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What's New? - Updated 20 April 2017
Latest news and updates from NAKMAS, external partners and others
New Petition launched (UK Government and Parliament)
Shabaaz Ali Chief Instructor at UMAA has launched a Petition (UK Government and Parliament) to include martial arts in the national P.E curriculum.
In spite of being the fastest growing sport on the planet, martial arts is not currently taught in the P.E curriculum. By including it, we believe students could benefit by gaining, practical self-defence tools, improved physical and mental wellbeing as well as attaining greater confidence.

To view, read and sign the petition, click on the following link:

Sooyang-Do Martial Arts Mother's Day grading success
Proud day for North East Mums this Mothers Day
Over 250 children from throughout the North East of Scotland made their mums proud this Mothers Day as they "smashed" their Sooyang Do Belt Examinations at the Westdyke Leisure Centre on Sunday 26th March in Westhill Aberdeen.

Mums looked on with pride as their young martial artists from local NAKMAS registered Sooyang Do Aberdeen City and Shire clubs were put through numerous martial art sequences, attacks, pad drills and wood breaks.

Natalie Greenland, who's daughter was being tested commented on how fantastic the Mothers Day grading went."It's been well organised and what a great atmosphere. The kids had good energy, and put in lots of effort". Mrs Greenland joked that she was " looking forward to similar energy from her daughter Hannah when she made her, her belated Mothers Day breakfast".

The Mothers Day event was also attended by Founder Master Wood who had travelled to Aberdeen from his home in France to adjudicate at the latest series of belt examinations. Founder - Master Wood expressed his pride and pleasure at seeing so many hundreds of students, instructors, junior leaders and examiners of the United Kingdom Sooyang Do Association come together to provide a memorable exhibition of our martial art.

Master Wood also said:

"I am truly indebted to all involved, for continuing to elevate our martial art to ever greater levels of success and popularity, whilst never failing to ensure that our unique spirit and philosophy, not to mention time - honoured values, are maintained. It is truly remarkable to see the progress being made, particularly by our wonderful young trainee instructors and junior leaders, who appear certain to ensure the future of Sooyang Do is in safe hands"

Chief Instructor/Examiner Colleen McIver said "This is what martial art is about, proud happy parents, watching their children becoming more confident, focused, healthier and fitter individuals.

This is our first belt examinations of 2017 and with them being held on Mothers Day they've hopefully made Mothers Day that little bit extra special for all our members."


NAKMAS Safe Kids Campaign - Protecting children from bullying and abuse
NAKMAS introduces free Anti Bullying posters for direct members
Free 'Stop Bullying Posters' full bleed A3, customised to your club/group, are now available to all direct NAKMAS affiliates.

If a large amount of posters is requested, NAKMAS may require postage/packing charge, at cost.

To request your free posters, send the following information to email address

NAKMAS club/group registration code
Martial Arts offered & venue areas
Club name and contact telephone number
Website and Facebook addresses

Another free service to all direct NAKMAS affiliates!

Click here to see an actual sample of the new poster issued to the Crawley Black Belt Academy

NAKMAS' Anti-Bullying Poster - free to all direct affiliates
NAKMAS News Archives
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06 Mar '17 - NAKMAS Statement: English Karate Read More

15 Mar '17 - NAKMAS Statement: Bullying Read More

21 Feb'17 - NAKMAS offers free website to members Read More

07 Feb'17: National Equality Register updated Read more

19 Jan'17: Sooyang Do raises £1111.42 for local charity Read more

03 Jan '17: UK Welcomes Korean Sword Master for Introductory Seminar Read more

04 Jan '17: Facebook confers blue accredited tick on NAKMAS pages Read more

20 Dec '16: Sudden passing of Paul Woods 6th Degree Read more

12 Dec '16: Martial arts clubs join fight against cancer Read more

28 Nov '16: NAKMAS secure area live for all NAKMAS registered welfare officers Read more

27 Nov '16: Libby Ellison interviews NAKMAS' Joe Ellis on child abuse and the flaws of the criminal records checking Read more

24 Nov '16: NAKMAS loses patience over criminal record procedures which puts children at risk Read more
22 Nov '16: NAKMAS makes a pledge to #iwill Read more

09 Nov '16: NAKMAS higher black belt grade awards Read more

18 Nov '16: New NAKMAS fully responsive and Google friendly website Read more

23 Mar '16: Statement issued by the NAKMAS National Management Committee in relation to English Karate Read more
In the public spotlight
News and features about NAKMAS and NAKMAS affiliates

KKS Junior Coaches
All qualified to NVQ Level 1 standard.
Kent Karate Schools junior coaching course

Junior Coaching Course to NVQ Level 1 Standard

Junior members of the Kent Karate Schools attended a coaching course held in Herne Bay, Kent on Sunday 19 February 2017. The course tutor/assessor was Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis, a leading educationalist and author. She is also an NVQ Assessor and Verifier (also holds NVQ External Verifier awards).

Children learn coaching concepts, which enable them to work alongside adult black belt coaches.

Kent Karate Schools website is via and their Facebook page is via

EEHMAA Fight Squad members
Thomas-Drew Payne, Reece Payne & Leo Manifold.

EHMAA Fight Squad members - success

Here are the awards the boys have picked up so far in 2017, keep up the hard work!

1 x GOLD, Winter War fight night, 2017
1 x WOMAA British Champion, 2017
1 x WOMAA Brit Champion, Team event, 2017
1 x Revolution Champion, 2017
1 x WFMC British Champion, 2017
1 x WOMAA British Champion, 2017
1 x WOMAA Brit Champion, Team event, 2017
2 x Gold, WOMAA Competition for Diabetes, 2017

East Riding Kickboxing Facebook page is via

ER Kickboxing Club
Kick-starter, Megan

Kick-starter Megan

Megan achieves grade despite Down's Syndrome

The East Riding Kickboxing Club is proud to announce that Megan (as pictured) achieved her first kickboxing grade, despite Down's Syndome. NAKMAS also shares the proud moment.

East Riding Kickboxing Club is headed by respected Joy Peacock 2nd Dan.

East Riding Kickboxing website is via
East Riding Kickboxing Facebook page is via

Sooyang Do Success
Gordon McIver and Colleen McIver representing Sooyang Do
Aberdeen Sports Awards Sooyang Do Martial Art Success

Sooyang Do is traditional in its adherence to the time honoured virtues of Courtesy, Integrity, Humility and Respect which is reflected in the Sooyang Do motto "Jin Sil" meaning "Truth"

Congratulations to Sooyang Do Martial Art on achieving the Highly Commended award via Aberdeen Sports Awards.

Sooyang Do Martial Art is headed by respected Chief Instructor, Bruce Wood 5th Dan.

Sooyang Do Martial Art website via

The double side of Joe Ellis

The double side of the NAKMAS National Chair, Joe Ellis 7th Dan (Karate)

People in Focus met with Joe Ellis some years ago to discuss the English Tea Room Guide that Joe runs. People in Focus thought they would update the editorial by re-interviewing Joe.

Click here to view the editorial via pdf flip file.

Joe Ellis English Tea Room Guide website is via

Contact NAKMAS:
NAKMAS PO Box 262, Herne Bay, Kent, England, CT6 9AW

Telephone: 01227 370055 Fax: 01227 370056

Office Hours: Monday to Thursday: 9am until 4pm
Fridays: 9am until 3pm

While there is a member of staff or Management available as far as possible, during office hours, there are times when we use an intimate call centre. This is mostly first thing, last thing, at lunchtimes or in times of sickness or leave. If you leave them your name, club code, contact number and a brief message, we will endeavour to return your call as soon as we are available. Alternatively you can drop us an email to which we can respond instead.