A message from the NAKMAS National Management Committee
As the Coronavirus continues to impact communities around the world, our thoughts are with all individuals personally affected and the dedicated medical professionals working to protect us. During this time of great uncertainty, we want to send a message of support to our members.
The health and wellbeing of our community is our primary concern and in these challenging times, we must stand together. We are impressed to see the resilience with which our members are facing this unprecedented situation.
At NAKMAS we are working hard to limit the impact of the virus for our members. We take our role in supporting you, your club and/or your business very seriously and recognise the trust you have placed in us as a membership organisation. We want to reassure you that we are continuously evaluating and exploring how we can best support you during this challenging time.
While NAKMAS can only offer limited legal advice, we strongly recommend all instructors/clubs/groups follow the guidance laid out by the Government and the World Health Organisation that all social gatherings should be postponed until a safer time. In line with this NAKMAS recommends that classes, gradings and courses are temporarily cancelled after the weekend in line with school closures.
NAKMAS is in discussions with the insurers concerning the NAKMAS insurance scheme about extending the insurance period over the time of inactivity given that there is little or no exposure during that time.
NAKMAS has also issued a press release
asking the government to consider financial assistance for self-employed, freelance and sole traders who don't necessarily have business premises but work alone in the leisure industry supporting, educating and providing sporting opportunities for the public.
Our Head Office is open as usual to receive and process new/renewal memberships, DBS applications and clearances, registration of grades etc. It is an ideal time to ensure Disclosures received are logged at Head Office or perhaps complete an equality module while you have time. Our aim is to maintain our service as far as possible through this unprecedented period.
We recommend you try to keep in touch with your members if you can, a few ideas:
• sending out a bulletin with some ideas for solo training, quizzes, information about aspects of training etc
• recording class videos which could be distributed
• Issuing homework for junior members which could be emailed back for comments
• Deliver historical and technical knowledge through virtual media
Adult members who have DBS checks – charities like Age UK and local foodbanks are crying out for volunteers currently. Show the community that martial artists care… it may bring some new students when you reopen as well! Send us your stories to publish on social media.
NAKMAS will be regularly publishing any updates to this advice. We are basing all our actions and advice on facts, following information provided from trusted governmental sources, the World Health Organisation and others.
Although I'm the National Chair, I'm not a paid employee of NAKMAS but a volunteer. I myself head the Kent Karate Schools
and have been in martial arts for 43 years, a significant amount of time as a full-time professional instructor. I have also Chaired three national martial arts governing bodies during my professional career.
As a fellow chief instructor, and co-founder of NAKMAS, I feel a huge sense of empathy and moral duty to provide professional and personal support to every chief instructor or head of organisation within NAKMAS. My heart goes out to you all; please be aware that you can contact me at any time through the Head Office.
If you need anything from us, do not hesitate to get in touch. We will do our best.
Wishing you all good health,
Joe Ellis, National Chair
For and on behalf of the
NAKMAS National Management Committee Click here to view the NAKMAS press release dated the 19 March 2020
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