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Welcome to Institute for Chinese Martial Arts

The Institute for Chinese Martial Arts (ICMA), formally the Chinese Kuoshu Institute (CKI), is a non-political, non-profit making and voluntary organisation. The CKI was formally constituted in the United Kingdom in 27 May 1990, as an organisation to promote Chinese martial arts with a particular interest in the practice of Chinese Kuoshu also known as Guoshu or Traditional Wushu and more popularly known as 'Kung Fu'. This includes Shuai Jiao (Chinese Wrestling) and Nei Jia (Chinese Internal Arts eg Taiji Quan). The ICMA member schools maintain a traditional Chinese martial arts programme to develop higher aspiration, discipline and respect. The ICMA ethos is built on the principles of virtue, humility, wisdom and martial arts.

ICMA Services

The ICMA implements child protection policy, develops safer recruitment practice and enhances coaching standards with a view to professionalising martial arts instruction, in the Unitied Kingdom and partner organisations in the Republic of Ireland.

The ICMA services include:

• Provision of traditional Chinese martial arts tuition and assessments;

• Governance, policy and procedures adminitrative support for member associations;

• Selection for Team GB for Chinese Kuoshu and Chinese Shuai Jiao (Chinese Wrestling);

• Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and identity validation for Chinese martial arts coaches; and
• Training courses to develop an understanding of child protection and safer recruitment practice for Chinese martial arts coaches.

For information on Membership fees, please see link below:

Membership Fees

The ICMA is a member of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA), the Sport England recognised National Governing Body (NGB) for Chinese martilal arts. As a member of the BCCMA, the ICMA is committed to safer recruitment and safer participation in Chinese martial arts.

For information about the BCCMA's approach to child protection and safeguarding:

BCCMA Child Protection and Safeguarding Information

For information about the BCCMA's child protection and safeguaring policy:

BCCMA Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

For information about the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS): 

DBS Checks - Guidance for Employers

For information about Safeguarding Children in Martial Arts (SCiMA) online learning:

Safeguarding Children in Martal Arts (SCiMA)