Storm Martial arts was founded by Mast Craig Church in 1992 to provide world class martial arts and self defence tuition.
Craig has a long and varied history at the highest levels in many Martial Arts disciplines:
Master Craig Church – 7th Dan Biography
My interest stems from growing up talking to my grandfather Harold ‘SHOGER’ Simpson, Who was a Grenadier Guard in 1943, miner and part of the Simpson’s Boxing Clan, All the Simpsons were Old School boxers competing all over the area. A speciality was fairground boxing booths, and bare knuckle boxing’ when the fair has ‘closed’ Some of the earliest 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. and this was the most modern and effective system taught at this time!
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
DEV BARRAT World Champion
KIM STONES (World TKD 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’
Special Mention should go to my training partners
John Gillott 6th Dan
Pat Revillino 6th Dan World Full Contact Champion
Bob Parkin 6th Dan
Blair Jepson 4th Dan
Adrian Dejanu 6th Dan
‘Cheers & Thanks for putting up with me (& my constant questions)’
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 – current I am Senior Master 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 complete the full 5th dan curriculum too as Brian was grading on the same day. David told me to fight Brian, so we both went to put on our sparring kit,(gloves headboard etc) we were then shouted at and slapped, David informed us that it wasn’t a ring fight but full contact ‘BARE KNUCKLE FIGHT’ 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 my licence signed to 3rd dan by david and Brian. And a certificate of FIRST RESPONSE TRAINING again signed by David. I tried by best to train with David on a more regular basis but the distance between us made this difficult, So he advised me to learn from different skills form various Ju Jutsu styles around me, David would guide me and alter / modify my techniques to make them more efficient 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 – IAI JUTSU –
I have attained various grades in these systems
I attended seminars with
KARL TANSWELL ‘STAB’KNIFE DEFENCE
And many more !
Within this period Brian also persuaded me to compete more along with many inter club wins I held the following titles:-
EMA SHEFFIELD SERIES X8 Champion
EMA NOTTINGHAM SERIES X8 Champion
EMA X4 GRANDCHAMPION
BRITISH CHAMPION X4
ENGLISH CHAMPION X3
EUROPEAN CHAMPION 2003 COMBAT OPEN
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS GERMANY 7th PLACE HEAVY WEIGHTS KICKBOXING
WORLD CHAMPION 3RD PLACE WEAPONS
By this time I had a total of 20 years training with Brian and learned
FULL CONTACT KARATE / KICKBOXING / COMBAT SELF DEFENCE / BRITISH ARMY COMBATIVES / AIKIDO / MILITARY HAPKIDO / NERVE POINT STRIKING / BRITISH ARMY CONTROL & RESTRAINT TECHNIQUES FROM NORTHERN IRELAND.
I was Teaching at schools, sixth forms and Colleges and had over 160 students training with me per week.
Due to wanting to expand on my theorys and experience I made the hardest decision of my professional life and left the B.M.A.A. to set up STORM as a stand alone business under Brian’s B.M.A.A. association. In 2007 I graded to 5th Degree Black Belt BMAA & WAKO.
After losing touch with David I eventually caught up with him in the IBA website and asked if he would help me design my combat ju jutsu system. We have had many phone calls and david gave me some great advice and guidance for which I will be eternally grateful to one of the nicest guys & definaty the MOST AWESOME / SCARY JU JUTSU EXPONENT I have ever met. Due to Ill Heath I was unable to see David before he died DEC 2012 as he was still living in Glasgow. I was honoured to join his Yamabushi Dojo and hold a 5th DEGREE black belt licence under him.
2012 I was graded to the Rank of ROKUDAN (6TH DEGREE BLACK BELT) and hold a full masters degree with the BMAA & WAKO.
2018 I was privileged to be awarded my 7th Degree Black Belt. (KYOSHI) with the B.M.A.A. AND W.A.K.O.