Here at Pendle Martial Arts Academy we are proud to offer quality tuition in a variety of Martial Arts. All our Instructors are fully qualified, insured and DBS checked, below is our team who have years decades of experience with some regional and national champions:

John 'Staffordshire' Stokes:

John is our Head Coach at The Academy with over 30 years experience within  a variety of Martial Arts. John is only one of a few coaches in the North-West area to be awarded his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. John also holds a 5th Dan in Ju-Jitsu and a 2nd Dan in Judo. John coaches our BJJ Classes and Judo at The Academy.
Derek Whittaker:

Sensei Derek Whittaker has over 50 years experience within Martial Arts. He holds a 5th Dan in Ju-Jitsu and a 1st Dan in Judo. We are incredibly honoured to have Derek as part of our coaching team as he brings a wealth of knowledge to classes. Derek teaches the Junior Ju-Jitsu classes alongside Laura and Catherine.
Colin Drake:

Colin has been training with us at The Academy since it all began. Alongside John he was awarded his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2016 from Lucio Sergio Dos Santos, Colin also holds a 4th Dan in Ju-Jitsu.

Laura Stokes:

Laura has been at The Academy since it all began and was our very first female to receive her Black Belt in Ju-Jitsu Purple Belt in BJJ. Laura holds a 4th Dan in Ju-Jitsu and regularly teaches the Junior Ju-Jitsu class and assists John with our Junior BJJ Class. Laura has recently started to coach our Ladies only BJJ Class alongside Catherine.

Catherine 'Cat' Horner:


Cat has trained with us at The Academy since 1995 and became our first Junior student to successfully obtain their Black Belt and has taught at The Academy ever since. In March 2017 Cat successfully graded to 3rd Dan in Ju-Jitsu and in January of the same year was awarded her Blue Belt in BJJ. Cat also trains Judo at The Academy. She is an active competitor and teaches the Junior Ju-Jitsu Class and  assists Laura with our Ladies Only BJJ Class.

Steven Stokes:

Gabriella Tuff:

Carmella Tuff:


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