Setting & Regulating Standards In UK Martial Arts – UK Martial Arts Association

Championing Safer, Professional Martial Arts Training & Tuition Since 2012

We’ve Set Standards For Teaching Martial Arts, And Initiated National Campaigns That Have Made Martial Arts Safer, More Inclusive & More Professional For Thousands Of Students Since 2012

What’s the problem?

Martial Arts is a largely unregulated industry, with no universally accepted qualifications, formal criteria for instructors or central database for checking clubs credentials in real time.

We don’t think that’s right.

What are we doing about it?

We’re working with the martial arts community to forge guidelines and criteria that make sense and are enforceable at grass roots levels.  

Unlike a large number of martial arts associations that are focused on competitions, national teams and seminars we’ve always been more heavily focused on martial arts at a grass roots level, and specifically with the monitoring and regulating of martial arts instructors and their standards.

We’ve been working with the community to form professional guidelines, based on shared ethos and values that will make martial arts a safer, more controlled industry without extinguishing the passion and history that makes martial arts so special.

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Martial Arts Instructors

We’ve been helping clubs like yours – from newly graded first dans through to seasoned professionals, make the right choices for you and your students.

Access a range of services – like insurance, safeguarding, DBS checks and other regulatory frameworks that will help you run a safe, effective martial arts class without impacting on what you teach, or how you teach it.

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Martial Artists

We can help you find safe, reputable clubs in your local area and we can provide free and professional guidance to help you make the most of the possibilities that come when learning life saving, fun and fitness enhancing martial arts.

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Some Of The Standards We’ve Set & Regulations We’ve Introduced

 

 Introducing Minimum Standards Of Eligibility, That Are Always Checked & Vetted Prior To Entry 

We don’t ever allow any person to join us as a black belt for instructor or club membership without first receiving and vetting full proof of grade or entitlement to teach. No exception, ever. We understand that a big problem for martial arts governing bodies is ensuring a standard of excellence among members and find that a proactive approach to vetting at the point of entry allows us to ensure our instructors are generally of a much greater standard as opposed to us having an open door policy.

 

 Making Records Public And Easy To Understand 

We’ve been building up thousands of public records and freely checkable certificates and licenses since 2012. You can visit bmaba.org/verify and check in real time the status of any instructor’s membership, grades, listed styles, insurance, DBS checks, first aid qualifications, safeguarding training and more. You can also validate a number of club licenses, instructor licenses, black belt certificates and additional documents from anywhere in the world, on your computer, tablet or mobile.

 

 Promoting Good Practice & Providing Technical Services

Our instructor’s community is focused on solid values and good ethics for business and instruction. This means reinforcing the importance of holding core eligibility documentation – and withholding our licensing until such criteria has not only been met – but also checked by our association. Our instructor’s area also provides a wide range of resources and tools – from guidelines and regulatory frameworks through to access to DBS checks, first aid training and safeguarding expertise.

 

 Actively Reviewing & Improving Internal Standards 

We will never be satisfied with our own internal standards. There is always some way we could be doing something better, and we’ve been thinking this way for more than half a decade. By being proactive and by asking our members – who are out and about teaching different styles, in different ways, in different places on a day to day basis – about what we’re doing right and wrong, we’re confident we’re building a universally recognisable framework to help promote and regulate professional conduct.

 

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