Martial Arts Style & Syllabus Recognition

Support Getting Your Syllabus Approved & Regulated

  • Developing new systems and syllabuses is important for martial arts. It encourages progress, stimulates debate and can offer truly flexible training suited to individual needs.

  • The British Martial Arts & Boxing Association (BMABA) has worked hard over the years to lead the way in which new syllabuses are certified, authenticated and licensed. Alongside certifying syllabuses so they’re checked, vetted and licensed as a credible entity, we’re able to help protect the integrity of your syllabus moving forwards and unlock the door to services such as insurance for specific new teaching systems.

    Our syllabus recognition service isn’t designed to help people make more money or side-step working for a full dan grade in a separate style. It’s designed to help honest instructors who have unique teaching techniques or original freestyle material get the recognition they deserve.
  • Can I Certify My Martial Arts Syllabus?

    If you’ve worked hard to develop a safe, professional and honest teaching syllabus that you don’t feel fits into other mainstream systems we’re happy to look at certifying your syllabus for you.

    BMABA syllabus recognition ensures your style, cross-over or syllabus is quality checked by our committee of expert martial artists. We help future proof your submission and offer quality certification to help it progress.

    You can certify a syllabus with the BMABA from just £14.99 as a one-off fee.


How Does The Process Work?

  • Define Your Own Syllabus

    The first you need to do is clearly define all aspects of your syllabus and ensure it’s ready to be put into writing. We can help you along from start to finish with this. You’ll need to be able to demonstrate each level or grade of participation and what’s expected in order to progress. You will need to show that you’ve considered future style development, how you as the licensee will progress and that you’ve considered the history and lineage of any integrated styles too.

  • Submit Your Syllabus For Review

    When you feel you’re ready to progress and submit your syllabus our online member’s area has a specific, safe and secure section for the application.

    The first part of the review process is for your syllabus to be assessed by our in-house assessment panel who will critically review your teaching methods, syllabus and content. They’re looking for anything that would fail to classify your syllabus as independent (i.e: Using techniques mainly from another syllabus or recognised style) and to ensure the submission is detailed enough to allow a full scope of consideration.

  • Committee & Executive Panel Review

    After our in-house assessment your syllabus will be anonymously handed over to our Committee and any style specific examiners who will provide a second critical evaluation of your work. They will need to vote either for or against your syllabus approval. The majority vote will be used.

  • Review & Result

    After your syllabus has been reviewed by our in-house team and our committee your syllabus will be ready for a result. Everything is done on a democratic voting system, so if our in-house team approves it and so does the committee your syllabus will pass. Likewise, if it’s failed by both parties it will fail the process overall.

    In the event that it’s passed by one party and not the other your application will become ‘hung’. If this happens both parties will be invited to re-access the work and try and reach a conclusion.

If your syllabus is approved you’ll have it officially recognised by a leading UK association and you will have it recognised as a set teaching system for yourself and your club.

You will also receive certification & licensing for the approved syllabus and you’ll be entitled to any additional professional services to aid your syllabuses future progression.

What Certification Do I Receive? 

As soon as your syllabus is approved you’ll receive our high quality certification of recognition.

There is the option of receiving a digital copy or a digital & printed copy depending on what you need.

We can now insure instructors to teach their own syllabus via our BMABA specialist group cover policy, provided your syllabus is made up of one or more of our 150+ approved disciplines and styles! Find Out More.

You’ll need to be a member of our association to enjoy our syllabus recognition service.

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