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
arts training. This proved to be a very practical
method of showing a students progress and was
later adopted by many other Martial Art Acadamies
and Martial Art Styles.
the colour of a belt to show rank was a practical
idea that came about as should someone have a
uniform and a belt that they wore during their
Martial Arts training, over several years that
belt would become darker and darker through age,
wear and tear. Hence a beginner wearing a brand
new uniform would wear a new 'White belt' and
a senior student with many years of
experience would train while wearing an old 'Black
the coveted BLACK BELT
is a world renown Martial
Arts qualification in many different styles
such as Judo, Karate, Ju-Jitsu, Taekwondo and
A training goal to aim for, and a long time achievement
A 'K-1' ( Japanese Kickboxing ) match. Delivering
Knee-Kick, the Kickboxer in the white shorts is
a high ranking black belt..
Wolf-Gym conducts six Pressure-Testing days for
adults each year on a bi-monthly basis. These
Belt Gradings are held in February, April, June,
August, October and December - but only for those
that are eligable to grade.
During these exams students demonstrate their
Techique skills, Sparring skills, Fitness levels,
and Knowledge to a pre-set level according to
each specific rank. This then gets increasingly
harder as the grades are progressed through.
Pressure-Testing ( Grading exams ), help to vastly
improve a students skills, knowledge and confidence
as well as highlighting any areas requiring specific
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.
of the Students that do successfully Grade
at Warrington Kickboxing Studio receive
a Certificate, and a coloured belt to
show their rank and level of personal achievement.
The grading syllabus at the Wolf
Gym is a very structured training program.
This guarantees that a Student, over their training
career, 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 Japanese Kickboxing
( K-1 Rules ), Thai-Kickboxing
( Muaythai Rules
) and Cage-Kickboxing ( M.M.A.
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!
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 is spent specifically
on the Studio's facilities. This ensures that
the Academy always has the highest standard
of equipment for its members.
Some Martial Arts Centres quickly grade students
to Black Belt simply, for the financial gain -
charging upwards of £ 300.00 per Black belt exam.
is not true of Warrington Kickboxing Studio, as
we do not, and have never charged a fee for the
Black belt exam.
Additionally, a member of Warrington Kickboxing
Studio will only be invited to take their Black
Belt test once they are ready, and not for financial
This ensures the intergrity of the Academy, the
integrity of the Grading Syllabus and the standard
of the Black Belts that are certified from the
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
their Black Belt, but if this is something that
interests you, The Wolf Gym will help you to achieve
Children on our Junior-School
Kids program, ( aged
6 to 11 ) are promoted through their Belt
Grades via an awards system.
However when they progress from the
Junior-School Kids program and move
onto the High-School-Classes,
( ages 11 to 16 ),
they then begin following the Adult syllabus,
from White Belt.
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 Black
Any Martial Arts Academy that advertises Junior
Black Belts as being equivilent to Adult Black
Belts cannot have a reputable syllabus and should
Warrington Kickboxer, Bradley Hodgkinson, a W.K.A.
Junior Kickboxing Champion and holder of the 'Junior'
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, you
will see this Instructor
RED BAND ), worn
across one end of the Black Belt of the trainers.
The Dan Grade system then follows that...
A Level One Instructor, has one Red
Band on their belt.
A Level Two Instructor has two Red
Bands on their Belt.
A Level Three Instructor has three Red
Bands on their belt, etc...
the Photo below.....
senior student of any Martial Arts style can achieve
through examination a Black belt. However at the
Warrington Kickboxing Studio, ( as indeed it should
be with other Martial Arts Centres ), this alone
does not automatically qualify someone to teach!
belief is that an Instructor does not learn the
required teaching skills purely through academic
exams, ( Grading tests ), but also through experience
via a time served apprecticeship.
Many of the worlds leading craftsmen learned their
skills through a working apprenticeship, rather
than only in the class room. A 1st Dan Black Belt
member at the Wolf-Gym wishing to become an Instructor,
must pass a 2 year probation period succesfully
as an 'Apprentice Instructor', attached to a Senior
During this time they may help to teach classes,
whilst under the strict guidance and supervision
of a Senior Instructor. Should they show adequate
teaching skills over a course of two years, then
they will be promoted to the rank of Instructor
Level 2, ( 2nd Dan
A Level 1 ( 1st Dan
) Instructor is an 'Assistant
A Level 2 ( 2nd Dan
) Instructor is a 'Fully
Qualified Instructor', who can now teach
It takes 3 years
training to complete the Black Belt syllabus and
to then be promoted to Level 1 ( 1st
Dan ) Black Belt.
It then takes a further 2
years training as & teaching as an
to gain the promotion to Level 2 ( 2nd
Dan ) Black Belt.
Therefore overall, it takes approximately 5
years to become a fully qualified
Kickboxing Instructor ( 2nd
Dan Black Belt ) from a reputable Academy.
Further Instructor Levels,
( Ranks ), are awarded upon the 'T.S.R,' criteria.
T.S.R. is the 'Time-Served-Recognition',
of an Instructors years of dedication and contribution
to the sport.
T.S.R. criteria, is the
most genuine method for Instructor Ranks, as it
is based specifically upon the date the were originally
certified as a Level 1 Instructor.
People looking to find a qualified Trainer for
themselves, or their children, can be confident
of the experience of the Instructor that has been
promoted via T.S.R.
See the following criteria below:-
It is extremely uncommon to find Instructors of
such high ranks as those of 9th
or 10th Dan in any
Martial Arts system, as many are either no longer
involved in the Martial Arts after more than fourty
years, or they have unfortunately passed away.
People holding the ranks of 8th,
Dan are generally referred to as being
Grand Masters or
Professors in their
style such is their knowledge and experience.
The Japanese name for a Master Level Instructor
is 'Shihan', and
for a Grand-Master Level Instructor it is 'Dai-Shihan'.
WOLF GYM : BLACK BELT - MEMBERS
The Warrington Kickboxing Studio was opened on
the 1st August 1994,
and since then, over 25
years, the Martial Arts Academy has had
more than 50 adults
complete the grading syllabus at the Wolf
Gym and be awarded their Black Belt in
Dave Rathbone, English Champion
Dave Leffler, British Champion
Glover, Area Champion
Mark Woods, Area Champion
Lee Sanderson, Area Champion
Phil Williams, British Champion
Ryan O'Donnell, English
Andy Lane, English Champion
John Emanu, British
Simon Longden, British Champion
Andy Harris, British Champion
Phil Dale, British Champion
Paul Duckworth, British
Rachael Wolfenden, English
Griffiths, British Champion
Joyce, English Champion
Mike Eastup, British Champion
Paige Farrington, British
Graham Sayer, World Champion
Michelle Preston, World
Paul Quayle, British Champion
Rhys Edwards, British Champion
Chris Heath, World Champion
Phil Fitzpatrick, English
Kieron Bennett, English
Jack Salt, British Champion
Grant Sharples, M.M.A. Champion
Grant Sharples, one of our M.M.A. Champions,
who is the most recent edition to the Black
Belt ranks at the Wolf-Gym.
Pictured with his Certificate, Black Belt,
Samurai Trophy and his Title Belt
is the collective name for the traditional
martial art systems of Thailand, that lead
to the development of the combat sport known
Thai-Kickboxing ( Muaythai
Grand-Master Sken, Neil Holden's Muaythai
and Muay-Boran teacher, wearing the traditional
Muay-Boran uniform which consists of Headband
( Monkol ), Armbands
( Prajeet ) and Belt-Sash
( Paa Kamaa).
The Wolf-Gym continues with the tradition of wearing
coloured Belts as part of the uniform of its members.
These are coloured to show a students level as
they progress through the Black Belt grading syllabus.
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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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