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What's New? - Updated 04 August 2020
Latest news and updates from NAKMAS, external partners and others
NAKMAS Head Office is still open during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Temporary Office Hours: Monday to Friday 10am until 2pm
We want to support our members during this crisis


NAKMAS have published, via this website, urgent updated Coronavirus guidance to all NAKMAS accredited members.

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Urgent Coronavirus

NAKMAS now issues NAKMAS Covid-19 compliance certificates for free. Click 'Urgent Coronavirus' link for full details including the NAKMAS Covid-19 Compliance Certificate Register - Updated 04 August 2020.

NAKMAS would like to congratulate the following NAKMAS senior black belts who were promoted by the NAKMAS National Management Committee on Tuesday 19 May 2020, following audit and assessment:

7th Dan Peter M Roberts (post humous)
6th Dan John Gibson
6th Degree Mark Woods
5th Dan Jason Rogers
4TH Dan Luke Yates
4th Dan Lisa Lewin
4th Dan Jason Harrold

NAKMAS have issued further guidance relating to coaching martial arts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read or download the guidance via this link:

Guidance for Personal Trainers & Coaches

The Children's Commissioner has published a Children's Guide to Coronavirus.

Read or download the Guide via this link:

Children's Guide to Coronavirus

NAKMAS has published a message from Joe Ellis, the NAKMAS National Chair.

Read or download the message via this link:

NAKMAS National Chair

NAKMAS has published urgent insurance and legal advice to all accredited affiliates.

Read or download the urgent advice via this link:

Urgent Insurance and Legal Advice

During the regular NAKMAS coronavirus updates, NAKMAS stresses the importance of keeping in touch with your members. Today's update looks at ways to do this.


Many direct affiliates are setting up Facebook Groups in order to continue the contact with their members and in some cases, offering training sessions via the Group.

It is vital that Facebook Groups are set as a Closed (now known as Private) Groups restricting access to club members only or other NAKMAS members, if appropriate.

There can be issues with Facebook Groups when members or students start to engage in discussion. Heated debates can arise, and this can cause issues if you have children and vulnerable people in the Group.

You can set up 'Post Approval'. However, this can put members off as they must wait a while for the post to be approved. Posts can be approved quickly if you have several admins or moderators appointed, but they must have rules to follow by the founder or creator of the Group, otherwise they will conflict with each other.

The other issue is set the Group as 'Post Approval' and then inform members that that will be switched off either at certain times of the days when tuition, advice or discussion is taken place by the chief instructor or instructors, or set an actual time of the sessions. For example, 'Facebook Group training is each day between 6 and 8pm'. During this time, the 'Post Approval' can be switched off.

You can simply allow posts to be automatically approved but then posts need to be closely monitored by admins and moderators. This is essential and vital.

NAKMAS insurance and legal protection is operative and members should be covered even if you have online training or communication regularly with your members, due to advice and discussion taken place.


The posting of newsletters can be used or online news bulletins via your website and social media platforms.


When the good / warm weather arrives, outside training can be offered providing lots of distance between each member is observed.

Location is vital and keeping well away from members of the public. You could cone off the area and allow spectators to watch from the distance and ensure you have leaflets available to promote your classes at the same time!


Easy and cheap, even if the conference is brief, allows members to ask you questions and see if all is OK.


YouTube video instruction could be offered, and videos shared to the Group, website and social media platforms.


WhatsApp or similar apps can be used, but strictly for adults and not for children. Grooming could take place and this needs to be avoided.

Brandon Smith a 14-year-old from Aycliffe, Dover in Kent, has received the award for his outstanding commitment to Taekwondo, seven years of courage and determination and achievement of his junior 1st Dan, despite having cerebral palsy and hemiplegia.

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Brandon Smith Press Release

NAKMAS has issued a statement with regards to the use of 'Injury Waiver Forms'.

To view the statement visit the following link:

NAKMAS have issued a important clarification relating to NAKMAS assistant instructors licences.

To view the statement visit the following link:

NAKMAS is becoming increasingly concerned about the safety and wellbeing of children who attend a martial arts school accredited and recognised by the NAKMAS National Governing Body.

The concern relates to children being dropped off outside of a venue by parents or guardians assuming that the martial arts class is running. This may not be the case, due to class cancellation or perhaps whether the instructor is running late for the class or has had an incident en-route to the class.

Read more via the following link (pdf):

The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) legislation comes into force from 25 May 2018. More information about the GDPR is available on the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) website:

NAKMAS is committed to process any personal information it holds only in ways that are fair, transparent and meet its legal obligations; in other words, in accordance with the Data Protection Act and its successor the General Data Protection Regulations.

NAKMAS will take care over email addresses which in addition to the GDPR are subject to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR).

Please read the NAKMAS Privacy Policy, which sets out how data is used by NAKMAS to supply membership services.

We have also updated some of our forms to fulfil our legal obligations for ongoing consent: affiliation application, student and instructor licence forms, so far. Please use the forms from the downloads section of our website rather than old copies. The DBS packs also now include an additional form for consent.

Guidelines for instructors are included in this pack, along with a sample form which can be used in your clubs, and a form of consent which needs to be completed and returned to us before the deadline of 25 May 2018.

Data Protection Principles

The legislation sets out various data protection principles. These include that personal information is:

*Used fairly and lawfully
*Used for limited, specifically stated purposes
*Used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive
*Kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary
*Kept safe and secure
*Not transferred outside the European Economic Area without adequate protection

The Privacy Policy also sets out how you can exercise your rights. You can read more about your rights at

We also recommend a training module with Educare which is certificated, gives a CPD point, and can be done online for a low cost in approximately an hour. This is easy to understand and will give you a general overview of GDPR. This can be found at should you wish to do this.

The website and social media feeds will be updated as we get information and with any changes of documentation.

GDPR Compliant NAKMAS Forms

The NAKMAS Afffiliation Application Form (NAK008), Instructor Licence/Insurance Form (NAK012) and the Student Licence/Insurance Application Form (NAK011) have been updated to ensure GDPR compliance. These forms are now online ready for use.

Other documentation will soon be available to ensure GDPR compliance.

Download the new forms via:
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."

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Shocked about the Prime Minister's announcement Dr Sandra Beale Ellis 6th Dan
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NAKMAS News Archives
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17 April '18 - Leo Manifold wins NAKMAS Star Award Read More

09 Jan '18 - Concerns raised about inadequate insurances to martial arts clubs Read More

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

Telephone: 01227 370055 Fax: 01227 370056

Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 10am 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.
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