The Kent Karate Schools was launched at the Ashford Stour Centre in Ashford in July 1983 by Joe Ellis, now 8th Dan Black Belt and the Schools' Chief Instructor.
Joe has been active within karate for nearly 40 years and has been privileged to have chaired three National Governing Bodies of the art/sport. These being; The All British Karate Organisation, Karate England and the NAKMAS National Governing Body, in which he is still their National Chair and has been so since the NAKMAS inauguration in January 1992. He is very active, nationally, engaging with various government departments and sports bodies to ensure that he and NAKMAS keeps his fingers on the pulse and stays well ahead of the game..!
The Schools offers authentic Japanese karate to all members of society, adults and children, including those on the autism spectrum.
Both Joe and his wife, Sandra, have been clinically diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and encourage adults and children who have the condition to take the leap and give karate a go, within a friendly and supportive environment.
Sandra holds a Doctorate in Education, specialises in autism. She oversees the schools children's educational karate programme which includes junior coaching awards to NVQ Level 1 standard.
There are many black belts; adults and children, within the Kent Karate Schools that are experienced karateka (one that practices karate) and have their own unique coaching and karate skills that enable everyone within the schools to take advantage and progress to black belt and beyond. All coaches are highly qualified and nationally registered instructors. These include; Joe Ellis 8th Dan, Mick Elcombe 6th Dan, Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis 6th Dan, Steve Keeler 5th Dan, Gavin Finn 4th Dan, Joshua Traylor 3rd Dan, Ellis Finn 2nd Dan, Chloe Williams 2nd Dan, Joseph Waters 1st Dan, Edward Perfect 1st Dan, George Collins 1st Dan and Jay Stedman 1st Dan.
All coaches have undertaken an DBS Enhanced Disclosure via the NAKMAS National Governing Body (DBS and Disclosure Scotland registered body), and are fully accredited and follow the NAKMAS Welfare Policy, a NSPCC endorsed policy.
Below, are some of the benefits of training within our schools: