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The Association was officially formed in 1995 to cater for practising martial artists and to provide a single body to regulate competition and insurance requirements across the recognised martial disciplines. There are currently six ‘main’ competitive disciplines recognised by the UK Armed Forces Sports Control Board.

The Association also caters for various other martial arts, such as Kung Fu, but either through a lack of participative members, insufficient competitive activity or absence of Service integration, these are not currently considered ‘main’ disciplines. For the purposes of administration the constituent groups that the Association represents are organised as follows:

  • Korean Martial Arts Section
  • Chinese Martial Arts Section
  • Japanese Martial Arts Section

The objectives of the Association are to:

  • Promote the practice and development of martial arts within the Army
  • Regulate the practice and development of martial arts within the Army
  • Affiliate to, assist, co-operate with and support national and international organisations having objects approved by the Association.
  • Act as an advisory body on all matters relating to the practice and development of Army martial arts through liaison with statutory and voluntary bodies, news media and other relevant parties.
  • Provide members with services and support as may be available through their membership of the Association.

In furtherance of these objects, the Association may:

  • Raise, administer and expend funds at its discretion
  • Arrange for the supply, purchase, sale and hire of all materials, goods and services as may be required
  • Do all such things as are incidental or conductive to the furtherance of the objects of the Association

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Individual Association members practising martial arts in civilian clubs are required to be affiliated to the national governing body of their respective disciplines. The rules for competition, for insurance and medical requirements of these governing bodies are adopted by the Association and are used as standards from which Army MAA events are organised. The respective governing bodies are as follows:


  • President – Col David Ansell
  • Chairman – Lt Col Ollie Major
  • Secretary – Lt Col Dave Campey MBE
  • Treasurer – SSgt Colin Faires
  • Media – Capt Karen Owen
  • Events – Capt Lee Cronian
  • Reserves – SSgt Hayley Hall
  • BJJ – Lt Col Shamus Kelly
  • Karate – WO2 Brian Hall
  • Kendo – Maj Chris Jones
  • ITF Taekwondo – Pte Sophie Bladek
  • WT Taekwondo – Maj Stephen Gibson
  • Weapons – Maj Dave Worsley

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