Black belts for karate kings and queens

By Clare Newman

Friday, February 21, 2014


Black belts for karate kings and queens

Right, Cory Swinfield, 11, and Stuart Browne in front of their clubmates from the IW Karate and Self Defence Club. Instructor Mark Elliott stands between them. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

KATE Wise-Mellor became the second member of her family to earn her karate black belt last week.

The mother of four first started her karate training in 2005 and after a break to have her fourth child, returned in 2010. From there she has gone from strength to strength and last weekend, successfully passed her three-hour black belt grading exam at Medina Leisure Centre.

Her husband, Dan, has recently achieved the same grade, while one of their daughters, Rosie, is expected to earn her black belt next year.

All three are members of Newport Shotokan Karate Club, which hosted the Shotokan of England Karate Union black and brown-belt grading on the Isle of Wight. More than 60 members from the Isle of Wight and mainland attended.

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Meanwhile, two members of the IW Karate and Self Defence Club obtained their black belts at the event.

Stuart Browne, 42, a physio at St Mary’s Hospital, who started training in the early 1990s and has over the last two years returned to karate training after retiring from competitive rugby, achieved his 2nd Dan grading.

And Carisbrooke Primary pupil Cory Swinfield, 11, achieved junior 1st Dan. Cory started when he was six years old, and is the first junior within the association to start at such a young age to be awarded junior 1st Dan.

The IW Karate and Self Defence Club is marking its 30th anniversary this year with new classes and other events planned.

To find out more, visit or call 821838.

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