Kent Karate Schools
Karate, Self Defence & Anti-Bullying
Established: 1983
What's New?
Updated Karate News - Updated: 14 May 2018
New Shihan
Congratulations to our new Shihan, Steve Keeler 5th Dan (pictured below) who was today promoted by the NAKMAS National Management Committee.

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Area Kata Course
The next kata course will be held at Kingsmead, Canterbury on Sunday 20 May 2018 from 10.30am until 12.30pm

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Amended Venues
Please note that the Park Farm session has been moved to Great Chart Village Hall, now on a Tuesday's from 5 until 6pm and that the Hythe class has now closed. See below for Class Schedule for 2018.
Prime Minister's Award
The Karate Schools is delighted to hear that the Prime Minister has issued our Assistant Chief Instructor, Dr Sandra, a Prime Minister's award for her autism volunteering.

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Learning karate doesn't have to be aggressive or dangerous. Given the right environment, a knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher and a student with bags of motivation, the experience can be fun, inspirational, and educational… matter who you are or what your needs
Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis 6th Dan, Leading Educationalist & Author / Joint Chief Instructor
Why Join Us?
Established in July 1983, the Kent Karate Schools is Kent's leading
A well established karate school since 1983 offering authentic Japanese karate to all members of the community from busy adults to active kids. Karate, self defence, fitness and anti bullying is taught within a traditional format but using modern educational tools proven and tested. We lead the field in educational karate!
Children's Classes
Children's classes are well structured and are educational
Children's classes are well structured to ensure well disciplined children learning within a fun and enjoyable environment with all coaches qualified to ensure that the child progresses to black belt and beyond. Children with high functioning autism also progress very well within our schools. Educational karate and anti bullying is key.

Children's karate brochure and prices click here
Adult Classes
Adult classes consist of traditional karate but include a modern take
Adult classes very much follow the Japanese karate training but also include modern concepts and a very effective self defence programme. Adults strive within a friendly and a very supportive environment.

Adult karate brochure and prices click here
Class Schedule 2018
Days, venues and google links to the addresses of all classes:
Towers Schools, Ashford, 5-6pm Children
Ramsgate Sports Centre, 5.30-6.30pm Children
Great Chart Village Hall, Ashford, 5-6pm Children
Thanington Resource Centre, Canterbury, 7.30-9pm Adults
St Peter's Church Hall, Broadstairs, 5-6pm Children
Wye Village Hall, Nr Ashford, 4.45-5.45pm Children
Hartsdown Leisure Centre, Margate, 5-6pm Children
Kingsmead Leisure Centre, Canterbury, 9-10am Children
The Phoenix Centre, Sandwich, 9-10am Children
Hawkinge Community Centre, Hawkinge, Nr Folkstone, 11.15-12.15pm Children
Ashford Stour Centre, Ashford, 11.15-12.15pm Children

Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis
Leading Educationalist
Sensing The City
How do the sights, smells, and sounds of a city affect the senses of people with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)?

Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis explores the sensory benefits and challenges of cities for people with an ASC and invites readers to understand the different ways in which they can experience a city from a sensory perspective. Sandra, who has been clinically diagnosed as having Asperger's Syndrome, describes how she experiences the city through the lens of ASC, picking up on things that a neurotypical (non-autistic) person might not. As well as introducing the wonders of the city that neurotypical people rarely see, this book also provides readers who have an ASC with solutions to the negative or overwhelming sensory experiences that a city can bring about. The book covers four main areas of city life: travel, eating out, entertainment and living.

Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Autism and Martial Arts: A Guide for Children, Parents and Teachers
This new book offers a start to finish guide for potential autistic students, their parents and for teachers who are or want to teach students with autism. The book is not about autism theory per se, but is a practical guide aimed at young autistic individuals who want to take up a martial art, but need to know more. It is distinctive in that it also offers parent advice, and has a section specifically for martial arts teachers who are either new to teaching autistic students or would like to expand their knowledge and skills. Author of Autism and Martial Arts: A Guide for Children, Parents and Teachers, is Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis, a 6th Dan in Karate with over twenty years experience of teaching students with and without special needs; fourteen of those specialising in autism. What makes her knowledge unique is that she has been clinically diagnosed with Asperger s Syndrome (a form of autism) and the book comes from both personal experience as a teacher and as a student. It is also based on her doctoral research completed late in 2013; this explored the learning experiences within sport and physical activities including martial arts, of a wide range of autistic individuals. Sandra's Doctorate in Education (Autism) was gained from Sheffield Hallam University where there is a specialist nationally respected Autism Unit. During her study Sandra visited various martial arts clubs to work with their students and conduct her research. Sandra is keen to enable more martial arts clubs to be inclusive across the UK. Autistic students can benefit from the structure and discipline martial arts clubs offer, but it is essential that teachers know what to expect from their students, so that they can plan their classes to suit everyone while knowing how to accommodate any differences. Her experience shows the students want to be taught but parents need to have confidence that a martial art teacher has some knowledge which will help their child. Within her role as Director of a national martial arts governing body Sandra has spoken to many individuals who are interested in expanding their student base to be more inclusive but simply don't know how.

Published by NAKMAS Publishing
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Photo Elements
'A small selection of the schools' photographs:
Video Diaries
'A small selection of the schools' videos:
Joe Ellis, Chief Instructor on the BBC Generation Game...!
Autism & Martial Arts Book by Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis
Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis, Assistant Chief Instructor on the BBC Generation Game...!
Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour
NAKMAS Safe Kids Campaign
Joe Ellis delivering the NAKMAS Safe Kids Campaign, in a fun way...!
Contact Admin Office
Kent Karate Schools, PO Box 262, Herne Bay, CT6 9AW
Telephone: 01227 370055
Fax: 01227 370056
© Copyright. Kent Karate Schools 2017. All rights reserved. Full & Founder Member of the NAKMAS National Governing Body. Accredited to the NAKMAS Equality Awareness and the NAKMAS Safe Kids Campaign. Autism advice and support from The Autistic Voice