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Outdoor Martial Arts Classes Of 5 Students Now Confirmed

We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Government guidance looks to have changed, now permitting outdoor martial arts sessions of up to 6 people in total (1 instructor and 5 students). This now opens the door to a pathway that could allow clubs to retain students and even begin building new members.

This is clearly fantastic news but must be treated with caution. The DCMS guidance hasn’t yet reflected the new guidance, but both the Sport & Recreation Alliance and other credible media sources, such as BBC News, have confirmed this.

The government also announced that people in England will be able to exercise outside with up to five others from different households from Monday, provided that social distancing guidelines are followed.

This means people who play team sports can meet to train together and do things like conditioning or fitness sessions, although physical contact is not allowed.

It will also allow parents to accompany their children to coaching sessions carried out on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. The updated public guidance will be published on Monday.

BBC Sport

The government has announced that from Monday 1 June, groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England, including in gardens and other private outdoor spaces. Restrictions around group exercise will also be relaxed to allow for up to six people to meet outdoors for non-contact sport, fitness and training sessions. However, those from different households must continue to keep 2 metres apart.
Sport & Recreation Alliance


This guidance only applies to England at the moment, but we are closely monitoring Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for updates for our regional members. At the moment, this is not forthcoming.

We will be announcing a new national exit-strategy next week to outline how clubs can start to grapple with the commercial principles of rebuilding their classes. In the interim, BMABA clubs should login to MyBMABA to access the latest guidance and our breakdown of what can and can’t be permitted under the new revised training. This includes;

  • What does this new guidance mean for me and my students?
  • Important considerations before commencing classes.
  • What are the BMABA basing this update to guidance on?
  • Final considerations and round up

Update, 01/06/2020
We’re pleased to see the updated guidance from DCMS confirming the above anticipated position. We would recommending view this guidance here for yourself, to be clear on the official guidance.

What else are we doing to help?

We’ve done everything possible to help the UK martial arts industry pull through this pandemic. Everything from an entire online delivery centre through to all of the insurance extensions needed to allow online and in-person (outdoor) training has been set up and provided by the BMABA without charge. You can learn more about our Coronavirus action plan here.

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