Social Media Statement

I wish to advise that I or AKS do not have a Facebook account. I do not broadcast our activities on YouTube or communicate with my students or parents via social networking sites. My social network with my students is the Dojo.

I have grown up with Karate and the unique environment the Karate Dojo provides has been a good positive influence on my life. Therefore I wish to do my very best to try and preserve that same traditional unique environment for the students of our karate schools.

I believe Karate classes should be a place where people can train alongside each other, united in the pursuit of becoming more proficient in this great martial art, regardless of their background, age, sex, nationality or social status.

Students need to be able to come along and focus on their training, make mistakes, have highs and lows safe in the knowledge that they are not going to be broadcast to the outside world or have their dojo activities discussed further amongst other students in an open forum on the internet.

For similar reasons we do not allow parents to sit in and watch our general classes as it is detrimental to the progress and privacy of the students.

We do allow family members to spectate and take photos and film etc on AKS event days as we understand it is nice to see their student's progression and keep the memories.  However, a large number of our students are children and it is impossible to police every photo and piece of footage and get the necessary permission to publish from the parents.  Therefore please be respectful to all our members and keep things off the internet.

Please note, anyone found broadcasting any of our AKS activities or posting derogative comments about another member on the internet will lose their membership.

We do have photo galleries on our website but these are reserved mainly for the students who have achieved major honours and are always displayed with the student's knowledge and permission.

I know we are living in the era of 'plugged in' lifestyles where a number of people now prefer to communicate with each other through social media rather than in person.  However, I continue to be amazed at how some are so happy to put what should be private conversations and personal information out in the public domain. I am yet to see what good can come from this and how it would benefit my students progress in Karate.  Therefore I just don't subscribe to it and wish to keep our karate schools as that breath of fresh air.

Data Privacy Statement

All members of AKS are required to provide us with the following information:-

· Gender
· Address
· Post Code
· Date of Birth
· Home Telephone
· Mobile Telephone
· Email Address
· Registration Date
· Student Belt Grade
· Declaration of any medical conditions which should be taken into consideration
· Confirmation of not being convicted of a violent crime

The above information is stored in our files and the name, address, date of birth and registration date is forwarded to the English Karate Federation Governing Body.  The EKF Data Privacy Notice can be see at

We confirm that no personal information for any of our members is forwarded to any other parties other than the Governing Body for the purpose of official registration.

No one has access to the personal information of our members outside of our Senior Instructors  and the AKS Administration Manager.

Communication via email with students or parents is never forwarded to any other party other than to whom it is addressed to.

Our AKS website will only show photos with the knowledge of the student or instructor and are generally reserved for major honours of our advanced grades and squad. If any advanced grades do not wish to be mentioned or have photos uploaded of their achievement to our website, then please advise the AKS Administration Manager.

Our AKS website is not an open forum and we do not subscribe to Facebook, Twitter or any other social media as we value the privacy of all our members. We request that all our members respect this and likewise keep any photos and video footage of our classes, gradings and competition days off the internet.

In addition to the above, our Instructors will also be required to provide more detailed identification information for the purpose of DBS checks and insurance policies. This information will only be forwarded to the official bodies concerned.

Child Protection Policy

Please note all AKS Instructors are Enhanced DBS checked, first aid certified, insured and work within the guidelines set out by the English Karate Federation Child Protection Policy.

The Child Protection Officer is Jane Barrett who may be contacted on 07854-941458. Alternatively contact Sensei Anthony Barrett on 07929-100612.