Safeguarding Code In Martial Arts

Help, Support & Guidance Getting Your Club Registered To The Code For Free

Access to our entire library of guidance, advice, the Club Colours qualification and our template documentation is provided inclusive with every paid membership, and every membership combined with insurance.

Martial Arts Safeguarding Code & Our Association

We’re exceptionally proud to have attained the Martial Arts Safeguarding Code at an organisation level for our association, the British Martial Art & Boxing Association (BMABA). Furthermore, having now attained this as an association, we can in turn provide a package of support, resources and training to help clubs from all styles and backgrounds meet the mark.

The Safeguarding Code For Martial Arts is a non-partisan Scheme designed to help benchmark a club’s safeguarding competencies and educate the public on safeguarding in martial arts. In return for a club ensuring they have the correct standards in place, they will be displayed on the Safeguarding Code’s Club Finder for parents and the public to see, as well as receive certification. The scheme is supported by Sport England, the National Lottery, CPSU, Ann Craft Trust and many more.

How can we help your club gain the Sport England Safeguarding Code For Martial Arts?

  • Our association has met and attained the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts and we have been working to support the program since it first began in 2018.
  • We provide our members with pre-approved documents and template policies to help you set up approved safeguarding policies and statements.
  • We provide a completely free Club Colours' award which will walk you through the entire Safeguarding Code In Martial Arts checklist of requirements with support, guidance and supervision throughout.
  • We provide access to recognised safeguarding qualifications and enhanced DBS checks, to help you and your team meet the necessary training standards.
  • We can provide expert guidance on safeguarding provisions at club level, to help you meet and surpass minimum standards

We’ve been working for years to try and build closer bridges with the likes of Sport England and their partners to forge a reputable opportunity for our multi-style independent clubs to enjoy access to key programs such as The Code.

The Code is open to any club, and we’ll provide our members with all of the guidance, expertise and training needed to meet the safeguarding standards set by the Safeguarding Code In Martial Arts.

To learn more about The Code, visit their website here.

What’s the BMABA Club Colours Award?

To help you meet the standards outlined by The Code, we’ve constructed the BMABA Club Colours Award; a free qualification open to all BMABA instructors and clubs which will help you run through each requirement with a view to understanding and demonstrating competency. This is part of our range of free instructor qualifications and training packages.

Our Guidance & Support Attaining The Code Is Exclusively For BMABA Registered Instructors

You can join our Association online to access all of the advertised support, as well as our award winning membership. This includes certification, licensing, instructor qualifications, business support, template documents and forms, a free club website, safeguarding support, access to DBS checks, safeguarding qualifications, access to first aid training and so much more for one single annual or monthly fee.

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.