Kent Karate Schools
Karate, Self Defence & Anti-Bullying
Established: 1983
National Black Belts
All Black Belts within our schools are nationally registered and accredited and awarded by NAKMAS external examiners
The qualification of a black belt is an important one and is taken very seriously within the Kent Karate Schools.

There are several black belts within the Kent Karate Schools, all are fully qualified, nationally registered and accredited black belts and are listed on the NAKMAS National Register of Qualified Black Belts

All black belts within the Kent Karate Schools have undergone strict black belt examination/grading by the NAKMAS National Governing Body Grading Panel. All examinations/gradings for black belt level are not club black belts, i.e not awarded by the club or assessed by any of the Kent Karate Schools black belts. They are all national black belts and examinations are conducted by an independent examination panel led by the chief black belt examiner, of at least 5th Dan in grade, or above.

The integrity of our schools is very important. By allowing an external chief examiner overseeing and awarding black belt grades ensures that there are no favouritism and that everyone is examined fairly, professionally and according to national standards, endorsed by the NAKMAS National Governing Body.

Click here to view and or download the Black Belt Guidelines 2018 via pdf

Black signifies the darkness beyond the Sun. A black belt seeks new, more profound knowledge of the Art. As he/she begins to teach others, he/she plants new seeds and helps them grow and mature. His/her students, many whom will form roots deep into the Art, blossom and grow through the ranks in a never-ending process of self-growth, knowledge, and enlightenment.
Shihan (Master) Instructors:
Shihan is a Master grade and is awarded to 5th, 6th and 7th Dans Black Belts within karate and they have considerable years of experience and knowledge and form part of the style technical development and progression
Shihan Joe Ellis 7th Dan
Chief Instructor
Shihan Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis 6th Dan
Assistant Chief Instructor
Shihan Mick Elcombe 6th Dan
Senior Instructor
Shihan Steve Keeler 5th Dan
Senior Instructor
Sensei (Teacher) Instructors:
Sensei is a senior teacher grade within karate and is awarded to 3rd and 4th Dan Black Belts and with the title comes considerable years of experience and knowledge:
Sensei Gavin Finn 4th Dan
Senior Instructor
Sensei Joshua Traylor 3rd Dan
Senior Instructor
Senpai (Senior) Instructors:
Senpai means 'senior' and is awarded to 1st and 2nd Dan Black Belt grades, which allows them to teach in their own right within karate and they have sound knowledge and experience
Senpai Ellis Finn 2nd Dan
Senpai Chloe Williams 2nd Dan
Senpai Joseph Waters 1st Dan
Senpai George Collins 1st Dan
Junior Black Belts:
Senpai means 'senior' and is awarded to 1st and 2nd Dan Black Belt grades, including junior black belts, which allows them to teach alongside an adult instructor of 1st Dan Black Belt or higher
Senpai Keeley Finn 2nd Dan
Junior Coach
Senpai Harry Henshaw 1st Dan
Junior Coach
Contact Admin Office
Kent Karate Schools, PO Box 262, Herne Bay, CT6 9AW
Telephone: 01227 370055
Fax: 01227 370056
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