Grading & Development / Coaching & Instructor Training



The Requirement of progressing through our system is 50% or above - your belt will change (upto 3rd KYU)



49% or less = FAIL


50-69% = 1/2 Grade Pass


70-89% = Grade Pass


90-100% = Distinction





E.G. - If a student is a very capable high level Green / 6th KYU but not quite Blue / 5th KYU as 1 or 2 requirments has not met the required standard ... Half grade will show a natural level of progression!

You cannot "skip" grades - the experience gained will be invaluable.


WFMA Freestyle Kickboxing Syllabus


This syllabus has been written and created by Sensei Chris West 4th Dan - He has created this system with the view of a supporting his students of a complete striking system for Ringsports. Styles include the following: Boxing, Kickboxing, K1-Kickboxing & Muay Thai boxing.


All of these versions of Ringsports have different rule set to compete in, you will find that a lot of these striking techniques are very similar and even transferable across the four entirely different sports.   Chris West is a very experienced martial artist with almost 25 years in training; he was taught by Master Brian Barnes in the Salford & Manchester area in the North West of England, Brian has decades of experience and trained dozens of champions both Amateur & Professional – and still continues to offer Chris help, guidance and advice with his deep wealth of valuable knowledge.   Chris West has achieved multiple honours at national/international and world level, withhin the sport for  competing.


Since opening and running his own full time club in 2015 Chris has been working on creating a more complete system to give his students a better understanding of the different types of Ringsports and also to be competent and capable to compete within each of the styles rule sets should they wish.


(Boxing, Kickboxing, K1, Muay Thai)


This ‘Freestyle Kickboxing’ system will assist and support students whilst also creating a benchmark for assessment of competence in terms of a martial arts grade via (KYU / DAN)   Chris West has had numerous discussions with the President of the W.K.O. Master Jon Green (6th DAN, World Champion) to discuss and review his system for ‘Freestyle Kickboxing’ and ratification for his system to be recognised as a martial arts grading system.  After discussions the outcome is that the ‘WFMA Freestyle Kickboxing Syllabus’ is officially recognised, ratified and fully approved by The President of the World Kickboxing Organisation. (W.K.O.)



Cobra Kick-Jitsu Syllabus


The concept of a person holding a grade in MMA has been discussed around the world with no real conclusion because, after all, MMA is by definition a combination of  various arts and does not normally include belt grading.


However many practitioners are now beginning to ask to be graded in some way.  The most acceptable way to grade in MMA is to be judged fight per fight in competition, however some MMA clubs are not as competitive as others so how can they be graded?


The same applies to accomplished fighters with nothing to show, grade wise, who then turn to teaching rather than fighting themselves and as such require a syllabus to work

from offering recognised grades.


The answer to this problem is Kick-Jitsu, which is a combination of the throws, locks, groundwork from Ju-Jitsu and the kicks and strikes from Kickboxing.


Andrew Morrell, President of the CMAA has put together a syllabus for clubs to use. Andrew himself holds senior level Black Belts in both Kickboxing and Ju-Jitsu and it is this

background on which the Cobra Kick-Jitsu syllabus has been based.


It should be noted, however, that a person graded in Kick-Jitsu can’t claim to hold a grade in Mixed Martial Arts.




The Grading system follows as;


  • 7th KYU - Yellow
  • 6th KYU - Orange
  • 5th KYU - Green
  • 4th KYU - Blue
  • 3rd KYU - Purple
  • 2nd KYU - Red
  • 1st KYU - Brown
  • 1st DAN Black


Consist of the following;

  • 25 Variations of Throws
  • 21 Arm Lock Bunkai
  • 18 Leg Lock Bunkai

Along with various Punch, Elbow, Knee and Kicking techniques used from kickboxing. Combined together to create a more complete standing and floor based system.


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