Martial Arts Student Insurance

The UK’s Leading Provider Of Affordable Student Insurances Combined With Licencing & Membership

Martial Arts Student Insurance,
Licensing & Membership

Flexible, affordable and comprehensive student memberships from a leading association.

We are arguably one of the industry leaders for martial arts student insurance. We provide affordable, reliable and comprehensive martial arts student insurance & membership to tens of thousands of martial artists from as little as £0.49 per student annually. 

You can protect your students with martial arts student public liability insurance (also commonly referred to as member to member, but not always correctly so!) covering more than 150 different styles, sparring and weapons. Cover also includes our inclusive licensing meaning students grades and awards are recognised by a leading Association on a nationally basis.

We’re a tech-driven association, so no more paper forms and post! Register students online or via the app for immediate cover, with licence slips and certification available within 30 second of payment. What’s more our Lifetime Student Grade Register (LSGR) ensures that grades issued are recognised nationally on a publicly searchable register at no extra cost.

We’re proud to offer comprehensive martial arts student insurance and martial arts student membership for all of our members. There’s no minimum student amount required and you don’t have to register students with us at all if you don’t wish to – it’s your club, and your choice.

As one of the UK’s leading martial arts student insurance providers, you be assured that;
  • Big Or Small, We Can Help

    For smaller clubs you can benefit from a straight forward, affordable, modern way of licencing students. Register students on a pay as you go basis, with no minimum quantities required. Our online system provides immediate registration and access to documents, so you can offer a robust and affordable option to your members to support your growing club.

    For larger clubs you can access incredible savings, with annual cover available from as little as £0.49 per student slot. You can also enjoy the ability to recycle cover when students leave, creating a ‘blanket cover’ for your club to help keep admin to a minimum, without needing to reconcile names with us. Register students online, or via our customer services team (as you prefer) for a fast, effective and affordable service.

Just A Few Key BMABA Student Insurance Features;
  • Named Students Or Open Allocations

    Whether you prefer the traditional permanent record on a named student basis or an open allocation option which allows you to self-manage and recycle cover at club level, our modern approach to licencing can help.

  • Inclusive Of Insurance, Licensing & Membership

    All of our ‘student registrations’ are fully inclusive on insurance, licensing and membership. This means everything you need – from public liability or personal accident through to association membership, participation licenses or other association benefits – it’s all bundled into one price and one record.

  • Flexible Public Liability

    It’s your club and your students, so you’re free to select either One, Two or Five Million Public Liability (member to member) insurance as you require.

  • Optional Personal Accident (PA)

    We’re able to offer very affordable student personal accident (PA) to offer you and your students additional protection in the event of a ‘no-fault’ incident. This can include benefit amounts for treatment like physiotherapy and dental expenses, as well as loss of income and benefits for broken bones etc. See the ‘FAQs’ to see the full inclusions and cover.

  • Grade Recognition & Award Recognition

    From the issuance of grades (be it Kyu, Dan, Sash or Levels) to in-club tournaments and awards, student licensing ensures the documentation you issue in-house is recognised throughout the United Kingdom. Add credibility and value to your martial arts school’s operation.

  • Instant Cover & In-Depth Records

    We’re a professional, multi-award winning supporting body and as such we offer you a number of key, distinctive benefits. You can activate cover instantly using our bespoke online website and app. What’s more, you’ll also have full access to comprehensive student records in real-time via our bespoke CRM.

  • Free Student Liaison & Engagement Services

    We know student retention isn’t the easiest task in the world. That’s why we provide free student engagement and retention services, as well as a dedicated student liaison officer, at no extra charge. This is served via our purpose built online student portal, to help you add credibility and value to your student registrations.

We won’t be beaten on price or features.

With pricing reducing as low as £0.49 per slot, per year for bulk registrations, we’ll aim to beat any like for like price you find elsewhere.

What’s more, it’s so much more than just the student cover. Set aside the immediate online registration from the app or website (no more forms, PDFs or posting cheques!) – inclusive in the student fee is access to our ever-growing student community packed full of content, resources and tools to help with your student retention. On hand to help is our student liaison and safeguarding officers, too.

We’ll help you offer students a vastly superior club membership option inclusive of nationally recognised grades, access to exclusive student content and services, recognised insurances and licencing and more at prices not available elsewhere in the market.

What Is Student Insurance?

Student insurance (often referred to as ‘member to member’, ‘student indemnity’, ‘student licenses’ or other variations thereof) is a type of cover designed to afford protection to students in the event of an incident or injury within your club. Specifically when looking at student public liability (which is the type of cover provided with standard ‘student insurance) it provides compensation to a third party if a student is found liable for damage to property or injury to a person, in line with the policy.

BMABA Student insurance goes beyond just insurance. When we refer to student insurance, we’re referring to a combined student insurance, licensing and membership package which brings together all aspects of student management into a single registration. We do this to ensure there’s nothing left off. Alot of other associations might not do this, so bear this in mind!

BMABA Student insurance also includes licensing and membership as standard, so there’s nothing else to arrange. Not all associations do this.

BMABA Martial Arts Student insurance is designed to provide you with a range of insurances to protect you and your students in the dojo. It also includes BMABA student membership with the association, to help us offer additional features like international grade recognition and more. Student Licensing is bundled in too, which means student licenses are included.

There are effectively two main types of cover for students; Public Liability and Personal Accident. Most of the time when you hear the generic (and slightly incorrect term) ‘Member to Member’ this refers to Public Liability (PL) which is designed to cover for injury to other participants or damage to property.

Personal Accident (PA) provides additional benefits – such as physiotherapy expenses, dental costs or loss of income payments if a student is injured during your class. Student Insurances can be a huge source of income for your club and, more importantly, it can provide essential protection to your members in the event of injury.

Find out more about BMABA student insurance, membership and licensing. See what’s included, how it works and how it can help your club.

Student Cover Is For Members Only

Sign Up For Free To Access Our Leading Student Cover as well as dozens of other membership features and tools. We welcome instructors from all styles and backgrounds.

Why BMABA Student Insurance?

What We Offer

As a multi-award winning martial arts association we’re big on promoting best practice and giving our clubs the tools needed to grow safely. A huge part of this and one of the biggest requirements from our industry is student insurance.

For this reason, we offer the following as standard for all students registered with us;

Student Insurance (Public Liability - PL)

By default all of our student memberships are inclusive of £1,000,000 Student Public Liability insurance designed to provide protection in the event of a student injuring another participant or causing damage to your venue. Cover is also available in £2,000,000 and £5,000,000 increments as required.

Student Association Membership

Also included is BMABA Student Membership. This provides students with tools and services designed to help them stay at your club. This includes student engagement and retention services, as well as a dedicated student liaison officer, at no extra charge. Students can also access a purpose built online student portal,  forums, communities, vlogs, podcasts and blogs to help you add credibility and value.

Student Licensing

From the issuance of grades (be it Kyu, Dan, Sash or Levels) to in-club tournaments and awards, student licensing ensures the documentation you issue in-house is recognised throughout the United Kingdom. Student licensing also provides the participant with a governing-body mandate to participate within martial arts at your club.

Optionally, we can also include;

Personal Accident Insurance (PA)

In addition to their core protection from damages when pursued by another student or venue, we can also provide your students with Personal Accident (PA) cover. This provides assistance when a student is injured, without the need to pursue a claim against somebody else. PA can include cover for things like dental expenses, broken bones, loss of income, physiotherapy and more. Please check the benefit amounts from the FAQs section to learn more.

We Provide 3 Different Ways Of Registering Students

We provide access to three completely different ways of registering your students. It’s entirely up to you and your club to decide which one provides the right flexibility, price-point and features. You can mix-and-match with more than one type of registration too.

Named Registrations

All students receive PDF certification (membership certificate and a licence slip) to confirm their licence number and national registration. Grades are ratified in real-time via our national records database and can be submitted by clubs through our instructor portal. Students also have access to our student portal, liaison officers and enhanced safeguarding assistance, among other things.

The draw back is once a student is committed to a ‘slot’ it is locked in for the year. This option is usually preferred by smaller and medium sized clubs looking to add value and demonstrate national recognition for their student’s progress. Printed documentation and/or licence books are also available.

Open Allocation

On this option, you won’t receive any documentation or extras for the student other than the core licencing and insurance. You can allocate students anytime 24/7 to open slots and – the major bonus of open allocation – you can keep recycling allocations to new students should one leave, meaning you don’t end up with lots of churn on your books.

The draw back is the lack of certification and account extras but we do provide template documents for you to use. This option is usually preferred by larger clubs who have in-house branding set up.


With self-billing, students take care of registering themselves through our purpose built student portal. Clubs register for the scheme for free and then their students take care of their own payments and details directly with the association. Students benefit from enhanced membership packs featuring merchandise, documents and extras as well as the core membership and insurance.

Clubs benefit from zero-admin and payments as well as accruing credits for each student registered which can be used to take off insurance and membership costs within their instructor accounts, effectively paying for club’s instructor insurances and memberships.

The Different Types Of Student Cover & Memberships Explained

BMABA Student Registrations Enjoy;

Free 28 Day Cover

To help you win more business, we allow you to instigate free 28 day cover for your students at club level. This means those interesting in trying out your club for the first time can benefit from our comprehensive cover before having to commit. You can also register temporary students online, via any device, as and when they turn up on the night!

Full Control & Analytics

You’ll be able to track all new and renewing students via our bespoke instructor portal. This allows you to drill down and see medical records, dates, grades, styles and so much more. You can also see all current and past students in grid form with easy exporting to excel for graphical analytics.

Instant Online Registrations

We know how it goes – you plan for your lessons and at the last moment, somebody realises they need a license. All of our systems allow instant online registrations, 24/7. This means you can instantly register or renew students from any device at any time, without awaiting an admin turnaround for confirmation of cover.

Custom White-Labelling

If you have a big club and want to make it all about your brand, we offer full white-labelling. From custom license slips to full ‘third party registration service agreements’ that make you the named organisation, we can help you set up student registrations in a way that will help your club grow.

Digital & Printed Documentation

We’re proud to firmly work with the latest technology. By default with all named memberships you can recieve all student documentation in PDF format to send on to students online, or to print yourself. We can also provide all the extras – including printed documents, license books, gi patches and more.

Help Integrating Or Migrating

Whether you’re setting up student insurances for the first time and need to explain it to your students, or you’re moving across from another provider – we have the tools and expertise to make it as smooth as possible. We can also offer free or pro-rata registrations for those already on risk elsewhere, to help you tie in dates.

Register Students From Any Device, 24/7, With Instant Insurance Confirmation

Our industry-disrupting software allows you to register your students with you anywhere, anytime and on any device. You’ll receive instant confirmation of insurance and licensing status, so you can rest assured they’re ‘on our books’ and properly licensed before they step onto the mats. You can also view and allocate open allocation placements 24/7 via our instructor portal.

Access Registrations & Documents Immediately, 24/7

Both our named registrations and open allocation student insurances are fully automated, meaning you’ll have access to named student documentation and you’ll see them in your instructor portal within seconds of placing your order. Take a look at a brief run through to see for yourself just how straight forward it is.

Easy To Use Portal

Our specialist and bespoke instructor portal creates an individual record for each student of yours. Securely see and track everything from grade through to medical conditions –  registrations dates to membership term. This is in addition to the sortable, dynamic list of all registered students which you can use to ‘at a glance’ find soon to renew students, or everyone of a set grade etc.

Beautiful Certification To Help You Stand Out And Add Value

We don’t just provide access to the arbitrary ‘typewriter’ written licence slip. BMABA Student licensing features our stunning, industry renowned membership certificates, books and licence slips to help you add value to club registrations and renewals.

By default, we always offer digital (PDF) certification so you can access, share and print documents yourself, 24/7 whenever you select named memberships.


We also offer printed documents, club ID cards, licence books and more to help you deliver more for your club fees. It’s optional, but available should you need it.

Completely Free 28 Day Temporary Insurance, On The Move

Our exclusive MyBMABA clubs app allows instructors to register a student for 28 days of free student cover, 24/7, whilst on the move. Not only can you activate a temporary student licence, but you can also have our system send an immediate confirmation email and certificate to confirm this cover. You can register as many free temporary students as you wish – it’s unlimited.

Access Student Documents On The Go Via Our Instructor App

You can access all of your named student documents 24/7 via the secure document vault, in the MyBMABA App. You can also use the app to explore your wider membership, access the community and undertake a number of ‘on the night’ tasks – such as downloading risk assessments, viewing policy documents and so much more.

Student Insurance Is Only Available To BMABA Members

Sign Up For Free To Access Our Leading Student Cover as well as dozens of other membership features and tools. We welcome instructors from all styles and backgrounds.

Grow Your Club

With BMABA Student Insurance.
BMABA Student insurance, which is a combination of insurance, membership and licensing can help you add value and grow your membership base.

By showing you’re engaged with a professional trade body – and by extension your students are too – you’ll be adding credibility and recognition to grades, training and awards issued by you and your club.

Not only does the student insurance package provide the essential insurances and memberships your students can really benefit from, but it’s also an excellent annual opportunity for your club to boost it’s revenue.

Take a look at our 3 Ways You Can Introduce Student Cover And Boost Your Club’s Income to find out more about how our student package can help you grow your club.



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Costs & Pricing

Explore the unit costing of each of our student membership options.

We won’t be beaten on our student pricing. If you think you’ve found a better deal elsewhere, please jump onto web chat and we’ll do our best to match it for you.

Pricing For NAMED Memberships
Pricing For NAMED Memberships

Named Membership Costings

Our costing is designed to be transparent, easy to follow and even more importantly – safe to build your club around. All of our cost in priced on the basis of per student, per year.

Every student insurance & membership purchase includes;

  • £1, £2 or £5 Million Student Public Liability Insurance
  • Full Student Licensing
  • BMABA Student Membership
  • Grade & Award Recognition
  • Access To Grading Support
  • Student Analytics Reporting
  • Student Database Admin
  • Student Liaison & Support Officers
  • Online Instant Student Registrations
  • Access To Student Resources
  • Help Gaining & Registering Students
  • Access To Our Student Community
  • Optional Personal Accident Insurance
  • Plus More

Our price plans exist to offer clubs of different sizes the opportunity to decide on the additional added extras they feel help them achieve their goals.

Which one you choose (if any at all) are entirely up to you. Because of our amazing online student registration system you’re free to pick & choose which option you want for every student. This allows you to create tiers of pricing in your own club or to offer your students the individual choice of a more expensive & fully-featured membership against a more affordable yet basic membership.

Best of all, as the instructor you can be sure the key essentials – such as grade recognition, insurance, licensing & membership, are all covered.

Ready to register students?

Discounted Bulk Student Pricing

You’ll receive the best possible discounts by registering students in bulk.

Quantity Unit Cost Saving Against RRP
0 – 10 £3.70 5.00%
11 – 20 £2.91 25.00%
21 – 50 £2.49 36.00%
51 – 100 £2.02 48.00%
101 – 200 £1.68 56.00%
201 – 350 £1.01 73.50%
351 – 500 £0.98 74.60%
501 – 1000 £0.74 81.00%
1000+ £0.54 86.00%

Per Student, Per Year Costing 

For Clubs Who Prefer Pay As You Go Registrations With No Initial Bulk Registrations & No Minimum Students Per Year

DIGITAL - £3.90 Per Student, Per Year

All of the listed benefits (to the left) plus digital certification. You’ll receive a membership certificate (A4), license slip (for standard UK license books) and any additional certification or membership documents in PDF format, ready for download 24/7.

PRINTED - £8.60 Per Student, Per Year

As per the above, plus the addition of beautifully printed & delivered BMABA Student documentation, all foiled and stamped for authenticity. License slips will also be printed and sent at the correct size for UK licenses to ensure a premium service that adds value to your club membership.

A variety of licence books – both hard-backed and soft-cover can be purchased at any point from our shop from as little as £0.89 per book.

Pricing For OPEN ALLOCATION Registrations
Pricing For OPEN ALLOCATION Registrations

Open Allocation Costings

We make all of our open allocation pricing straight forward and affordable with a view to ensuring it can be relied upon as a long-term solution for clubs and instructors. All costing is based on per allocation, per year and you’re free to recycle allocations to new students whenever you wish throughout the year.

Every student insurance & membership purchase includes;

  • £1, £2 or £5 Million Student Public Liability Insurance
  • Student Licensing
  • BMABA Student Membership
  • Student Analytics Reporting
  • Student Database Admin
  • Student Liaison & Support Officers
  • Online Instant Student Registrations
  • Access To Student Resources
  • Help Gaining & Registering Students
  • Access To Our Student Community
  • Allocate & Manage Cover 24/7 Via Our Portal
  • Recycle Allocations Freely Throughout The Year
  • Optional Personal Accident Insurance
  • Plus More

Pricing for open allocation cover is easy and affordable with no need to worry about differing membership levels or inclusions, as it’s just the insurance placement which you can manage via our instructor portal.

Ready to register students?

Discounted Bulk Student Pricing

You’ll receive the best possible discounts by registering students in bulk.

Quantity Unit Cost Saving Against RRP
0 – 10 £2.40 18.00%
11 – 20 £2.20 24.00%
21 – 50 £1.90 34.00%
51 – 100 £1.74 40.00%
101 – 200 £1.21 58.00%
201 – 350 £0.91 68.00%
351 – 500 £0.79 72.00%
501 – 1000 £0.65 77.00%
1000+ £0.49 83.00%

Per Allocation, Per Year Costing 

Inclusive of insurance and membership per allocation which can be re-assigned an unlimited number of times throughout the year.

OPEN ALLOCATION - £2.90 Per Student, Per Year

All of the listed benefits (to the left) with no certification as allocations are interchangeable and managed by you at club level. Template membership certificates, full use of our analytics & management platform along with full support are fully inclusive.

Pricing For SELF-BILLING Registrations
Pricing For SELF-BILLING Registrations

Self Billing

Self Billing presents an easy to manage way of allowing students to take care of their own registrations and payments, whilst providing ‘cash-back’ to clubs to put toward insurance and membership costs.

Pricing is typically placed at £14.99 per student, per year which is paid directly by the student. For each student registered, your club receives a £3 credit which can be used against any other purchases (insurance, kit, membership and so on).

Every student insurance & membership purchase includes;

  • £1, £2 or £5 Million Student Public Liability Insurance
  • Student Licensing
  • BMABA Student Membership
  • Student Analytics Reporting For You
  • Student Database Admin For You
  • Student Liaison & Support Officers
  • Online Instant Student Registrations For Your Students
  • Access To Student Resources
  • Help Gaining & Registering Students
  • Access To Our Student Community
  • Students Manage Their Own Registrations & Payment
  • All Documentation Is Made Available To You Online
  • Printed Copies Are Sent Directly To Students
  • Optional Personal Accident Insurance
  • Plus More

Students will receive printed certification, a soft cover licence book, licence slip and merchandise as standard. You will receive the PDF certification relating to the registration.

Personal Accident Insurance

Many instructors in our industry get confused about student public liability and personal accident.

We’re pleased to be able to offer competitive student personal accident insurance to help you and your students feel more suitably covered, should you need it. It’s an optional extra so you don’t need to take it, but it’s there to help you and your students should you feel it’s worth adding.

COST: £4 Per Student (In addition to regular student cost)

What’s Covered?

Operative Time: Whilst taking part in BMABA authorised activities only.


Death: £ 25,000  (reduced to £10,000 for under 16’s)

Loss of Limbs or Eyes: £ 25,000 (Continental Scale as defined in the policy)

Permanent Total Disablement from any occupation following accident:
£25,000 (Continental Scale as defined in the policy)

Physiotherapy Expenses: – Maximum benefit per Member £350
Maximum of 10 sessions per Member

Dental Expenses – Maximum benefit per Member £250. Excess each & every claim £25. Excluding damage to dentures; bridges; crowns & all
other dental appliances.

Temporary Total Disablement from usual occupation following
accident only: £100 per week. 14 Day Excess each & every claim. Benefit payable for up to 52 weeks. Benefit limited to £50 per week for persons not in gainful Employment.

Broken Bones Benefit: Arm; Leg; Cheekbone; & Collar Bone – £100.
Maximum Benefit per Member £300. No cover if a valid claim is made under the Temporary Total Disablement section. A broken wrist would be included if the break occurs at the base of the Radius or Ulna. A broken ankle would be covered if the break occurs in the base of the fibula or Tibia. If any of the smaller surrounding bones were fractured this would not be classed as a broken arm/leg.


Temporary Total Disablement benefit must not exceed 75% of normal weekly income. Excluding any injuries or disablement arising from any pre-existing defect, infirmity or sickness. Insurer: Travellers @ Lloyd’s via Pulse Insurance Ltd.

Student Insurance Is Only Available To BMABA Members

Sign Up For Free To Access Our Leading Student Cover as well as dozens of other membership features and tools. We welcome instructors from all styles and backgrounds.


Aiki JuJitsu
Aiuchi Ju Jitsu
Aiwakai Karate Do
Ashihara Karate
American Kempo
Ba Ji Quan and Tai Chi
Bataireacht (Irish Stick Fighting)
BMABA Approved Disciplines & Styles
Bokh (Mongolian Wrestling)
Brazilian Ju Jitsu (BJJ)
British Combat Judo
British Folkstyle Wrestling
Bujinkan Budo
Bujinkan Budo Tai Jutsu
Bushi Kempo
Canne de Combat
Catch Wrestling
Ch`uan Fa
Ch`uan Shu
Cheibi Gad-Ga
Chi Gong
Chinese Kickboxing
Choy Li Fut
Choi Kwang Do
Close Protection Training
Close Quarter Combat (CQB)
Combat Hapkido
Combat Hopak
Combat Sambo
Conflict Management
Cuong Nhu
Dacayana Eskrima
Daido Juku Kudo
Daito-ryu Aiki Jujitsu
Danzan Ryu
Drunken Fist (Zui Quan)
Eagle Claw Kung Fu
Enshin Kaikan
Feng Shou
Filipino Martial Arts
Fitness Orientated Kickboxing
Folkstyle Wrestling
Freestyle Jujitsu
Freestyle Karate
Freestyle Karate Jutsu
Freestyle Kung Fu
Freestyle Kickboxing
Freestyle Taekwondo
Fu Jow Pai
Goju Kai Karate Do
Goju Ryu Karate
Gongkwon Yusul
Goshin Jutsu
Goshin Ryu Kempo Jujitsu
Haidong Gumdo
Han Mu Do
Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)
Historical Fencing
Hung Ga
Huyen Langlon
Hwa Rang Do
Iinkai Judo
Isshin-Ryu Karate
Jado Kuin Do
Japanese Shotokan Karate
Jeet Kune Do
Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido
Jun Fan Gung Fu
Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do
Kaiai Jitsu
Kali Silat
Karate Jutsu
Kaze Arashi Ryu
Kempo Jujitsu
Kempo Ryu
Ken Fat
Kenshin Karate
Ki Aikido
Kick Boxing
Ko Budo
Korean Kickboxing
Koryu Uchinadi
Krav Maga
Kuk Sool Won
Kung Fu
Kung Fu To’a
Kyokushinkai Karate
Lathi Khela
Lau Gar
Lau Gar Kickboxing
Lau Gar Kung Fu
Lee Style Tai Chi
Leopard Kung Fu (Bao Quan)
Malla Yuddha
Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP)
Martial Arts Based Fitness
Martial Arts Wrestling
Military Martial Arts
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
Monkey Kung Fu (Hou Quan)
Muay Boran
Muay Thai
Nearu Martial Art
Nihon Goshin Ju Jitsu
Ninpo Taijutsu
Niten Ichi-Ryu
North West Chinese Kickboxing
Pa Kua
Pa Qua
Personal Protection
Physical Intervention
Pradal Serey
Qi Kwan Do
Qwan Ki Do
Quan Fa
Reality Based Martial Arts
Russian Martial Arts
Sanjuro Martial Arts
Sankukai Karate
Seiki Juku Karate
Self Defence
Self Protection
Shaolin Kempo Karate
Shaolin Kung Fu
Shaolin-Tsu Kempo
Shito-Ryu Karate
Shindo Jinen Ryu
Shorinji Kempo
Shorin-Ryu Karate
Shotokan Goju Ryu
Shotokan Karate
Shuai Chiao
Shuai Jiao
Shukokai Karate
Soo Bahk Do
Sport Boxing (Martial Arts Based)
Sport Karate
Sport Sambo
Submission Wrestling
Tai Chi
Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Jutsu
Tang Soo Do
Thai Boxing
Tiger Claw Kung Fu (Fu Jow Pai)
Tora Kai
Traditional Aikido
Traditional Italian Martial Arts
Traditional Karate
Traditional Wado Ryu
Unarmed Combat
Viet Vo Dao
Wado Ryu Karate
Wing Chun
Wing Chun Kung Fu
Wing Tsun
World Tang Soo Do
Yoseikan Budo
Zen Shin Karate

Our association has the full authority to add additional styles as required. Provided it’s legitimate, we should be able to insure it. If you can’t find your discipline above, contact us and we’ll try and help. 


3 Section Staff
6″ Staff
Bamboo Sword
Blunted Metal Sabre
Bo Staff
Bow & Arrow**
Broadsword (Blunted)
Broadsword (Wooden)
Butterfly Knives (No Live Blades)
Chain Whip
Clubs (Wooden)
Cosh (Blunted Blade Only)
Dagger (Blunted Blade Only)
Dan Bong (Short Sticks)
Dummy Weapons
Escrima Sticks
Foam Batons
Foam Weapons
Focus Mitts
Guns (Plastic)
Habo Staffs
Iaito (Practice Only)
Jo Staff
Kali Sticks
Kama (Blunted Blade Only)
Katana (Blunted Blade Only)
Kendo Shinai
Kenpo Sticks
Knives (Blunted Metal)
Knives (Plastic)
Knives (Rubber)
Knives (Wooden)
Kunai (Blunted Blade Only)
Leather Whip
Naginta (Blunted Blade)
Padded Sticks
Padded Weapons
Plastic Bottle
Plastic Weapons (No Live Blades)
Practice Sword (No Live Blades)
Rice Flail
Rokushaku Bo (Japanese Staff)
Rubber Sticks
Rubber Weapons
Safety Weapons
Shaolin Staff
Shinai (Blunted Blade Only)
Shuko (Demonstration Only)
Swords (Blunted Metal)
Swords (Plastic)
Swords (Rubber)
Swords (Wooden)
Tai Chi Sword (Blunted Blade Only)
Tiger Fork
Togakure Bokken
Training Knife (No Live Blades)
Training Swords (No Live Blades)
Training Weapons (No Live Blades)
Wing Chun Pole
Wooden Shou
Wooden Weapons (No Live Blades)
Recently Added

Yari (Japanese Spear)
Open Chakkar

Just a couple of testimonials…

“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
Ali Hasanzade

“Someone has answered my gentle prayers and FINALLY designed an organisation that will leave you stress-free in the world of MARTIAL ARTS 🙂

I am so excited to leave my recommendation because words cannot describe how much BMABA means to me and how it has changed everything in my organisation for the better. They are literally representing what we are about here at British MMA in West London, Brentford. We go by ‘Traditional Values with a Modern Approach’. They are so much more and you can take it from me – you’ll never find any other organisation or company doing GREATER things than this team BMABA. For all those who are still traditional and thinking old ways of not changing things around in case there are some concerns. Give me a call from our website or facebook page and I will personally give you a recommendation in why you should change and revamp everything in your club or as an instructor with the BRITISH MARTIAL ARTS & BOXING ASSOCIATION.

Ali Hasanzade
British MMA

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Access Student Insurance Combined With Dozens Of Extras

BMABA Membership combines dozens of resources, tools and licensing provisions into a single place. From leading governance and guidance, through to free instructor qualifications and business tools – discounted DBS checks, safeguarding qualifications and first aid to affordable printing, free websites and more. It’s all included in one place.

You can join us completely free of charge to access student insurance and other key essentials, too.

Questions & Answers (FAQs)

Is there a minimum student registration number per year?

No, there isn’t. You can register as many or as few students as you wish. You’ll still just pay the quoted ‘per student, per year’ price.

Who underwriters the policy?

Our specialist group cover policy is underwritten by a ‘syndicate’ of different insurers, as the policy provides access to a number of different types of insurance. We (the association) are the policy holder and you are assigned to the policy with membership. Our primary insurer is XL Catlin underwritten by AXA.

If there’s anything else you’d like to see or feel is needed to make an informed decision about the policy’s suitability, please contact us.

How does bulk pricing work?

For larger clubs – with more than 10 students per year – you can request a bespoke price. The more students you register the cheaper the unit cost becomes. This leads to huge reductions – such as clubs reducing their per student, per year cost from £3.90 per student to just £0.89 per student. We can quote based on a set bulk number and accept an initial registration on a lesser amount if you’re ‘not quite there’ and we can help with monthly payments if your annual fees are in-excess of £200.

You can request a bespoke price without obligation from here.

What about students trying my club? Do they need to register?

We offer completely free 28 day temporary cover to all premium members, so you can register students for free whilst they try out your club. This will be our standard full student Public Liability combined with membership at £1,000,000 Public Liability.

Can I see the policy wording and conditions?

Absolutely. We’re very open about the policy you’re assuming cover under, for obvious reasons. You can view the policy wording below. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.

Combined Liability Policy Wording

Combined Corporate Policy Wording

Personal Accident Benefit Amounts

Is there an age limit on students?

Technically no, but we impose a 4 year old through to 75 year old default range as standard. If you need cover outside of this, please speak with us first.

Join Our Association For Free

Access Student Insurance Combined With Dozens Of Extras

BMABA Membership combines dozens of resources, tools and licensing provisions into a single place. From leading governance and guidance, through to free instructor qualifications and business tools – discounted DBS checks, safeguarding qualifications and first aid to affordable printing, free websites and more. It’s all included in one place.

You can join us completely free of charge to access student insurance and other key essentials, too.

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 2.30pm Monday to Thursday. 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.