NAKMAS STAR AWARD
National Award: Recognising outstanding abilities and dedication within the Martial Arts in the United Kingdom
The second winner of the NAKMAS Star Award - Kerry-Anne Frith Kent Karate Schools
★KERRY-ANNE FRITH
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CHIEF INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS
Kerry-Anne Frith excels as an adult karate coach
Kerry-Anne Frith, an 18-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome from Broadstairs in Kent, has received the second of the awards for her outstanding coaching talents in karate.

Kerry-Anne has been training with Joe and Sandra Ellis of the Kent Karate Schools in the Ramsgate branch from the age of 10, and she is now working towards her black belt which she hopes to achieve in 2019. She is currently at college training to be a car mechanic and qualified as a youth karate coach in February of this year. Her martial arts training has given her confidence and focus, often lacking in autistic individuals.

Ellis said: 'I'm so pleased for Kerry-Anne receiving this award; as she has reached the higher grades, and more so since her 18th birthday, she has been assisting at my classes. The children respond well to her and she has the absolute respect of other coaches and parents alike. Kerry-Anne communicates directly with confidence and clarity. She is a great role model to our other members as she is a fine and genuine martial artist'.

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Press Release - Kerry-Anne Frith
In a personal letter the NAKMAS National Deputy Chair, Gary Smith wrote:
" I would like to congratulate you on being named the second recipient of the NAKMAS Star Award.

The NAKMAS Star Award recognises outstanding abilities and dedication within the martial arts, and your instructor Joe and NAKMAS are very proud of you, for what you have achieved within the martial arts.

Through your regular training over the years, as well as achieving your youth karate coaching award earlier this year within NAKMAS, you have demonstrated exceptional coaching skills which have impressed instructors and parents alike. The children adore you, and despite having a clinical diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, this has not proved a barrier, in fact, quite the opposite.

Up and down the country, thousands of NAKMAS members train at recognised and accredited classes to develop skills that will see them become disciplined and well-developed individuals which will carry them right through their lives. The NAKMAS Star Award is a small thank you, on behalf of NAKMAS, in recognition of your outstanding abilities and dedication".
Joe Ellis, Kent Karate Schools Chief Instructor says
"Being proud of Kerry-Anne Frith, to whom I effectionly call KAF, is an understatement.

The journey through karate is not an easy one for an autistic individual, but KAF has proven that autism is not a barrier for her when it comes to karate and coaching young children.

She assists me when coaching children. The parents respect her, the children adore her.

She has unique qualities as a karate coach which will take her towards black belt during 2019, and give her skills and confidence that will carry her through life.

She has become a sincere and genuine karateka, reliable, trustworthy and demonstrates excellent attendence and commitment.

All instructors and coaches within the Kent Karate Schools are proud of her and may her successes continue."

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The first winner of the NAKMAS Star Award - Leo Manifiold EHMAA
★LEO MANIFOLD
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Leo Manifold has grown to become a great Kickboxer
Leo Manifold, a 12-year-old from Rugeley, Staffordshire, has received the first of the awards for his outstanding competitive talents in kickboxing tournaments over a period of years.

Leo has been training with Emil Herzberg at the Pye Green Community Centre in Hednesford from a very young age, and he hopes his next success will be achieving his black belt early in 2019. He is a student at the Heartlands School in Rugeley and his martial arts training has given him confidence and focus for all areas of his life including his studying.

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Press Release - Leo Manifold

Here's a list of Leo's successes:

2nd Lordswood. -5f2 12-15
1st teams 12 and under

WFMC
2nd -45 kgs points 12-14
1st -40 kgs points 12-14
1st -40 kgs lc 12-14

WMO
2nd -40 kgs points
3rd -45 kgs points

IRISH OPEN:
3rd -42 kgs

CIMAC:
1st -40 kgs lc
2nd -40 kgs points
1st -45 kgs lc
2nd -45 kgs points
In a personal letter the NAKMAS National Chair, Joe Ellis wrote:
"I would like to congratulate you on being named the very first recipient of the NAKMAS Star Award.

The NAKMAS Star Award recognises outstanding abilities and dedication within the martial arts, and your instructor Emil and NAKMAS are very proud of you, for what you have achieved within the martial arts.

Through your regular training since the age of 3, you have developed and become a very talented and successful tournament competitor, not only within the United Kingdom, but overseas as well, and you must be very proud of yourself. Your successes have proven that with regular, constant and dedicated training, Kickboxing and the martial arts can be highly beneficial and rewarding; your achievements have proven how rewarding martial arts training can be through regular commitment.

Up and down the country, thousands of NAKMAS members train at recognised and accredited classes to develop skills that will see them become disciplined and well-developed individuals which will carry them right through their lives. The NAKMAS Star Award is a small thank you, on behalf of NAKMAS, in recognition of your outstanding abilities and dedication".
Emil Hertberg, EHMAA Chief Instructor says
"I'm so pleased for Leo receiving this new award; it's a big accolade for both Leo, and for the academy. We strive to achieve high standards for our sixty members of all ages, and Leo is one of our longest serving. He is a great role model to our other members as he is a fine and genuine martial artist".

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