NAKMAS National Governing Body

All about NAKMAS; it's officers, staff and structure
NAKMAS was formed in January 1992 following the defunct Martial Arts Commission (MAC).
NAKMAS, with 40,000 members, is Britain's only independent National Governing Body for both traditional and modern martial arts. This is compensated for by the participation of 20% adults and 80% youngsters from diverse backgrounds who practise various martial arts.

NAKMAS encourages adults and children, both able-bodied and impaired, to participate in martial arts, with a special interest and expertise in individuals on the autistic spectrum. Autism has affected two key members of the NAKMAS National Management Committee.

The British Standards Institution has certified and accredited NAKMAS to the International Quality Management System (ISO 9001:2015) as well as the government-recognized Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport (Intermediate Level). The organisation takes equality and quality concerns very seriously, and it has a highly effective Welfare Policy that was designed with the NSPCC's aid.

For more insight into the NAKMAS National Governing Body read the NAKMAS brochure entitled: "NAKMAS: The Fundamentals - Updated January 2024" by clicking here

NAKMAS National Management Committee
  • NAKMAS National Chair - Aaron Harris
    Aaron Harris 6th Dan
  • NAKMAS National Deputy Chair - Richard Fowler
    Richard Fowler 7th Dan

  • NAKMAS National Committee Officer - Steve Keeler
    Steve Keeler 6th Dan

    Steve is a 5th dan black belt in Tsuyoi Ryu Karate which finds its roots in Kyukushin karate. Steve has been training actively since 1992 under Rev Joe Ellis and has never sought to become an instructor himself, purely for the fact that he enjoys the training and community that karate continues to give him.

    Steve has trained across the country and has a history of being a robust and strong full contact fighter.

    Steve also has a 1st dan black belt in Judo under the British Judo Association. His Judo journey started in 1985 and is still a very capable Judoka whenever he steps onto the mat.

    Steve has been a committee member since 2017 and has helped Sandra with several policy updates, more recently being the Equality Module.

    Steve enjoys strength training three times a week and strangely, he has managed to achieve a world record by deadlifting 129.5kg with just his middle finger for eight seconds in 2022, a record which is yet to be broken today.

    Professionally, Steve is a multi site manager in the automotive industry, a passion which transfers into his love of cars, motorcycles and 1980’s BMX’s.
    Personally, Steve is engaged to his beautiful fiancé Nicki. He lives in a small village in Kent called Shepherdswell with Nicki and his cat Brian.
  • NAKMAS National Committee Officer - Kelly McFie
    Kelly McFie 4th Dan

    Kelly McFie, 41, holds a 4th Dan Black Belt in Kickboxing, and a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Ashihara Karate. Kelly first started training, age 7, in Shotokan Karate before falling in love with Ashihara Karate and then Kickboxing. She was awarded her 4th Dan Kickboxing in 2020 by the NAKMAS National Comittee.
    Kelly is the Chief Instructor of TMAC Kickboxing, which she runs alongside her husband.

    Professionally, Kelly is a Certified Nutritionist, Personal Trainer & Tutor. She is Company Director of a nutrition & fitness company, and has over 20 year’s experience in the health, fitness and wellness industry.

    Kelly is a proud Mum to her 13 year old son, and has two labradors and two cats.
  • NAKMAS National Chief Executive - The Reverend Joe Ellis
    Rev Joe Ellis 8th Dan

    Joe was the National Chair of the NAKMAS National Governing Body from its inception in 1992 until February 2024. This was a voluntary and unpaid position. For the better part of the past 32 years, Joe has been at the forefront of NAKMAS and its many accomplishments. On February 1, 2024, he was appointed as the organisation's new part-time paid chief executive after stepping down as the national chair.

    Joe has presided over two other national governing bodies, TABKO (The All British Karate Organisation) and KE (Karate England), has been a karate practitioner for just over 47 years and 43 years as a coach, and currently possesses an 8th Dan in karate and a 1st Dan in Ju Jitsu.

    Autism, which Joe was clinically diagnosed in 2008, presents difficulties, particularly as he ages. Dr. Sandra Beale-Ellis, who is also autistic and a seventh-degree black belt in karate, is his wife. In 1992, they both founded NAKMAS.

    They have two dogs: a Yorkshire terrier and a Yorkiepoo. They both reside in a tiny village just outside of Hythe, Kent.

    To obtain additional information about Joe, please click here
  • NAKMAS Director of Operations - Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis
    Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis 7th Dan

  • NAKMAS Designated Safeguarding Lead - Helen Bradman
    Helen Bradman
Advisors to the NAKMAS National Management Committee:
Sarah White - Treasurer/Accountant
Jason Sinclair - Legal Advisor
Libby Ellison - Press & Media
NAKMAS Structure
Sport & Recreation Alliance - Full Member
The Association for International Sport For All
BSI - British Standards Institution (UKAS & ANAB)
The Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport
Anti-Bullying Alliance (Core Member)
National Autistic Society (NAS)
Member Wise

NAKMAS is a Registered Body with the DBS
Organisation Reference Number: 20293900000

NAKMAS is a Registered Body with Disclosure Scotland
Registered Body Code: NAT8176

NAKMAS is registered under the Data Protection Act 1998
Registration Number: Z980656X

'NAKMAS' and the NAKMAS logo are registered Trade Marks
Registration Numbers: 2504609 / 2564884
Click here to see list of Trade Marks owned by NAKMAS

NAKMAS Limited (Dormant)
Company Registration Number: 05633490


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Sarah White

Equality Standard for Sport

The Standard is owned by the 5 Sports Councils through the Sports Councils Equality Group (SCEG). It is recognised by the UK government.

The first ever equality Standard for sport was launched in November 2004. It was last updated and re-launched by SCEG in March 2012 to ensure it remained fit for purpose and reflected the latest equality legislation.

NAKMAS is accredited to the Standard at Intermediate Level and has been accredited to the Standard since June 2008.

National & International Quality Standard via the British Standard Institution (BSI) - UK (UKAS) and USA (ANAB/ANSI)

About ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management:

ISO 9001 is the internationally recognized Quality Management System (QMS) standard that benefits NAKMAS and is recognised by the UK & USA governments. Designed to be a powerful business improvement tool, ISO 9001 Quality Management certification helps NAKMAS to:

  • Continually improve, streamline operations and reduce costs
  • Win more business and compete in tenders (media and press projects and government endorsed schemes)
  • Satisfy NAKMAS members
  • Be more resilient and build a sustainable organisation to business standards
  • Shows NAKMAS strong corporate governance commitment
  • Work effectively with stakeholders, supply chains and working partners
NAKMAS has been certified (UK) and accredited (USA) to the Quality Management System since August 1998 and takes pride in its working partnership with the British Standards Institution, a body that holds a Royal Charter.

Although NAKMAS is a non-for-profit and non-funded organisation, the ISO 9001 allows NAKMAS to apply businesss standards to ensure NAKMAS it is highly effective in all areas of its operation and governance.

The certificate issued by the British Standards Institution, confirming NAKMAS' Quality Management System to ISO 9001:2015 (UKAS and ANAB) can be viewed online or can be downloaded via pdf by clicking here

NAKMAS’ certified and accreditation marks:

NAKMAS National Governing Body
PO Box 630, Ashford, Kent, TN23 9AQ
Telephone: 01227 370055 (Monday to Friday 10am until 2pm)
Text/SMS: 07908683134 (24/7)