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.
The ICMA membership provides membership of:
The ICMA's membership is the most comprehensive of all Chinese martial arts organisations in the United Kingdom with access to national and international events and access to internationally recognised coaching, refereeing and judging learing and accreditation..
If you are already a member of the BCCMA, to obtain the other benefits of membership, you can join as an Associate member.
ICMA Coaches (Instructors)
All ICMA Coaches (Instructors) are trained in coaching, safeguarding and first aid, as a minimum operating standard. All ICMA Coaches also maintain a working knowledge of policies, regulatory and legislative requirments for the management and running of their clubs.
The ICMA implements the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA) 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);
• Access to 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:
National Governing Body Membership
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:
For information about the BCCMA's child protection and safeguaring policy:
For information about the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS):
For information about Safeguarding Children in Martial Arts (SCiMA) online learning: