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What's New? - Updated 16 October 2017
Latest news and updates from NAKMAS, external partners and others
Durham Sports and Physical Activity Awards
NAKMAS' Brett Wilkinson 6th Dan Wins Award
NAKMAS is pleased and proud to announce that one of the Nakmas Chief Instructors, Brett Wilkinson 6th Dan of the Shikkari Karate Kai was nominated for and won 'coach of the year 2017' last week at the active Durham Sports and Physical Activity Awards.

Brett is now through to a bigger awards ceremony within a larger area with this award taking place in January 2018.

Brett can be seen on the photo below, first left on the front line.

Sport & Physical Activity Awards in Durham
New NAKMAS A6 Anti-Bullying Cards
Free to all direct NAKMAS affiliates
NAKMAS is pleased to announce that it is now offering free NAKMAS Anti-Bullying Flyer/Cards. These cards will be A6, 170gsm, gloss printed both sides, and will be personalised with the NAKMAS affiliate details upon them (as per real/actual example below).

Cards are ideal for shop windows, sports/leisure centre counters, school receptions, letterbox distribution and street hand-outs.

The introduction of these new cards follows the highly successful A3/A4 NAKMAS Anti-Bullying posters, which are also free and are still being offered by NAKMAS.

The NAKMAS Anti-Bullying A3/A4 posters and A6 Flyer/Cards are offered free to all direct affiliates of Nakmas

Libby Ellison MCIJ
NAKMAS Press/Media Officer
NAKMAS' New A6 Anti-Bullying Flyer/Card
Prime Minister's Award
The UK Prime Minister recognises Dr Sandra's autism volunteering
Rt Hon Theresa May MP Prime Minister
"Through your campaigning, you have encouraged thousands of children with autism to get involved in sports and recreation activities outside of the classroom. You have used your own experiences to promote greater inclusion for the next generation, and you should be proud of what you have achieved."

Read more via
Shocked about the Prime Minister's announcement Dr Sandra Beale Ellis 6th Dan
View the online press release issued by NAKMAS by clicking here
Aberdeen Sports Council Awards
Sooyang Do Martial Arts Scotland takes awards at the Abderdeen Sports Council Awards
The UKSA are delighted to announce that two of our most experienced instructors, Mrs Colleen McIver and Mr David Bremner, have been officially recognised by Aberdeen Sports Council, with Mrs McIver being voted Club Person of the Year and Mr Bremner being voted Coach of the Year. On hearing the news, Master Wood said: "I am absolutely delighted to hear that two of my most loyal, hard working and inspirational instructors have been recognised for the work that they do and their recognition is fully merited. We have a fantastic team of instructors, from the most experienced Chief Instructors to the novice Junior Leaders, as witnessed during recent belt examinations and charity events, and Mrs McIver and Mr Bremner are vital in continuing to provide an example for less experienced students and instructors to follow"

Abderdeen Sports Council Awards
Sooyang Do martial arts charity event
CLAN cancer relief is the main charity that will benefit from this Sooyang Do fund raising event
Saturday night saw a dedicated team of around 100 martial artists from award winning North East martial art Sooyang Do Club taking on a 13 hour through the night fundraising martial art training session based on the unique Sooyang Do focus mitt drills.

Was it easy? No. Worth it? Absolutely!

Starting at 7pm at the Westdyke Leisure Centre in Westhill, Aberdeen on Saturday night and ending at 8am on Sunday morning, dedicated students of all ages showed true martial art indomitable spirit by training throughout the night and NEVER giving up.

This was the 10th such event and last one for Westhill Chief Instructor and original organiser Dave Bremner - "having done this for so long now, its time for this 60 plus year old martial art instructor to step back and let the younger instructors take over and make this event even more successful".

CLAN cancer relief is the main charity that will benefit from this Sooyang Do fund raising event, the full extent of the efforts won't be know for a few weeks although £2000 was taken in on the night, every penny was hard fought for.

This years event had a great team of Instructors, students and helpers and we received great donations from Tesco, Haigs Food Hall and Warburtons, who supplied refreshments for the participants.


NAKMAS NGB Guide to Membership 2017
Joining NAKMAS offers the greatest protection, not simply just about being a direct member
NAKMAS really is keen to support its key members: Chief Instructors, Secretaries and Welfare Officers, which is why NAKMAS opens itself to external accreditation bodies to ensure we get it right and are annually externally audited to ensure we are fully compliant

Membership, Insurance, Legal Protection, DBS Disclosures and Welfare are some of the key areas of NAKMAS' operation; but most importantly, the support to its key members is crucial, dealing with grass roots issues, help with their club promotion, ensuring affiliates are treated fairly, not only by NAKMAS but also by members of the public, local authorities, government departments and others

NAKMAS protects its members, and we will not tolerate interference or abuse upon them. We are here to support our members, which is a central tenet of NAKMAS' why not consider joining NAKMAS today?

Click here to view the NAKMAS NGB Guide to Membership 2017

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

Sooyang-Do Martial Arts Mother's Day grading
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".

To read more and view a selection of photographs, click here

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.