About Us

About Us "AMA"

The AMA started out as the AKA "Amateur Karate Association" in 1971 and later expanded to include and embrace other Martial Arts.

  • 44 years and counting!

Now the largest martial arts association in the UK "

  • over 90,000 members and growing year on year"

The AMA is very active with a very influential presence on both the national and international martial arts stage, 

  • The AMA is RECOGINISED by the worlds leading martial arts organisations and governing bodies.

The AMA is represented by its broad and accomplished membership including associated organisation residing throughout the world.

The AMA's directors & executive committee is made up of a general secretary, a president, vice presidents, treasurer and relevant technical committees


As well as the amateur executive, the amateur rule for contests is that no prize money or financial inducement may be awarded.


  1. To promote the sport & practice of martial arts and recognised coaching of the same
  2. To promote codes of safety in sport and practice of the same
  3. To promote the moral, mental, physical, and social well being of members
  4. To obtain, collect, receive, and administer money and funds for these purposes
  5. To cooperate with other bodies having similar aims for purposes recognised by law as charitable
  6. The association shall be amateur i.e. be controlled by a committee with no controlling interest
  7. The associations competitions shall be amateur i.e. no prize money awarded
  8. Members shall be amateur i.e. shall not receive prize money from the association

Professional Instructors

These are welcome in the association, subject to the rules of the constitution.


We have the best accident and indemnity cover for martial arts, instructors, members, and clubs. Public liability, fee per club (check with H/Q for current rates This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), and premises (and any person legally on the premises). Groups with large membership may apply for special discounts. Forms of Instructor and students fees can be found in the Links & downloads section. 

Student Gradings

Authorised AMA instructors may grade their own students up to two grades below examiner e.g. 1st Dan can grade to 2nd kyu. Kyu grades require minimum three months between grades. Assistance with grading's and courses can be arranged via the AMA technical committee, see 'officials' or contact 01617635599 for the next available technical grading.

Dan Gradings or Master / Sifu

These are awarded by appointed and approved instructors of the associations committee's. Dans from other reputable associations will be honoured subject to approval of their styles technical committee's. The formula is: Minimum 3 years to 1st Dan (but usually 5). Then 2 more to 2nd Dan, then 3 more to 3rd Dan, 4 to 4th, etc. 3rd Dan and above by approval of the technical and executive committee only. Note these are minimum's and exceptional. AMA Dan grade certificates are available to approved Dans (see current price list)

Cadet Dans

Persons under 16 years are cadets. The "C" or Cadet must prefix the Dan grade on any publication. They must revert to senior kyu grading (1st kyu) on their 16th birthday and may take a senior Dan grading on or following their 16th birthday. Dan Grades, refereeing, judging, coaching, health & safety, and co-ordinating courses in all AMA styles are available on request at AMA H/Q. Persons at 18 years may take 2nd dan then 3rd dan at 21yrs, these are absolute minimum time scales. Members under 16yrs may hold a grade no higher than Cadet 2nd Dan and may revert to Snr 1st Dan by approval of their instructor on reaching their 16th Birthday, thus being awarded Snr 1st Dan. Forms to be completed and sent to the AMA HQ for ratification.


Regional organisers are ready to help and advise with competitions and courses (at your voluntary acceptance). Each region has a championship, selection courses, and competitions in the main martial arts sports. The winners and best go through to the national squads. All regions have good instructors ready to help you. We also have mobile instructors available to help with gradings and courses. These include JKA 7th Dans, ITF and WTF 8th Dans, 8th Dans of Ju-Jitsu, ICKF Reps, WUKF reps, WCJJO, world champions. These are all subject to your acceptance, there is no financial compulsion or coercion in the AMA.


AMA provides and arranges courses for national coaching diplomas, NVQ like courses, first aid, and refereeing certificates after appropriate courses have been completed. Instructors are encouraged and advised to seek continual advancement via the AMA's affiliation to National organisations such as and including SCUK,WUKF,BKF,SKGB, BTCB, MKB.


AMA is affiliated to the best international bodies to give your members the best opportunity to take part at the highest levels, which included UWK, WUKF, WCJJO JJIF, WTF, ICKF, WKF, and WKEA etc.


Many styles co-exist within the AMA. Some follow the traditional styles and curricula; some combine to form new ways. All this is quite valid so long as the teaching, training, and curriculum can be approved, and so long as the Dan or Master degree achieved can hold up with the best in any style. AMA has every style of martial art including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Malaysian, Thai, Indian, Modern freestyle, and self-defense. The styles have ad-hoc committees, which meet as required.


Must be of contractual age (18) and hold an approved Dan or equivalent. They must have AMA indemnity insurance and approved current qualification and certification in coaching, first aid, child protection (if instructing any) and DBS ( via AMA) . New entrants must supply photocopies of Dan grades and or certificates and if these are from unknown sources then we may require to assess the applicant by one of our designated officers. New entrants are classed as provisional members in the first 12 months and must fit the AMA criteria following their first years membership.


These are distributed with every posting. Diary events are also published in various martial arts magazines and the AMA website. See the Diary section on the main news menu.


We advertise nationally and recruits are directed to our nearest clubs.


A copy of the AMA constitution is available by sending £5 and a SAE to:

AMA H/Q: C/O Peter Allen,
Unit 20 & 21, Hardman Street,
Off Hornby Street, Bury, BL9 5BL.

Executive Committee

Nominations are receivable every year for the executive at the AGM. Other committees are appointed to cover special needs and purposes.


You are entering into a voluntary arrangement with fellow members in a democratic organisation and association. The committees officers and organisers are here to help you at your request. We have no chief instructors, and the newest recruit has as good a voice as a 7th or 8th Dan at the AGM. We have no dictators or over priced compulsory courses or grading.

For all enquiries, please contact our friendly team at the AMA office on 01617635599 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Amateur Martial Association
169 Cotswold Crescent,
Walshaw Park, Bury

Tel: 0161 763 5599