United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR)



On the 25 May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force across the UK. These regulation enhance and change commitments to handling personal data set out in the Data Protection Act (1998), strengthening and unifying data protection for all individuals.

GDPR applies to organisations that take personal data from its customers or members, for example via manual or electronic based formats e.g. member forms, online platforms or provider website.

It relates to how the provider not only obtains personal information but how it then stores and uses this data.

The British Shuai Jiao Union (BSJU) is committed to helping providers and members alike to ensure that they become and remain GDPR compliant.

The BSJU guidance is aimed at providers and is based on Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) guidelines and standards for meeting GDPR compliance.

How does GDPR apply?

GDPR applies to organisations that take personal data from its customers or members, for example via manual or electronic based formats e.g. member forms, online platforms or club website. It relates to how the club not only obtains personal information but how it then stores and uses this data. All providers need to ensure that when dealing with personal data:

  • They process it securely
  • It is updated regularly and accurately
  • It is limited to what the provider needs
  • It is used only for the purpose for which it is collected
  • It is only used for marketing purposes if the individual has given the provider consent to do so.
The principles of data protection set out within the existing Data Protection Act still exists and therefore, if you are compliant with this, it is likely you will only have a few changes to make to fall in line with the new GDPR regulation.

What is Personal Data?

Personal data can be defined as any information relating to:

  • A person
  • The data subject, who can be directly or indirectly identified by the use of that data; for example, by their name, ID number, or online identifier such as an email address.
Sensitive personal data can be defined as:

  • Any information consisting of racial or ethnic origin
  • Political opinions
  • Religious or philosophical beliefs
  • Trade union membership
  • Genetic data, biometric data
  • Data concerning health
  • Data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation.
GDPR relates to members who are participants at your provider, coaches, referees, volunteers, parents and any individual that you request personal data from, or hold data on.

Support and Guidance

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website provides important information and further clarity on GDPR which we advise all service providers to read. Please visit https://www.ico.org.uk/for-organisations.

  • ICO Helpline on 0303 123 1113, and select Option 4 under the list of options
  • BSJU Data Protection Officer.

BSJU Member Services

  • Apply for Membership
    You can apply for membership of the BSJU, if you are a Shuai Jiao practictioner and an exponent of one (or more) of the five principle styles of Shuai Jiao, or if you practice Shuai Jiao as a component of your martial arts system (including wrestling, grappling, and throwing). On successful registration you will then become part of a global family with a history spanning some 4,000 years; and access to national, international, and world-level events.

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  • Safeguarding Standards
    The BSJU recognise that everyone has a responsiblity to keep themselves and others safe, and people involved in Shuai Jiao should know what to do if they have any concerns. The BSJU are working to support our members, parents, carers, and volunteers to safeguard children and adults at risk. The BSJU is committed to maintaining safeguarding best practice, reflecting our corporate responsibility to safeguard all participants, effectively.

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  • Renew Your Membership
    You need to renew your BSJU membership annually to remain an active member. It is important that you do not allow your membership to lapse, as you are expected to be insured and licensed, as a requirement of participaion in Shuai Jiao practice. Shuai Jiao, as a martial art, carries with it inherent risks of personal injury. Participants must have adequate insurance in place, which can be obtained through the BSJU membership process.

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  • Coaching Standards
    The BSJU recognise that Coaches (Instructors) play a critical role in the development of any sport or development activity, and in the lives of the people that they coach. Our Coaches (Instructors) ensure that participation in Shuai Jiao is a positive experience with the aim to ensure a high quality and safe approach to training. The BSJU Coach Development Programme (CDP) is delivered online and face-to-face, and designed for both ‘teaching’ and ‘performance development’.

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  • DBS Check Service
    You can apply for a DBS check as part of the 'martial arts workforce' through our partner organisation: SCiMA Education Limited (SCiMA). Enhanced DBS check are required, as a condition of membership, for all Heads of Association, Coaches (Instructors), Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs), and people in a position of trust. The practice of Shuai Jiao will involve physical contact, and it is essential that ALL participants are safeguarded, appropriately.

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  • Policies and Guidance
    The BSJU policies and guidance reflect our key objectives to support participation and excellence in Shuai Jiao. Our policies comply with British legislation and regulations regarding safeguarding and equality. Our strategy redefines participation in Shuai Jiao, with a focus on five key outcomes: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development, and economic development.

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