Having a proficient level of first aid training isn’t just common sense – it’s essential. You’re working with adults and children in a very physical environment, often combining fast-paced physical contact too. Knowing what to do should the worse happen is about more than just your duty of care – it’s a moral obligation to protect your members.

We require all of our instructors to hold a sufficient level of first aid training in order to obtain an instructor’s license and can provide you with a discounted option for obtaining martial arts based first aid training.

What is Martial Arts First Aid & Who Needs It?

First Aid Training is designed to equip you with the knowledge required to respond to an emergency medical situation within your club.

From managing what are often minor issues – such as bruising to hands and feet – through to knowing how to preserve life should somebody in your class suffer a cardiac arrest; it’s critical knowledge every instructor must know.

We firmly believe (and enforce) every instructor teaching without supervision holding a minimum standard of emergency first aid qualification. This is essential. We recommend every member of club staff – from volunteer treasurers through to assistant instructors – also holding a basic level of first aid. This forms part of our charitable #MartialArtsDoneRight campaign.

What’s The Minimum Standard And What Courses Are Available?

The minimum standard should always be the highest level of training available. It must be a level of training that equips you with the essential skills necessary to deal with life threatening medical emergencies – such as serious neck injuries, cardiac arrests and bleeds through to minor injury treatment.


Courses We Can Provide Access To

Online Based - First Aid For Martial Arts

This course is specially designed to cater for the injuries that could occur with martial arts training and classes. Covered in the courses are different subjects that would apply to any martial arts sector. The course is ideal for instructors and students.

Martial Arts by its nature presents risk. When carried out correctly, injury does not usually happen, but in the case where it does, the responsible precaution is for everyone to have a basic understanding of what to do. This course covers injuries, including contact injuries, cardiac arrest, as well as illnesses like allergic reaction. First aid is an easy skill to learn, and the training is delivered in a series of short videos with knowledge review questions to increase understanding. All the videos are filmed in a martial arts setting and based on real problems that you may face.

This online course offers a flexible training delivery, but if you want a practical part, our provider has a network of approved instructors who can deliver a skill session after you complete the online course.

The content of this and all our courses has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and come with a Certified CPD Statement as well as a ProTrainings Certificate and for online courses an Evidence Based Learning statement.

This course comes with 4.0 hrs (6.0 class) of CPD, although the time to complete the course online may be less than this. Total course time includes 1 hours and 48 minutes of video training as well as knowledge reviews, final test, remedial help and reviewing downloaded material.

Occupations that can use this course:

  • Martial Arts Instructor
  • Martial Arts Schools
  • Martial Arts students
  • Martial Arts Organisations


  • Scene/Incident Management
  • Keeping safe
  • Pre-existing medical conditions
  • General fitness
  • Recovery Position
  • Heart Attack
  • CPR
  • Compression only CPR
  • Choking
  • Bleeding
  • Shock and Fainting
  • Head Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Dislocations and Fractures
  • Eye injuries
  • Dental Injuries
  • Asthma
  • Managing Pre-Existing Conditions
  • Post Incident Reporting


This course costs £35.94 for the public. All premium BMABA members can access the course for £23.98 saving £11.96.

You’ll be pleased to know our association does not in anyway benefit from you taking this course. There’s no commission or kickbacks – we pass you directly to an accredited third party provider through whom you can complete this course online at your own convenience.

Questions & Answers Around First Aid

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