Frequently Asked Questions
& Answers


Our questions and answers are designed to help you find the answer to many of the commonly recurring queries we hear.  There’s no such thing as a silly question, so if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for below please get in touch and we will gladly assist.

The cost of joining our organisation depends on the type of membership you require, and whether you need insurance too. We do offer completely free membership for those looking to taste the BMABA without commitment as well.

To find out more about the membership options available to you please visit

The BMABA has a specialist group cover policy that allows us to serve instructor insurance – both public liability and, optionally, professional indemnity, to our members in conjunction with membership. We’re not an insurer, so we can’t offer advice on insurance matters nor provide a standalone policy. We can, however, provide access to our association’s group cover policy at an affordable price. To find out more about the cover available and costs, please visit here.

Provided it is safe, responsible and in keeping with our regulatory guidelines – yes.

These guidelines are not designed to restrict what you can or can not do, and don’t lead you to incur any additional charges. You’re still free to grade students your way, when you wish, without paying us a penny and to keep complete control over the direction and future of your club.

Our primary focus is the professional standards, safety and safeguarding of members training with you.

As an independent organisation we’re keen to allow you as much freedom as possible to teach your way, without hindrance.

Generally speaking, we permit an instructor to grade to one belt / grade below their own – so a 2nd Dan may grade students to 1st Dan, and so on.

Yes, you do.

We won’t accept any applications without full proof of grade being submitted and approved first. You can sign up online and provide your proof of grade via our specialist system, and we’re on hand to help if you have questions about what we need to see.

We’ve got some specific guidance on helping those without set guides gain eligibility to teach. You can find out more from here.  
Of course. We’re available by phone Monday to Friday, 9AM – 5PM. We can also provide Whatsapp, Text, E-Mail, Facebook and Live Chat support. Please click below to contact us.

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Unfortunately not. We’re very open and transparent about maintaining excellent standards in martial arts, and part of this is allowing students to easily see and understand grades, professional qualifications and other statutes – like DBS checks, insurance, first aid and so on. By joining us, you must accept that your professional details will be made available online.
We don’t require you to leave your current organisation before joining us – but if you’d like to leave your current organisation and join us instead we have a dedicated section on our site to help you make the switch. Please click here to find out more.

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