Black Belt School of Excellence
Established 1994

Striking Coach : Craig Booth

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Trainer of
Muay-Thai, Kickboxing
and -M.M.A. Champions

Certified Muaythai
( Thai-Kickboxing )
by Grand-Master Sken
( Thailand )

Black Belt Graded
by Master Azuma
( Japan )

W.K.A. Registered
7th Dan Black Belt

Training in the Martial Arts
+ 40 years.

Professional Instructor
+ 30 Years.


Craig Booth

Striking Coach.

6th Degree Black Belt.


A Masters Degree in Kickboxing, ( 6th Degree Black Belt ), is only awarded after more than 20 years experience as a full-time professional Kickboxing Instructor.

Craig began training as an ‘Assistant Coach’ under Neil Holden in 1996, and has competed under Amateur and Professional rules as a Lightweight.


Booth was certified as a Thai-Kickboxing ( Muaythai ) Instructor by Grand Master Sken ( Thailand ) receiving his Level-1 Instructor rank ( 1st Degree ) and the 'Instructor Insignia' ( RED BAND ) in March 1997.


In this photo, Referee Craig Booth awards the prestigious I.K.F. World Title belt to Sam Bainbridge following his succesfull bout.


Craig is also a highly experienced 'World Class' Referee and Chief-Judge, and has officiated over 1'000 rounds in the ring.

He has officiated for championships, contesting British, European and World Title bouts.


A Masters Degree in Kickboxing :

When you have passed your Black Belt examination, technically you have a Degree in Kickboxing, ( you are a 1st Degree Black Belt ). This grade is the Level 1 Instructor Rank.

Many people, such as Engineers and Accountants, have a Degree qualification in a particular profession. Often they will continue their studies to expand further their knowledge to attain their Masters Degree.

A Masters Degree in Kickboxing is awarded once an Instructor is ranked at Level 6 or higher.

These trainers are regarded as a Master Level Instructors due to their extensive knowledge & having over 20 years teaching experience. The title of Master Level Instructor, is awarded to those promoted to the ranks of 6 Degree Black Belt.

Booth is due his next promotion, to the rank of Instructor Level 7 - ( 7th Degree Black Belt ) , which will be 7 RED BANDS on his Black Belt, on 15th March 2024.

The relevance of the Instructor Rank, is that it shows a potential new student the level of experience an Instructor has built up over his Martial Arts career.


If you were having an operation and you could choose between a surgeon with only 2 years experience or another one with 20 years experience, then you would be inclined to go with the one with greater experience.

Likewise, you should do the same when seeking a Martial Arts Instructor.

Checking an Instructors TRUE certification and TRUE experience is something that is now more important than ever within the martial arts industry as increasingly people claim to be 'qualified' and 'experienced' coaches after merely completing Personal Trainer courses lasting just several weeks!