FOR EDUCATION ( Qualification ) : Would you like
to become a 'Personal-Trainer',
or even open your own Martial
Either as an additional qualification to compliment
your current job, or for a total career change,
a 'Degree in Kickboxing' could open these opportunities
For further information about gaining your 1st
Degree Black Belt, with Warrington Kickboxing,
read through the contents of this webpage.
following explains the belt colour system at Warrington
Kickboxing, that starts at White Belt.
After the White Belt there is then a Coloured
Belt, which is then followed by Advanced Coloured
Advanced Coloured Belt Grades have a Black stripe
The system therefore is as follows,
Yellow Belt... Advanced-Yellow-Belt.
Green Belt... Advanced-Green Belt,
Blue Belt... Advanced-Blue Belt,
Brown Belt... Advanced-Brown Belt.
Most people excel with their Martial Arts training
when they have a training goal.
Should the Black Belt be your training goal, then
our aim is to help you get to Blue Belt by Year
Then the Brown Belt by Year 2.
Then the Black Belt by year 3.
Our Black Belt training program, is a 3 year course,
upon completing you will be a registered 1st Degree
100 years ago Jigaro Kano, a Japanese
Instructor of Judo
invented the system of using 'coloured
belts' to show the level, ( Rank ), of
a student as they progressed during their martial
This proved to be a very practical method of showing
a students progress and was later adopted by many
other Martial Art Styles.
Using the colour of a belt to show rank was a
practical idea that came about as a method of
showing that a student has a certain level of
experience and is at a certain skill level.
Today the coveted BLACK
BELT is a world recognised Martial
Arts qualification in many different styles
such as Judo, Karate, Ju-Jitsu, Taekwondo, Krav-Maga
A great training goal to aim for, and an outstanding
achievement to accomplish.
conducts six Pressure-Testing days each year for
For those eligable, these Belt Gradings are held
in February, April, June, August, October and
During these examinations students demonstrate
their Technique, Sparring skills, Fitness levels,
and Knowledge, ( with written tests ), to a pre-set
level according to each specific rank. This then
gets increasingly harder as the grades are progressed
Regular Pressure-Testing, help to vastly improve
a students skills, knowledge and confidence as
well as highlighting any areas requiring specific
Gradings are very important part of training at
Warrington Kickboxing, as they help to keep alive
the traditional Martial-Arts techniques that are
the foundation of the Combat-Sport, something
that should be preserved and respected.
Many clubs do not do any Gradings at all, and
merely focus on Kickboxing as a Combat-Sport,
and only the specific techniques that you can
perform under a set of rules in the Ring.
A grading syllabus is a book of knowledge, and
should contain all of the traditional, as well
as the most up to date, techniques and training
methods, and indeed the Wolf-Gym's syllabus is
subject to continual-professional-development
( C-P-D ), reviewed and updated every 12 months.
'Muay-Boran' is the collective name for the traditional
martial art systems of Thailand, that lead to
the development of the combat sport known worldwide
as Thai-Kickboxing ( Muaythai ).
There are various styles of Muay-Boran. The Wolf-Gym's
syllabus uses traditional techniques from Ling-Lom
style Muay-Boran, as taught to Neil Holden for
Self-Defence by his teacher Grand-Master Sken.
Ling-Lom has great emphasis on speed, especially
swift kicks and jumping techniques and also switch
hitting, ( striking from both the left lead stance
and also the right lead stance ). As you progress
through the Wolf-Gym's Grading syllabus, you will
learn many traditional Martial-Art techniques
such jumping kicks, spinning kicks, flying punches,
jumping knees, & flying elbows.
Traditional Martial-Arts techniques were originally
developed for the battlefield, but can be very
applicable to a modern day Self-Defence situation,
which is why they are an intricate part of the
Wolf Gym's Grading Syllabus.
One particular traditional Martial-Arts technique,
used extensively by Kickboxers who are competing
in the Cage, ( MMA-Strikers ), is the Jumping-Knee.
This is used to stop an opponent who is trying
to take them to the ground. A traditional technique,
yet a highly effective strike in the most world's
modern combat-arena, the Octagon.
Grand-Master Sken, Neil Holden's
the traditional Muay-Boran uniform..
you progress through the coloured ranks, you will
learn all aspects of Kickboxing
as both a Martial Art system for Self-Defence
and as a Combat Sport for Competition.
The Wolf-Gym's syllabus covers five areas.
Combat-Kickboxing ( Striking
skills applied for Self-Defence ),
the Ring-Sports of........
Japanese Kickboxing ( K-1
Dutch-Kickboxing ( Glory
Thai-Kickboxing ( Muaythai
as well Mixed-Martial-Arts via
Cage-Kickboxing ( Kickboxing-for-the-Cage
/ M.M.A. Striking ).
Across all the martial arts systems, no matter
the style studied, the students that take
regular Pressure-Tests, ( Grading
Assesments ), are always much more
skilled than those who do not!
Most members upon starting at Warrington Kickboxing,
never intend to Grade, or to compete.
Only to find that having a training goal,
such as the Wolf-Gym's
Black belt programme helps them progress
much quicker than they would do otherwise.
Sharples, one of our M.M.A. Champions, is
the most recent edition to the Black Belt
ranks at the Wolf-Gym.
Pictured with his Certificate, Black Belt,
Samurai Trophy and his M.M.A. Championship
ARE GRADINGS EXPENSIVE?
A Small fee is charged when Students Pressure-Test
for their Belt Grade, with the exception
of the Black Belt grade - which
No Instructor benefits financially from
the Gradings, as any money raised from the
assessments is spent specifically on the
This ensures that the Academy always has
the highest standard of equipment for its
Some Martial Arts Centres quickly grade students
to Black Belt simply, for the financial gain -
as it is very common for Black Belt tests to cost
upwards of £300.00
per Black belt exam.
does not happen at the Wolf-Gym, as we do not,
and have never charged a fee for the Black
Additionally, a member of Warrington Kickboxing
will only be invited to take their Black Belt
test once they are actually ready, and not for
any financial gain.
This ensures the intergrity of the Academy, the
integrity of the Grading Syllabus and guarentees
the high standards of the Black Belts that are
certified by the Wolf-Gym.
Warrington Kickboxer, Bradley Hodgkinson, a W.K.A.
Junior Kickboxing Champion and holder of the 'Junior'
on our Primary-School Kids
program, ( aged 6 to 11
) are promoted through their Junior Belt Grades
via an awards system.
However when they progress from the
Primary-School Kids program and
move onto the High-School-Classes,
( ages 11 to 16 ),
they then begin following the Belt test syllabus,
from White Belt.
on the Primary-School Kids
program, are referred to as Juniors.
Members on the High-School
Kids program, are referred to as Cadets.
Wolf-Gym / Warrington Kickboxing does not advertise
children as if they were Adult level Black Belts,
and always states that they are 'Junior
Any Martial Arts Academy that advertises Junior
Black Belts as being equivilent to Adult Black
Belts cannot have a reputable syllabus and should
In many Martial Art Academies, a RED
is the Insignia used
to denote the rank of _
This system is also used by the Wolf Gym, with
the Instructor Insignia,
RED BAND ),
displayed across one end of the Instructors Black
The Red Bands on the Black Belt, are also known
as Dan Bars.
The Instructor Ranks ( Degree's ) system then
A Level One Instructor,
has '1' RED BAND
on their belt.
A Level Two Instructor
has '2' RED BANDS
on their belt.
A Level Three Instructor
has '3' RED BANDS
on their belt, etc...
the Photo below.....
Neil Holden's 7th Dan W.K.A. Black Belt,
featuring 7 Red Bands.
Martial Arts student can after several gradings
achieve a Black belt. However at Warrington Kickboxing,
a Black Belt does not automatically qualify someone
A Black Belt means that you have completed the
Kickboxing Syllabus, and now potentially could
become an Instructor and pass on the knowledge
from completing the syllabus to others.
Instructor does not learn the required teaching
skills purely through academic exams, ( Grading
tests ), they also require experience via a 'time
Many of the worlds leading craftsmen learned their
skills through a working apprenticeship, rather
than only in the class room.
A 1st Degree Black Belt at the Wolf-Gym wishing
to become an Instructor, must pass a 2 year probation
under the continual guidance of a more senior
During the first year they will assist in the
teaching of the classes, then in the second year
they progress onto teaching classes independently.
Should they show adequate teaching skills over
a course of the two years probation, then they
will be promoted to the rank of Instructor Level
Their Black Belt will now show two RED
BANDS to represent their new rank of 2nd
A Level 1 ( 1st Degree
) Instructor may teach while under the guidance
of a more senior ranked Instructor.
A Level 2 ( 2nd Degree
) Instructor is a 'Fully
Qualified Instructor', who can now teach
classes independently. They should now have people
that they are teaching, begin to progress through
the Grading syllabus.
A Level 3 ( 3rd Degree
) Instructor should have trained at least one
up to the level of 1st Degree Black Belt.
HOW LONG DOES IT TO TO BECOME A QUALIFIED
It takes approximately 3
years training to complete the Kickboxing
Grading syllabus and become a 1st Degree Black
It then takes a further 2
years teaching, while under probation,
to gain the promotion to Level 2 ( 2nd
Degree ) Black Belt.
Therefore overall, it takes approximately 5
years to become a fully qualified Kickboxing
Instructor, ( 2nd Degree
Black Belt ), from a reputable Martial
- HIGHER RANKS
Further Instructor Levels, ( Ranks ), are awarded
upon the recognition of an Instructors time served
as a teacher. It rewards an Instructor for their
years of continual teaching, dedication, promotion
and contribution to the sport.
The time-served criteria,
is the most genuine method to promote Instructor
Ranks, as it is based specifically upon the date
that they as an individual were originally certified
as a Level 1 Instructor ( 1st Degree Black Belt
People looking to find a qualified Kickboxing
Instructor for themselves, or for their children,
can be confident of the experience of the Instructor
that has been promoted via time-served criteria.
See the following time-served criteria below:-
When you have passed your Level 1 Black Belt examination,
you have a degree in Kickboxing, ( you are a 1st
Degree Black Belt ). The Black Belt is an Internationally
Over the last 25 years, Warrington Kickboxing
has certified many Black Belts that have then
gone on to become Instructors.
If you have aspirations to become a Personal-Trainer
or Group-Class Instructor
getting certified as a 1st Degree Black Belt in
Kickboxing could be an ideal carear path to consider.
Masters Degree in Kickboxing :
Many people, such as Engineers and Accountants,
have a degree in their particular profession.
Often these people during their career will continue
their studies to expand further their knowledge
and attain their Masters degree.
A Masters Degree in Kickboxing is usually awarded
once an Instructor has over 15 years experience
as a full-time Professional Instructor. It is
awarded at the rank of Instructor Level 5 ( 5th
Degree Black Belt ).
These Striking coaches are regarded as a Master-Level
Instructors due to their extensive knowledge &
many years of experience.
over 35 years coaching
experience, and holding the rank of 8th,
9th and 10th
Degree Black Belt, are regarded to as being Grand-Masters
BELTS IN COMBAT SPORTS
the World's number 1 promotion for Combat-Sports
is the Mixed-Martial-Arts promotion the U.F.C.
Almost all of the U.F.C.
Champions, fighters such as Anderson
Silva, Lyoto Machida, George
St-Piere and Benson
Henderson hold Black Belts.
Former UFC Middleweight Champion,
Anderson Silva is a highly regarded Black
Former UFC Middleweight Champion,
Lyoto Machida is a highly regarded Black Belt.
The reason that so many UFC fighters hold Black
Belts in their respective styles, is that training
in the Martial Arts, towards and then gaining
a Black Belt gives a person a solid foundation
in technical skills and fitness.
Former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight Champion
George St-Pierre is a highly regarded Black
attaining a Black Belt is good enough for some
of the World's leading Combat-Sports athletes
that compete in the UFC, then it could very well
be good enough for you.
Former UFC Lightweight Champion, and leading
BELLATOR MMA contender Benson Henderson is
a highly regarded Black Belt.
Poster for BELLATOR MMA event in Japan featuring
Chandler ( Black Shorts )
Henderson ( White Shorts
with Black Belt )
as the symbol of an highly skilled soldier is
... the symbol of an highly skilled Martial Artist
is the Black
all Martial Arts Academies give their members
the option of training towards the goal of achieving
the Black Belt, but if this is something that
interests you, the Wolf Gym will help you to achieve
GRADING ASSESSOR :
founder of Warrington Kickboxing, Neil
Holden - ( 7th Degree Black Belt W.K.A.
), is the Chief Grading Assessor at the Wolf Gym.
Holden, a direct student of Grand Master Sken,
has a wealth of experience as an Instructor, and
has been training Champions since 1994.
Over twenty five years, 43
Champions from the Wolf-Gym have won a combined
total of 78
while competing in the Ring and also in the Octagon-Cage.
Champions from the Wolf-Gym have won Area, English,
British, Commonwealth, European and World Titles.
Two of the Wolf-Gym's team
became World Champions, one
of which also became the 2005 Warrington sports
Personality of the year!
Neil Holden is pictured with two of his Champions
Jamie Hayes and Jason
At this event in 2019, Jamie
Hayes, ( Pictured on the left ), was one
of our Brown Belt members. Here Jamie had just
won the W.K.A. Super-Middleweight title ( 'K-1
rules' ), making him a 2 x Kickboxing Champion,
as he also held the W.K.U. title. Jamie also
held an M.M.A. title, this was his third time
winning a Championship belt.
Jason Melvin, ( Pictured
on the right ), was at the time one of our Blue
Belt members. Here Jason had just completed an
'8 Man Grandprix', ( Winning 3 bouts in a single
tournament ), taking his record to an impressive
undefeated run of 5 fights with 5 straight wins
as he captured the W.K.A. Super-Heavyweight title
( 'K-1' rules ).
Please take a few minutes to visit each page of
this website for lots of information about the
Wolf Gym - Warrington
Kickboxing Studio, and also about Kickboxing
the Combat Sport & Martial Art.
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