British National Martial Arts Association

The British National Martial Arts Association (BNMAA) is an independent association of martial arts disciplines practised in the UK. The association is open to all martial arts with the primary purpose of providing an information and communication resource to martial arts practitioners in the UK.

Joining the British National Martial Arts Association provides access to a range of benefits, including, but not exclusive to insurance, international recognition and accreditation, information on and access to competitions and courses throughout the UK.

Dan Gradings

dan-grade1e4The association also offers Dan grading services for all officially recognised martial arts disciplines. Please get in touch for availability and scheduling specific to your martial art should you wish to organise Dan grading for your club’s members. The association can generally organise a grading within a month but we advise you to book a minimum of six weeks in advance to avoid disappointment during busy periods.


The BNMAA can also arrange competitive martial arts insurance for participants in any officially recognised competitive event anywhere in Europe and most official international competitions around the world. Working with a number of insurers with specialist martial arts insurance products the rates available to our members are generally preferential to those that will be offered through any independent enquiry.

Competition Access

bnmaaMembership of the BNMAA also provides your club’s members with access to the renowned BNMAA Annual Mixed Martial Arts UK Championships as well as other accredited competitions organised in partnership with the BNMAA.

First Aid Courses

Gain your NVQ first aid qualification via the BNMAA. The BNMAA conducts monthly courses in Scotland, Manchester and London for first aid qualification. As you are most probably aware, as of November 2013, accredited martial arts instruction in the UK must have the NVQ qualification in order to be legally allowed to conduct martial arts training. Courses take place over Saturday and Sunday at a cost of £250, including one night accommodation and meals. Please contact us for availability on the course closest to you. Courses tend to be booked out up to one month in advance so ensure you do not leave it until the last minute to avoid dissapointment