Storm Martial arts was founded by Mast Craig Church in 1992??? to provide high quality fitness and martial arts tuition.
Craig has a long and varied history at the highest levels in many Martial Arts disciplines:
My interest stems from growing up taling to my grandfather Harold Simpson, Who was a Grenadier Guard in 1943, miner and part of the Simpson Clan Old School boxing. Some of the eariest memories in combat arts are watching my granddad showing me knife hand strikes, heel stamps, and walking down the garden path punching his legs. When I competed as a child he was there at my first fight with the immortal words ‘keep your hands up and keep jabbing with the left. Although I had a basic understanding some skills I only really learned martial arts from my Instructor since 1987 Master Brian Beck 8th Dan W.A.K.O.
Brian was teaching with the E.C.K.A. at the time of me meeting him, I graded under and have certificates signed by from the mid 80’s to early 1990’s
HOWARD BROWN P.K.A. World Kickboxing Champion
ARTHUR ‘King Of The Britons’ O’LOUGHLIN “locky” P.K.A. World Kickboxing Champion
I Followed brian and Arthur when they Co-founded the B.A.C.K. (British Academy Of Contact Karate) and graded under Brian and Arthur unto 2nd Degree Black Belt. It was at this step I met someone who would change my ju jutsu skills and direction forever Shihan David-Morgan Brown 9TH DAN also known as the ‘Northern Ninja’
When Brian and Arthur split I as a loyal student followed Brian as he Founded the B.M.A.A. British Martial Arts Academy. From 1994 – 2010 I was a Senior instructor with the B.M.A.A. and examiner for coloured belts and Black belts. During this period I graded to 3rd Dan Twice once with Brian and then With David. This was the hardest grading I have ever attended as I had to colpete the full 5th dan as Brian was grading on the same day. David told me to fight Brian so we both went to put on our sparring kit, having been shouted at and slapped, David informed us that it wasn’t a ring fight but full contact ‘BARE KNUCKLE’ little to say I was a little miffed as I had to fight my instructor with no rules with no equipment . to be honest I cant even remember using a gumshield at this point. I got mu licence signed to 3rd dan by david and Brian. And a certificate of FIRST RESPONSE TRAINING again signed by David. I asked David if I could train with him on a more regular masis but the distance between us made this difficult so he advised me to learn from different ju jutsu styles around me and he would guide me and make my techniques more effeicient as and when we could meet up.
4 years on and listening to Davids Sage advice and still training and teaching with brian and my own students I was sent out to learn from different systems from which I learned some of the following systems of which I later would found STORM MARTIAL ARTS
KOBUDO – KODAI RYU JU JUTSU – BUJINKAN – ATEMI JU JUTSU – 5 ANIMAL KUNG FU – SHOALIN KUNG FU – KOBU JUTSU – WADO RYU – SHOTOKAN –
I have attained various grades in these systems
I attended seminars with
ANDY NORMAN ‘STICK FIGHTING’
KARL TANSWELL ‘STAB’KNIFE DEFENCE
PROF ROBERT CLARKE
And many more !
Within this period Brian also persuaded me to compete more I won local tournaments and went n to
EMA SHEFFIELD SERIES X8 Champion
EMA NOTTINGHAM SERIES X8 Champion
BRITISH CHAMPION X4
ENGLISH CHAMPION X3
EUROPEAN CHAMPION 2003 COMBAT OPEN
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS GERMANY 7th PLACE HEVY WEIGHTS KICKBOXING
WORLD CHAMPION 3RD PLACE WEAPONS
After THIS 4 YEARS WAS UP I WAS GRADED TO 5TH dan WITH brian and hols the W.AK.O. CERTIFICATE FOR THIS
By this time I had a total of 20 years with brian and learned
FULL CONTACT KARATE / KICKBOXING / COMBAT SELF DEFENCE / BRITISH ARMY COMBATIVES
AIKIDO / MILITARY HAPKIDO / NERVE POINT STRIKING /
RESTRAINT TECHIQUES FROM NORTHEN IRELAND
I WAS TEACHING AT SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND HAD OVER 160 STUDENTS TRAINING WITH ME PER WEEK.
Afetr the credit crunch and wanting to expand on my theorys and experience I made the hardest decision of my professional liufe and let he B.M.A.A. to set up STORM. Although my black belts are still graded by myself I take them to the BM.A.A. BLACK BELT GRADING AND WE ARE STILL AN AFFILIATED SCHOOL WOTIN THE B.M.A.A.BRANCH. AND I AM A SENIOR GRADING EXAMINER / BLACK BELT EXAMINER WITH THE B.M.A.A.
AFTER LOSONG TOUCH WITH DAVID I FOUND HIM ON THE I.B.A. WEBSITE AND AGAIN GOT INTOUCH AND ASKED IF I COULD TRAIN WITH HIM and is if would help me design my comnbat ju jutsu system. We have had many phone calls and david gave me some great ADVISE AND GUIDANCE FOR WHICH I WILL BE EBETRANLLY GREATFULL TO ONE OF THE NICEST GUYS AND MOST AWESOME / SCARY JU JUTSU EXPONINT I HAVE EVER MET . DUE TO ILL HEALTH I WAS UNABLE TO SEE DAVID BEFRE HIS DEATH IN DEC 2012 AS HE WAS STILL LIVING IN GLASGOW. I WAS ALLOWED TO JOIN HIS YAMABUSHI DOJO AND HOLD A 5th DEGREE black belt licence UNDER HIM him. I wish It to be noted I don’t claim to be a 5th dan in his kogen ryu system, that is now headed by master gary bridge his successor. I hold a licence in this system to this day.
In 2012 I was graded to the Rank of ROKUDAN (6TH DEGREE BLACK BELT) AND HOLD A FULL MASTERS GRADE FROM THE B.M.A.A AND WAKO.
I AM CURRENTLY BACK TEACHING AT SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES AROUNF THE AREA PUTTING MY OWN STAMP ON FUN AND EXPERLY TAUGHT MARTIAL ARTS NOW MY KIDS ARE AT SCHOOL FULL TIME.