The Reverend Joe Ellis - ITV Meridian News - aired on the March 22, 2024
Reverend | Karate | Autism | Anti-Bullying
The Reverend Joe Ellis, who has been studying and practicing karate for more than 47 years, founded the Kent Karate Schools in July 1983. He currently holds the rank of 8th Dan grandmaster. He has presided over three national governing bodies, including NAKMAS Official Martial Arts, where he volunteered for approximately 32 years, Karate England, and The All British Karate Organisation. Presently holding the position of chief executive at NAKMAS (part time) he exerts considerable influence at a national level. Notwithstanding one's ordination as a minister, religion does not exert any influence on the evolution of karate within the Kent Karate Schools.
Joe, an adult clinically diagnosed with autism, understands that autism is not a burden but rather an advantage in life!
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The Schools have an impressive list of senior adult black belts. They are: The Reverend Joe Ellis (8th Dan/Hanshi), Mick Elcombe (7th Dan/Shihan), Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis (7th Dan/Shihan), Steve Keeler (6th Dan/ Shihan), Joshua Traylor (4th Dan/Sensei), Ellis Finn (3rd Dan/Sensei), Chloe Williams (3rd Dan/Sensei). Other black belts include Harry Henshaw (2nd Dan/Senpai), Jack Hammond (2nd Dan/Senpai) and Ayla Fahie (1st Dan/Senpai).

Lots of other black belts have left and are studying at university and some have moved overseas.

All black belts are nationally recognised, nationally registered and fully qualified black belts. To view the NAKMAS National Register of Qualified Black Belts click here
The following is a list of the locations where you or your child can receive instruction from educators who are both skilled and highly experienced and fully qualified to NVQ coaching standards.

—The Reverend Joe Ellis, Chief Instructor

The Towers School, Ashford, 5 until 6pm - Children Only

Ramsgate Leisure Centre, 5 until 6pm - Children Only

St Peter's Church Hall, St Peter's, 5 until 6pm - Children Only

Thanington Resource Centre, Canterbury. 7.15 until 8.45pm - Adults Only

Hartsdown Leisure Centre, Margate, 5 until 6pm - Children Only

Kendall Hall at St Marys Bredin, 59 Nunnery Fields, Canterbury CT1 3JN, 9 until 10am - Children only (temporary venue as Kingsmead Leisure Centre is being completely refurbished).

Ashford Stour Centre, Ashford, 11.15am until 12.15pm - Children Only
Affiliation and Accreditation
Our institution is a founding and full member of NAKMAS Official Martial Arts; accredited with the NAKMAS Safe Kids Campaign; all black belt awards are NAKMAS nationally accredited; and all instructors have completed a DBS-enhanced disclosure check and are cleared for working alongside children and vulnerable adults.
NAKMAS website
NAKMAS Safe Kids
NAKMAS National Black Belts

Contact the Kent Kent Karate Schools:
PO Box 630, Ashford, Kent, TN23 9AQ
Telephone: 01227 370055
(From 10am until 2pm Mon to Fri)
Text/SMS (24/7): 07908683134
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