Martial Arts FAQs
What types or martial arts are acceptable? Some look very violent.
Martial arts are various sports, which originated in countries such as Japan, Korea, and China. Martial arts are all about respect, and not just about kicks, punches and throws. They are traditionally used as forms of self-defence, but also develop plenty of skill, self-discipline, self-confidence and fitness. The martial arts recognised by Sport England are:
- Aikido - bab.org.uk
- Chinese martial arts - bccma.com
- Judo - britishjudo.org.uk
- Ju jitsu - bjjagb.com
- Karate - britishkaratefederation.co.uk
- Kendo - britishkendoassociation.com
- Sombo - britishsombofederation.com
- Tang Soo Do - uktsdf.org.uk
Where can I find a club?
Most of the National Governing Bodies listed have a ‘find a club’ page or a general enquiries contact number or email listed on their website.
What happens if I don't use and NGB approved club?
All martial arts must be carried out using the standards and controls laid down by the appropriate National Governing Body. The easiest way to make sure you meet the standards and controls is by using a NGB approved club.
If your club is not recognised by a NGB, then unfortunately there is no way of confirming it is operating to the standards of the relevant NGB, so must not be used.