing this news wi...

Paternity & Maternity Cover Included As Standard For All Memberships & Insurances

We announced an industry first back in August of 2021 when we introduced Maternity cover to all of our insurances and memberships. The feedback and uptake has been fantastic and following consultation with our community we would like to now take that one step further. Effective from January 10th 202...

Huge Revamp Of Our Membership Features Underway

We’ve always been proud to think outside the box about how a martial arts association can support it’s clubs and instructors. Since 2012 we’ve been introducing industry-firsts – such as editable online student certificates, free club websites and so on. As 2022 marks our 10 y...

Omicron & COVID Contingency Planning For Martial Arts In January 2022

As the situation surrounding Omicron intensifies throughout the United Kingdom, we’re asking clubs to begin seriously focusing on contingency plans to cover a number of outcomes for January 2022. We know – that feeling in the bit of the stomach again. We felt it constantly throughout 202...

Omicron Variant & Planning For Winter

We know that for many clubs across the UK the media’s announcement of a new Coronavirus variant named Omicron will be of immense concern. We’re here to support you throughout the coming months, whatever this variant may mean for martial arts. At this stage we don’t yet know if...

New BMABA First Aid Qualifications Unveiled

As we rapidly approach 2022, we’re revamping our collection of in-person and online training offerings. Having only just announced brand new standard and lead safeguarding qualifications, we’re pleased to now confirm that a new BMABA Martial Arts First Aid Essentials award is available, ...

Shop St. Introduced As New, Free Membership Benefit

Anyone who has ever dealt with BMABA before will know we’re big on packing a punch when it comes to membership. That’s why we already provide over 120 membership features as standard for our paying members and this is set to increase further into 2021. In the build-up to Black Friday and...