Trainer of Several
two European and two
World Amateur Champions.
( Thai-Kickboxing )
by Grand Master
( Thailand ).
Certified 6th Dan Black Belt
( Shihan - Master Grade ).
Training in the Martial Arts
Over 35 years.
Over 25 Years.
Senior Instructor -
Level 6 ( 6th Dan ) Instructor.
Class' Referee & Judge.
Shihan = Master Level Coach, which is awarded
once a trainer gains Level 6 Instructor rank
( 6th Dan Black Belt ). A grade only awarded
after more than 20 years experience
as a certified martial arts teacher.
Craig began training as an ‘Assistant
Instructor’ in 1996, and has
competed in both the Amateur and the Professional
divisions as a Lightweight.
was certified as a Muaythai Instructor by Grand
Master Sken ( Thailand ) receiving his
'Instructor Insignia' (
RED BAND ) in March
is also a highly experienced 'World
Class' Referee and Chief-Judge, and
has officiated well over 1000 contests in
In this photo, Craig awards the prestigious
I.K.F. World Title
belt to Sam Bainbridge following his succesfull
Booth - Grade / Promotions
- Started training as an
Apprentice Instructor for 1 year at the
1997 - Instructor Level 1 - Red
Band Instructor certification from Master
of promotion : 15th March
1999 - Instructor Level 2 - ( 2nd
Dan ) = 2 Red Bands on the Black Belt.
2002 - Instructor Level 3 - ( 3rd
Dan ) = 3 Red Bands
on the Black Belt.
2006 - Instructor Level 4 - ( 4th
Dan ) =
4 Red Bands on the Black Belt.
2011 - Instructor Level 5 - ( 5th
Dan ) =
5 Red Bands on the Black Belt.
- Instructor Level 6 -
( 6th Dan )
= 6 Red Bands on the Black
Notes on Instructor Grades:
simply means 'Level'.
A 1st Dan is next
promoted to 2nd Dan,
after a minimum 2
Dan is next promoted to
3rd Dan, after a minimum
A 3rd Dan is next
promoted to 4th Dan
after a minimum
A 4th Dan is next
promoted to 5th Dan
after a minimum
5 years teaching.
In total it takes 20
years to get to become a Level 6 (
6th Dan ) Instructor.
Dans, in Japan, are addressed by the
title of SHIHAN, which means Master Level / Expert
Level Instructor. Craig is due his
next promotion, to Instructor
Level 7 - ( 7th Dan ) which
will be 7 Red Bands on
his Black Belt in March 2025.
relevance of the DAN GRADE,
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 operationand 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
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!
total it takes a minimum 20 years to become
eligable for promotion to
a Level 6 ( 6th Dan ) Instructor.
In Japan 6th Dan Black Belts
carry a great deal of respect as Martial Arts
teachers and are addressed by the title of SHIHAN,
which means Master Level ( Expert Level ) Instructor.