The landscape for the martial arts business has changed drastically over the past few decades. What used to be referred to as a martial arts school is now often referred to as a gym.

Just like the rules for what is martial arts have changed, so has the insurance coverage for martial arts schools or more specifically, martial arts programs.

As an example, your karate school with 200 kids may be covered by liability insurance. However, the same school may offer an MMA class that is NOT covered.

To help you make sure you have the right liability insurance coverage, here is a sampling of what May or May Not be covered by your insurance company.

What programs are usually covered by martial arts school insurance?

  • Karate Schools
  • Kung Fu
  • Aikido
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Fitness Kickboxing
  • Fitness Boxing
  • Judo
  • Jiu-Jitsu
  • Self-Defense (with fake weapons)

What programs are may not be covered by martial arts school insurance?

  • Any program with Live Bladed Weapons
  • Any program with Firearms
  • Concealed Firearm Classes
  • Full Contact Kick Boxing
  • Full Contact Boxing
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Submission Fighting
  • Cage Fighting (Just having a cage in your school can disqualify you)

John Graden
John Graden

John Graden is widely credited with leading the martial arts school business into the modern age. He is the founder of the first successful professional association and trade journal. MA Success editor John Corcoran first called him a “visionary” in 1995. Martial Arts World magazine dubbed him, The Teacher of Teachers. Mr. Graden’s leadership was recognized in many mainstream media outlets including a cover story on the Wall Street Journal, documentaries on A&E Network, and as a guest on the Dr. Oz Show and many others.