Children’s Anti-Bullying and Karate. Wolverhampton Hosts Unique Course
Joe Ellis, National Chairman of the National Association of Karate and Martial Art Schools (NAKMAS), and Chief Instructor of the Kent Karate Schools and Kent Autistic Karate, is bringing his unique flavour of karate to Wolverhampton on 23rd November. Ellis, clinically diagnosed autistic as an adult, is passionate about spreading karate to all children and adults, and to others on the spectrum at the Royal Wolverhampton School.
For the children and young people on the course, he will be concentrating on anti-bullying techniques and knowledge, and for the adults a more technical and practical combat system.
Daniel Booth 2nd Dan head of Kai Shotokan Karate, resident Wolverhampton, who is hosting the course, said ‘We have been with NAKMAS just over a year and it a privilege to have the National Chairman coming to teach in our hometown. We realise that he is bringing with him years of anti-bullying knowledge and skills which will be especially useful for young people being bullied, sadly an issue which rears its head only too frequently these days. Adults and children alike are getting excited to see what Joe will offer’.
Ellis, an 8th dan black belt said ‘at school I was heavily bullied, and my parents decided I should learn karate. The combination of this training, and joining the army, helped me to overcome my shyness and taught me to stand up for myself. Being diagnosed autistic some years ago has given me even more enthusiasm to help others in a similar position’.
Ellis, and wife Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis, 6th Dan, run a chain of educational karate clubs within East Kent. They are proud to be inclusive and equitable, teaching students of all ages, genders, abilities and have a genuine interest in students with special needs and especially those with intellectually high functioning autism including Asperger’s syndrome. Individuals with autism crave routine and rules; and often have difficulties with co-ordination skills such as balance and simple throwing and catching; as well as discomfort in social situations. Karate is an individual activity, but also encourages controlled teamwork and leadership, thus giving these students confidence in themselves, which can benefit all aspects of their life. Beale-Ellis also holds a doctorate in educational aspects of autism within informal education and physical activities from Sheffield Hallam University.
NAKMAS is a core member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) and takes part in campaigns run by them. The ABA defines bullying as ‘the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online’.
Ellis is keen to prepare to people to overcome various forms of bullying, so that they don’t suffer in the same way as he did as a child.
The course takes place on Saturday 23rd November at the Royal Wolverhampton School. More information can be found at www.nakmas.org.uk/bullying-wolverhampton
Notes to editors
Find out more about NAKMAS at www.nakmas.org.uk
NAKMAS has secured the Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport. To find out more about Equality Standard: A Framework for Sport at http://equalityinsport.org
The National Association of Karate and Martial Art Schools (NAKMAS) National Governing Body is a non-funded national governing body and is a member of Sport & Recreation Alliance (formerly known as the CCPR). With its Head Office based in Kent, NAKMAS governs all forms of traditional and modern martial arts and has over 65,000 members.
NAKMAS is an approved insurance provider by XL Catlin and holds a National and International Quality Standard Certificate, BS EN ISO 9001:2015, via the BSI (British Standards Institution).
For further information, please contact:
Libby Ellison NAKMAS Press/Media Officer
Joe Ellis NAKMAS National Chair
Tel: 01227 370055
Fax: 01227 370056
For more details about the Kai Shotokan Karate visit https://www.facebook.com/kaishotokankarate/
For more details about Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis and her autism work visit