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What's New? - Updated 17 July 2017
Latest news and updates from NAKMAS, external partners and others
NAKMAS calls in Police
Fake NAKMAS black belts circulating
NAKMAS calls in Police following the issuing of fake NAKMAS black belt certificates circulating across Tyne & Wear.

A full statement will be issued by NAKMAS as soon as possible.

Libby Ellison - NAKMAS Press/Media Officer

Joe Ellis - NAKMAS Chair
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
Karen Bradley welcomes DCMS Ministers
Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport Karen Bradley has today announced her full ministerial team and their portfolios.
The ministerial team is as follows:

Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport:

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for strategy and policy across the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The Department's main policy areas are:

  • arts and culture
  • broadcasting
  • creative industries
  • cultural property, heritage and the historic environment
  • digital economy
  • gambling and racing
  • libraries
  • media ownership and mergers
  • museums and galleries
  • The National Lottery
  • Office for Civil Society
  • sport
  • telecommunications and online
  • tourism
Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital:

  • broadband and mobile connectivity
  • broadcasting
  • creative industries
  • cyber security
  • data
  • Digital Charter
  • digital economy
  • digital skills and inclusion
  • digital technology
  • internet governance
  • media
  • online safety
  • spectrum
  • telecoms markets and resilience
Tracey Crouch MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society:

  • gambling
  • horse racing
  • Office for Civil Society
  • sport
  • The National Lottery and society lotteries
John Glen MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism:

  • arts
  • culture
  • heritage
  • public libraries
  • museums
  • National Archives
  • tourism
Lord Ashton of Hyde, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State:

  • ceremonials
  • DCMS business in the Lords
  • First World War commemoration

Full details via the Government website. Click here to go straight to page

NSPCC chief lifts the lid on safeguarding challenges in sport
National governing bodies and other sports organisations have work to do to improve their safeguarding capabilities, according to the chief executive of the NSPCC
Talking at the Sport Recreation Alliance's Sport Summit 2017, Peter Wanless explained that while the majority of the 200 sports bodies assessed by the organisation's Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) met the "highest level of standards" for safeguarding, there were "gaps".

Young elite athletes were at the "highest risk of abuse", said Wanless, who added that no UK Sport funded national governing bodies had achieved the CPSU's "advanced level" of safeguarding and demonstrated "various levels of achievement".

Worryingly, CPSU research revealed that 100-plus sports bodies not funded by UK Sport or the sports councils have limited safeguarding requirements imposed in them, and have no equivalent to the CPSU - which was set up in association with UK Sport and Sport England – to monitor them.

Wanless added that when Sport England gave the CPSU funding to launch a pilot with six of those bodies they were "extremely hard to engage with, required high degrees of support and were vulnerable to safeguarding being deprioritised".

The physical and emotional safeguarding of children and adults in sport was a key pillar of the Duty of Care report published by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson last month. Anne Tiivas, who heads up the CPSU, was part of the advisory board to the report.

Recommendations in the report relating to the CPSU's work include extending the definitions of 'position of trust' to sports coaches so that stringent checks are made before they are allowed to supervise the care of children.

Wanless said he hoped the work done by the previous government recognising these issues would continue immediately following the General Election in June, regardless of which party is in power.

NAKMAS Comment:

"The NSPCC and the CPSU needs to address the concerns raised to them from NAKMAS. Peter Wanless talk at the Summit 2017 has triggered NAKMAS to write to him raising points that are needed to be urgently addressed, specifically by the NSPCC and CPSU"

- Joe Ellis - NAKMAS Chair

R.I.P. Shihan Cyril Cummins 8th Dan
Former KUGB/JKA senior instructor loses battle to cancer
It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Shihan Cyril Cummins 8th Dan (pictured below), Chief Instructor and founder of Birmingham and Halesowen Shotokan Karate Club has passed away after a short battle with cancer. Shihan Cummins was a pioneer of karate in the West Midlands originally starting training in 1964 initially gaining his shodan in 1966 with the Budo of Great Britain. After training with sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa he later retook his shodan with the KUGB / JKA in 1968. He continued to grade with the top Japanese sensei within the JKA receiving his 6th Dan from Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda. Shihan Cummins remained with the KUGB / JKA for many years as a senior instructor, grading examiner and national referee. During this time he was a constant fixture at Sensei Enoeda's Crystal Palace training courses, training on every one of Sensei Enoeda's courses from 1967 until Sensei Enoeda's death. He was also a regular instructor in Sweden for the Spring Course for almost two decades. He appeared on the covers of Combat, Traditional Karate and Shotokan Magazine being inducted into the "Combat" and "Martial Arts Illustrated" Halls of Fame as well as appearing many times in the press and media.

Shihan Cummins was known as the Trainer of Champions, training many champions over his over 50 years of training including National, European and World Champions including renowned competitors such as Sensei Ronnie Canning and Sensei Ronnie Christopher. Many of his students have also gone on to become instructors in their own right continuing his legacy in karate.

Read more via clicking here
Respected NAKMAS Chief/Senior Instructor, Cyril Cummins 8th Dan
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

New higher/senior grade promotions within NAKMAS
The NAKMAS National Management Committee recently met and some senior members were promoted to higher grades
Following the meeting of the NAKMAS National Management Committee held on Monday 24 April 2017 held at Eastwell Manor, Ashford, Kent, NAKMAS is pleased to confirm that the following NAKMAS senior members have been promoted, following audit, assessment and accreditation:

Allan Jones 9th Dan
Mervyn O'Donnell 8th Dan
Christian Freke 6th Dan
Terry Beale 6th Dan
Jeffrey Evans 5th Dan
Norman McCaffrey 5th Dan
Edward Duckworth 5th Dan
Stuart Duggan 5th Dan
Richard Bakewell 5th Dan
Charlie O'Neill 5th Dan
John Merrill 5th Dan
David Savage 5th Dan
Ralph Betteridge 5th Dan
Kirsty Underwood 4th Degree
Alan Hay 4th Dan
Garry Bogacki 4th Dan
Phillip Hale 4th Dan
William Kay 4th Dan
George Hughes 4th Dan
Stephen Goodhand 4th Dan
Jason Salisbury 4th Dan

NAKMAS would like to congratulate the above senior members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the martial arts.

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.