This is one of dozens of membership features and tools reserved exclusively for BMABA instructors.

Leading Martial Arts Instructor Licencing & Certification

The British Martial Arts & Boxing Association (BMABA) is largely recognised as one of the leading UK martial arts associations for instructor certification and licensing. Our very high eligibility threshold ensures BMABA instructors are seen as highly professional, competent and vetted instructors.

We’ve been providing instructor certification in martial arts – and championing the need for modern, professional standards – since 2012. To date we’ve issued tens of thousands of instructor and membership certificates. These are all associated with relevant records and registration dates, so every single document can be confirmed – even if you don’t wish to remain with us in the future. What’s more, we positive vet every applicant to ensure before any BMABA certificates are issued, grades have been checked.

With our association’s licensing and certification, you can be assured that;

Every Registration Can Be Confirmed Online, For Free, 24/7

With our association you don’t need to rely on your students seeking out mountains of documentation to confirm you’re licensed to instruct. Via our leading national instructor database they can confirm your registration on any device, at any time, in live time against our own internal records.

Stunning Certification Is Always Available To You 24/7 In PDF Format

Regardless of your membership options, every instructor will have access to his or her instructor certification, membership documentation and any insurances documents in PDF format immediately after issue. This enables you to access documents wherever you are, without having to worry about finding hard copies.

Printed Documentation Worth It's Weight

All of our printed documentation is dispatched from our operations office on premium weighted, specialist paper. Included are a number of security measures, including official stamps, signatures, foils, embossing and security marks. This is all provided to ensure you receive a professional, credible document which can be showed to parents, students and schools with confidence.

What Documentation Do We Issue BMABA Instructors With?

Association Membership Certificate

This document confirms that you are a registered member of our association, and confirms the dates of your current membership term. This is usually considered a requirement for any instructor needing to provide evidence of membership to a Governing Body.

Instructor’s Certificate

This certification confirms that a BMABA registered instructor has undergone our vetting process and provided all necessary evidence to meet our eligibility threshold for instructors and coaches. It’s a key document that summarises what disciplines we recognise you to be competently graded or qualified to instructor. Effectively, this helps tie together often numerous certificates (if practicing more than one style) into a singular, governing body issued certificate. The certificate features your membership term for confirmation that it is current. This document is considered a key piece of evidence whenever you need to evidence yourself as a competent or ‘recognised’ instructor.

*Please note, whilst all of the certification shown on this page are current issued documents, there can be slight variations in subtle design features – such as fonts, design and layout. This is an organic evolution of our certification. All documents issued will be the same as those shown – or similar. It may not be immediately identical. 

Access Our Leading Certification

Gain Accreditation & Recognition For Your Years Of Training

All premium BMABA instructors receive access to our range of professional certificates. These documents are available exclusively to BMABA registered coaches and senseis, so you’ll need to be registered with us in order to access these.

Access Your BMABA Documents & Copies Of All Your Checks 24/7 On Any Device

You shouldn’t have to keep carting around dozens of documents and forms everytime you visit a school or teach a class. With BMABA, we provide access to not just all of your BMABA instructor certificates in one place but also copies of all the professional evidence you validate with us – DBS checks, insurance, first aid and so on. This means you can access everything you need 24/7 from any device, and you can download it or email it straight from the cloud.

Linked To Real-Time National Records

All of our instructor certification and licencing is tied to our National Records Database which pulls through the official data on all of our members in real time. It’s checkable from anywhere in the world on any device, so you can have parents, students and schools take comfort in being able to confirm your grade, styles, insurance, first aid, DBS and safeguarding credentials from an official source.

Stunning Instructor Licences Available

For those looking for something extra, we also provide access to official instructor licences. These licence books provide an inner licence slip detailing instructor credentials, an ID card, previous grade recognition and room for all on-going CPD.



We’ve featured in newspapers and radio, have won various external accolades and continue to work with a number of high-profile charities and organisations. 

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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.