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What's New? - Updated 23 January 2020
Latest news and updates from NAKMAS, external partners and others

Brandon Smith (pictured above) 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

It is with much regret that the NAKMAS National Management Committee has decided to cancel the NAKMAS National Children’s Martial Arts Championships that was going to be held in Sunday 02 February 2020.

The reason for the cancellation is due to the very low number of entries, that would have resulted in a substantial financial loss to NAKMAS. We apologise, very sincerely, for those that have submitted entries but are now unable to compete.

NAKMAS has today extensively updated the NAKMAS secure area for NAKMAS chief instructors and secretaries, and an email has been sent to all those chief instructors and secretaries that have registered to have access to secure area.

Regrettably, a high number of emails has bounced back as 'undelivered'. Probably due to a change of email. It is the responsibility of the accredited affiliate to inform NAKMAS of a change of email.

Access to the secure area can be made via the following NAKMAS web page:

NAKMAS would like to congratulate the following NAKMAS senior black belts who were promoted by the NAKMAS National Management Committeeon Monday 25 November 2019 at the NAKMAS Honbu Dojo, following audit and assessment:

Philip Gordon 7th Dan
Frederick Minns 7th Dan
Peter Oxley 7th Dan
Garry Barnes 7th Dan
James Kirkwood 6th Dan
Neil Jones 6th Dan
Dave Parry 5th Dan
Vernon Price 5th Dan
Gerard Maguire 5th Dan
Matthew White 4th Dan
Craig Brenkley 4th Dan
Jim Garvie 4th Dan

Very well done to all.

From Monday 30 September, the office hours of the NAKMAS Head Office will change to Monday to Friday 10am – 3pm. During these hours we can usually ensure that there is a staff member present who can deal with enquiries rather than simply take messages (notwithstanding unforeseen sick leave).

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 has uploaded two new updated 2019 NAKMAS Safeguarding Policies and these are now linked from this home page
Click here to download the new Policies

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."

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
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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