About the UKBJJA

About us

The UKBJJA is a non-profit organisation and any surplus funds are to be reserved for investment for development of the sport. The objectives of the UKBJJA are:

  • To preserve and protect the integrity of BJJ as a performance based martial art
  • To promote BJJ and encourage wider participation in all areas of the sport
  • To provide a framework for national recognition of the sport
  • To preserve the integrity of the ranking system
  • To provide a framework for competitions and individual schools to follow to ensure minimum standards of safety and good practice
  • To represent all clubs and members in a democratic and transparent manner


  • All instructors must be purple belt or higher from a verifiable lineage. We will ask for proof of promotions, including timescales.
  • All instructors and staff must have DBS / Disclosure Scotland / Access NI checks in place. Click here if you require an up to date check.
  • Instructors must have first aid training, or a qualified first aider should be in attendance during all training.
  • Instructors and staff must have appropriate Child Protection and Safeguarding training. We offer this online, click here if required.
  • Accident report book
  • First aid kit
  • Fire exits to British standards
  • 40mm minimum for mats with minimal gaps
  • Minimum areas per pair in sparring
  • No sharp edges or corners in matted area
  • Cleaning policy in place for dojo area
  • Clear rules for students to remove jewellery before training
  • Zero tolerance for skin infections or other infectious diseases and policy for advice on treatment
  • Supervision and training for use of weights/fitness equipment if applicable
  • Member to member insurance for all students
  • Instructor insurance and club insurance
  • Agree to abide by the policies and procedures of the UKBJJA