The BMABA Fighting Chance Charitable Foundation is a national organisation that tackles childhood poverty and social inequality through structured martial arts programmes.

Our work covers key issues such as Childhood Poverty, Violence Against Women & Girls, Knife Crime, Bullying and more. We make safe, professional martial arts training accessible to those who would otherwise would miss out. By instilling confidence, self-empowerment, self-discipline, fitness and resilience to vulnerable groups, our specially vetted clubs can help tackle grass roots issues that damage communities and ruin lives.

Our Charitable Foundation is a charitable arm of the multi-award winning British Martial Arts & Boxing Association (BMABA) – also a charitable company under our charity that regulates and promotes martial arts participation in the UK, and helps instructors run safer classes.

“Race, religion, gender, social class – when you whittle it all down, we all have just 5.5 litres of blood.

Giovanni Soffietto, Founder.

The BMABA Fighting Chance Charitable Foundation was founded in 2019 by the award-winning social entrepreneur Giovanni Soffietto, who also founded the BMABA. Giovanni himself grew up in poverty and experienced first hand the devastating impact this has on a person’s life. 

From just a £20 start up in 2012, the BMABA and the Fighting Chance Foundation now reach more than 100,000 a year and is influencing martial arts in the United Kingdom for thousands of instructors, students and participants.

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We believe martial arts can provide a solid foundation for change in our communities. By bringing together people from all backgrounds, beliefs and experiences under a common bond of respect, discipline and discipline, martial arts has the power to change lives.

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