Britain's only independent National Governing Body for traditional and modern martial arts established January 1992

What's New? Updated 17 February 2017
NAKMAS is accredited to The Equality Standard for Sport
17 Feb
NAKMAS national equality register
The NAKMAS National Register for those persons accredited to the NAKMAS Equality Awareness Development Module has today been updated.

To view the updated National Register, click here
Children at risk in Scotland
07 Feb
Scottish sports fall short in background checks for coaching children
Almost a third of sports in Scotland could have active coaches working with children without full background checks, BBC Scotland has learned.

Of 45 governing bodies responding, 14 said they may have unchecked coaches.

Swimming had 170 out of 915 coaches working with children who have not been checked as part of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.

Overall, there were 1,882 unchecked coaches out of 31,175 according to figures provided by Sportscotland.

(NAKMAS Note: All NAKMAS accredited instructors in Scotland have undertaken Enhanced Disclosure via NAKMAS, as the Registered Body for Disclosure Scotland)

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30 Jan
UK Welcomes Korean Sword Master for Introductory Seminar
Cheltenham, Sunday 29th January – Last Sunday saw European Haidong Gumdo Association's Head Master Han visit the UK to conduct a 3 hour seminar with UK students. This event was the first of its kind and was also attended by EUHGA's Master Corné, Master Han's personal UK student Instructor Matthew Gildersleeve, UKHGA's Instructor Kino from Scotland and Instructor Jones from Leicester, and UKHGA Head Instructor Harry Limer.

Known for its tough training exercises, power techniques and energetic sword patterns, Haidong Gumdo is a physically demanding martial art, which was reflected in Master Han's training. Students were taken through basic cutting exercises, sword forms and line work, with Master Han providing technical insight into how students handle and execute each and every sword movement. Detailed philosophy into how and why each movement is performed was also explained, enabling the participants to focus on their technique with more insight. This was put into practice at the end of the session, where wooden "Mokgums" were exchanged for foam sparring swords and used on padded shields to simulate an opponent.

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O'Keefe said the research was looking at external and internal motivations
30 Jan
Sport England to publish 'groundbreaking' research on attitudes and motivations
Sport England is preparing to publish a "groundbreaking" piece of research that logs people's attitudes and motivations to sport and physical activity.

The data will form part of the quango's Active Lives Survey, which replaced the Active People Survey as its method to measure the activity of the nation.

Earlier this week, Sport England released figures from its first Active Lives Survey, with headline details about the rates of physical activity, the popularity of certain physical activities and demographic data.

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Secure members log-in for the sharing of confidential information and documentation
29 Jan
Secure area for Chief Instructors and Secretaries
NAKMAS is now pleased to confirm that the NAKMAS Management secure site is now live, for all NAKMAS directly accredited Chief Instructors and Secretaries. (The secure area for all welfare officers went live in 2016).

The site includes important information, insurance and legal documentation. Log-in requests via this link, in order to access the site:
NAKMAS insurance is the only professional package not available elsewhere in the UK. Second to none..!
29 Jan
NAKMAS insurance update
NAKMAS has lowered the licensing age for children.

With immediate effect, children from 3 years old are now able to be licenced and insured via NAKMAS.

NAKMAS took the decision following legal advice, after being made aware that some affiliates have developed special classes for children from 3 years of age.

NAKMAS advises affiliates to ensure compliance to the NAKMAS welfare policy, which incorporates the NSPCC approved child protection policy.
Fully responsive and Google friendly websites 2017
25 Jan
NAKMAS, in conjunction with Dread Web Designs offers a free website to all direct members
What you will get for free for this unique NAKMAS offer, in conjunction with Dread Web Designs:

NAKMAS will issue your club or group with a unique url (website address); for example: and will create a web page (website), long read, with a menu if appropriate, to include photos, videos, club venues, times, days, address, news, events and results etc. This will be search engine optimised, and linked to your social media platforms, if any.

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19 Jan
Sooyang Do raises £1111.42 for local charity
Sooyang Do die hards have a splash on Boxing Day and raise £1111.42 for a local North East charity CLAN Cancer support.

A team of 7 Sooyang Do members joined a further 200participants (approx)at the Aberdeen's Lions Club annual "Nippy Dipper" in the North Sea.

Lead by pipers and Aberdeen's Lord Provost they headed down to meet their challenger, the North Sea.

Up to their waists in water with doboks on they battled against the elements and performed a number of martial art drills in true martial art spirit until the final bell was rang.

Was it cold ? NO, BALTIC, Worth it? ABSOLUTELY.

The £1111.42 that was raised was added to the total that had been raised by a 12 hour Focus mitt challenge earlier in the year making the 2016 total raised for CLAN a tremendous £5094.22.

Check out Sooyang Do page by visiting
Jackie Chan with Jaden Smith in the Karate Kid
19 Aug '16
NAKMAS feature: Benefits of Martial Arts for Children
Are you a fitness enthusiast?
Are you keen to initiate your child into martial arts?

Well, if you can relate to the above situations reading this post may be a good idea!

Do you feel that martial arts training may make your child turn violent and aggressive? Worry no more! Read this article to find out how learning martial arts can aid your child's psychological, physical as well as behavioural development.

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Archived NAKMAS News
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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
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In the public spotlight: news about NAKMAS and its members

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

MAI Grass Roots
MAI October 2016 issue
NAKMAS: Martial arts for children

NAKMAS highlights the benefits of martial arts within Martial Arts Illustrated (MAI) October 2016 issue

Children from all walks of life and of all ages can benefit from martial arts within the United Kingdom and NAKMAS has put the case over via a four page editorial feature inside the MAI magazine.

Click here to view the editorial via pdf file.

Autism & Martial Arts
By NAKMAS' Director of Operations, Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis 6th Dan
Autism and Martial Arts - By Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis

NAKMAS' Director of Operations, Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis 6th Dan writes about Autism in the Martial Arts.

This book offers a start to finish guide for potential autistic students, their parents and for teachers who are or want to teach students with autism.The book is not about autism theory per se, but is a practical guide aimed at young autistic individuals who want to take up a martial art, but need to know more.

Hardback - ISBN: 978-0-9933142-0-9 - About £12 from Amazon or £10 inclusive via NAKMAS.

Click here to order via NAKMAS or click here to order via Amazon UK.

Click here to view the short Author video via Vimeo.

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 Facebook page 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.