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12.02.16 New Members
We welcome the following club and their members as they join us:
Andrejs Safonovs 2nd Dan and the Dan-Gun Tae Kwon Do Club in Wolverhampton.
11.02.16 The Importance of regular DBS checks.
We have recently had a conversation with a CMAA member regarding the ‘expiry date’ of DBS certificates due
to the fact that his employer as recently told him that as he already has a DBS certificate, from a few years ago,
he will never need another one doing. He then, quite rightly, phoned us to question this as he was very
The fact is there is NO expiry date attached to these certificates as they actually expire the moment they are
printed as all they show is the applicant’s history up to that point.
It’s for this reason that companies and groups have a duty of care to ensure the ongoing suitability of the people
within their employ or membership by carrying out regular DBS checks as these do not update automatically.
This is why we (CMAA) insist on re-checks every 2 years.
There is of course the DBS update service whereby once the initial check has been done the applicant can
register for an annual fee, but even then all this will do is confirm that there either is no change since the last
check OR recommend a new one is carried out. It will not disclose any new information as only going through a
full enhanced check will do that.
If any new information comes to light as a result of a re-check, which the company or group considers makes
the applicant a threat to either children or vulnerable, they then have a duty BY LAW to make a referral to the
Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) who will investigate and make a barring decision. This is not an
automatic process and only occurs as a result if such referrals.
Stating that as a person already has one means they will never need another is irresponsible and is almost as bad
as just asking a person for their DBS certificate number without asking to see the actual certificate!
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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 England, Scotland, Wales, Northern and Southern
Ireland, 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.
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Promoting Good Practice, Health & Safety and Child Protection.
Fully supportive of the guidelines as set by the Martial Arts Standards Agency (MASA)
Holders of (CMAA Office) The Greater Manchester Sports Partnership Club Mark www.greatersport.co.uk
Members of the Sport and Recreation Alliance,
Formerly known as the Central Council for Physical Recreation (CCPR)
Registerd Umbrella Body With The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) & Disclosure Scotland
Approved First Aid Training Provider
Martial Arts Standards Agency (MASA) Approved Instructor Training Provider
Ensuring Quality Service and Tuition With The Cobra Centre of Excellence Award
Read The CMAA Child Protection Policy - CLICK HERE
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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.
The Cobra Martial Arts Association are registered with and protected by the National Business Registry and
the Department of Trade & Industry. The word COBRA 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. The Cobra Martial
Arts Association also fully supports The Office of Fair Trading "Approved Codes of Practice"
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