We have recently advised a CMAA member regarding an issue effecting them. The issue involved another
Instructor passing derogatory comments both directly and indirectly about them. These comments were via
social media, text and also verbally. In addition ‘threats’ have also been indirectly made. These were via media
and also verbally.
Our advice was that if this ‘course of conduct’ persists then they should contact the Police as these are criminal
offences. The messages are an offence under the 1997 Protection from Harassment Act and the threats are, at
the very minimum, an offence under the 1988 Malicious Communications Act.
If convicted the Instructor sending the messages, passing the comments will have a criminal record shown on
their next DBS (which will include the word ‘stalking’). This will not only make it very difficult to remain with
any reputable martial arts body but also finding Instructor Insurance almost impossible as most insurers won’t
offer cover to those convicted of Stalking & Harassment.
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About The CMAA
The CMAA was founded in 2002 as a National Supporting Body for all Martial Arts and has grown to be one
of the largest groups in the United Kingdom. Our aim is to bring all Martial Arts together in a fair, equal and
open minded manner. As such the CMAA recognises all known styles whether they are Traditional, Freestyle
or Mixed along with proven grades.
With several thousand Members and Affiliates throughout the United Kingdom and Europe and we would invite
any Instructor or Student from any style to join. The most important thing to note is we do not govern or
interfere in the lawful management of your club(s) as we never forget it is your choice to join us, we are simply
here to SUPPORT YOU.
If you have any questions or comments click here to contact us.
Find out what our some of our existing members say about us, click here
Promoting Good Practice, Health & Safety and Safeguarding.
Fully supportive of the guidelines as set by the 'Instructor Standards' ideology - CLICK HERE
Holders of (CMAA Office) The Greater Manchester Sports Partnership Club Mark
Members of the Sport and Recreation Alliance
Registered Umbrella Body With The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
First Aid Training Provider
Ensuring Quality Service and Tuition With The Cobra Centre of Excellence Award
Equal Opportunities and Respecting Diversity - CLICK HERE
Read The CMAA Safeguarding Policy - CLICK HERE
Trade Marks and Logos
The CMAA logos must only be displayed by registered current Member Clubs on literature, advertising
materials or websites. The CMAA logos, along with the CMAA name (abbreviated or otherwise) must not be
used on any of the following unless officially issued by the CMAA.
* Certificates of any kind
* Badges or other embroidery / printing on club uniforms
Any person using them who is not a current Member will be infringing on Trade Mark & Copyright Law due to
the fact that the term 'COBRA MARTIAL ARTS' and the CMAA logo are registered Trade Marks (section 41)
for the Instruction of all Martial Arts Within the United Kingdom. Registration Number: 2369237
"Infringement of registered Trade Marks:- This occurs when a third party uses a sign or word identical, or
similar to, a registered mark in respect of identical or similar goods or services"
Cases won to date against non CMAA members using the name = 7
Cases won to date against non CMAA members using copyrighted material = 2
"Martial Arts Instructor UK" and "Cobra Kids" are protected under the same conditions.
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