British Combat Association (BCA)

1993 – 23 Years- 2016




After 23 years as the UK’s premier multi-style martial arts organisation, focussed on the reality of personal combat, the BCA goes from strength to strength. With one of the most efficient administrations of all organisations, a home to nearly every martial art and led by two of the world’s acknowledged experts in self protection and personal combat, the BCA is still at the forefront of promoting quality martial arts and it’s leading role in Close Quarter Combat (CQC).


Whilst, over the years, we have been copied – but never bettered – the BCA has achieved a worldwide reputation as the organisation that has not only the least politics, but the innate depth of experience about both the relevance and practice of quality martial arts and also the role the arts play in a variety of close combat situations.

The BCA’s Joint Chief Instructors –

Geoff Thompson 8th Dan Karate & Peter Consterdine 9th Dan Karate

Some of the UK’s leading exponents of reality-based martial arts are Instructors within the Association and many have grown, within the family atmosphere and through the help and encouragement of Geoff and Peter, to build worldwide reputations of their own. Black Belt magazine in its April 2006 edition rated Peter and Geoff in the top 5 of the 20 best street fighters in the martial arts world.

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This site is the meeting place for the BCA Instructors with their own private ‘Instructor’s Zone’ but also where martial arts Instructors looking for either a new, non-political home, or simply to extend their knowledge and network can find out all about the benefits to themselves and their students of joining the UK’s most respected organisation. The BCA is an association run by practising martial artists not briefcase warriors.

Both Peter and Geoff are renowned for their reputations as ultra-hard, uncompromising trainers, both of whom have long traditional backgrounds, years of competitive success and many years of handling face to face violence as a profession. Geoff preparing to train

So what does the BCA offer that you won’t find with traditional organisations? First, we don’t play politics, second we have few restrictive rules and don’t build walls around our people and third we have built a reputation as the most helpful, responsive organisation that Instructors say have been with. Within the BCA there is simply an amazing network of first-class Instructors in all disciplines.

We can organise gradings, help with constructing your syllabus, promote your club or group and be a source of honest, quality information.

peter constadine course 2 357Peter working the focus mits

This site is only one of a family of special interest sites centered around the portal site of Peter Consterdine. In addition to the British Combat Association, British Combat Karate Association and World Combat Association, and as a member you can access the articles on these various sites for information on all martial arts and self defence as well as for Close Protection, CQB, police defensive tactics and specialist security subjects.

In the BCA we host some of the most popular courses held in the UK, with great attendance and tremendous feedback. Often, courses are open to the wider martial arts community, but always discounted for BCA members.

The end of year BCA ‘Ultimate Self Defence’ seminar – November 2010DSC_8967

The BCA is a home to the following martial arts and defensive, combat systems;

Karate (Shotokan, Wado Ryu, Shukokai etc), Ju Jitsu, Krav Maga, Kapap, Filipino Doce Pares, Kali and Escrima, Judo, WW2 Combatives, Wing Chun, Boxing, Thai Boxing, Sombo, Russian, Wrestling, TaeKwonDo, English Martial Arts and many Chinese Systems. (this is not a definitive list of all the arts and systems in membership)

Enjoy the experience!

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