Nearly 8 years ago, the BMABA was founded. We started with just £20 of capital. Our first website was built on a refurbished laptop that came on a £30 per month contract alongside a second hand Blackberry. It was all so basic and so amateur. Fast forward nearly eight years and we are turning over six figure sums, representing thousands of clubs and tens of thousands of participants.
Everything we have achieved so far has been thanks to you – our members. Clubs, instructors and students – you have built the BMABA. Today we are proud to announce the next chapter for our collective community. The launch of the BMABA Group of Social Enterprises.
We have recently began accepting the fact that UK Government seems unwilling or unable to support the independent martial arts market. We have always been self funded, without a penny of support from Government or Sport England. To ensure we can future proof the association and to enable us to keep influencing the wider martial arts market, our Group of Social Enterprises comprises of a number of organisations and initiatives, alongside our charitable foundation.
The Group will not affect the day to day running of the association – we remain as committed and well governed as ever with Giovanni at the helm. What it does mean, however, is that BMABA members will now have free or preferential access to a wide range of martial arts related services covering technology, IT, insurance, licensing, marketing training and more. This will invariably improve the BMABA as an association and add better value for money to all of our paying members.
We strongly recommend you take a moment to explore the BMABA Group and the organisation that it comprises of. We have launched the Group 6 months earlier than planned in response to Covid-19 as we move to help our industry mobilise and secure its future post lockdown. This now positions the BMABA Association as a flagship part of the UK’s largest collective of not for profit martial arts organisations.