Our Foundation

We believe in the innate ability of martial arts to positively change lives.

Through our specialist programmes and expert network, we enable structured martial arts training to break the cycle of abuse and poverty, tackle knife crime and intervene in a wide range of social crisis-points – such as disability discrimination and male suicide.

We know from our research and experience working with martial arts governing bodies that a martial arts and boxing gym has the ability to insert itself deep within communities of all creed, race, class and colour. Classes are extremely inexpensive to facilitate compared with many other forms of intervention and even in direct comparison to many other sports. Yet, martial arts has a way of ‘cutting through the noise’ and reaching those otherwise left out by wider society. Unfortunately, we believe, tennis or badminton isn’t going to hook a thirteen year-old gang member in the same way Mixed Martial Arts sparring will. With this comes the opportunity to create a safe space and an interruption to the typical cycles of abuse that occur ‘on the outside’. It is from this safe space that the Fighting Chance Foundation reaches those who need martial arts most, and facilitate the opportunity to change lives.

Our Flagship Programmes

Fighting Chance Scholarship Programme

Our Scholarship Programme targets children of all backgrounds living in poverty across the UK. It provides free training, uniforms and gradings right through to eighteen years old, providing the opportunity for structured learning, self discipline, personal development, fitness and social engagement. For the right people, we’ll continue to develop young adults into instructors so they can open their own clubs in local communities that need their intervention, providing a decent, honest living in the process.

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#DitchTheBlade

Our #DitchTheBlade project works a two-prong approach to knife crime intervention. One aspect involves direct engagement with young people at risk of knife crime through Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Boxing training, engaging them in structured routine with trained mentors. The second prong involves raising awareness in schools and youth centres, providing catastrophic bleed training and the installation of bleed control kits in area at risk of knife crime.