Kent Karate Schools Established: 1983
Information for new members
Dear Parent/Guardian


Thank you for your enquiry relating to the Kent Karate Schools, established in Ashford since 1983 for both children from 4.5 years upwards and adults (Adult classes are held in Canterbury).

Detailed insight into our Schools can be viewed here, online via this website by clicking the home tab on the of this page. Please complete the NAKMAS Pre Training Questionnaire and take it along with you on the first session, ten minutes before the class starts.

Our updated 2016 official karate brochure can also be viewed online via pdf, via the following link:

Kent Karate Schools 2016 Brochure

The Kent Karate Schools are full and founder member of the NAKMAS National Governing Body, who control, regulate and govern all forms of traditional and modern martial arts within the United Kingdom and a link to their brochure, is as follows:

NAKMAS | The Fundamentals | 2017

Our current club directory can be found on the foot of this page.

All our instructors are fully qualified, nationally registered black belts and are qualified to the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) standards within Karate Coaching, Teaching and Instructing; rare for karate instructors to be qualified to the NVQs within the East Kent area.

The classes offer authentic Japanese karate to all members of society, including children and adults who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition. The chief instructors within the Kent Karate Schools, Joe Ellis 7th Dan Black Belt and Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis 6th Dan Black Belt, have been clinically diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and Dr Sandra specialises in Autism, and her work can be further explored via her website via the following link:

Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis |The Autistic Voice

Karate/Martial Arts can offer a whole range of benefits for children, providing you enrol into an approved, recognised and accredited karate class.

Take a look at this link to see the benefits that children can achieve within our Schools:

£7 per session for children and £8 per session for adults. A great investment towards your child's future and enhanced school work.

Should you need any further assistance, help or advice, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Joe Ellis 7th Dan
Chief Instructor
Tel: 01227 370055 (office hours)
Class Schedule 2017
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
Kingsnorth Recreation Centre, Ashford, 5-6pm Children
Salvation Army Portland Road, Hythe, 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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Click here to read about the author

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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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