Family wins black belt challenge

FOUR members of an Ipswich family have proved they a force to be reckoned with after being awarded their black belts in Karate on the same day.The Taylor children – Carly , 16, Nicolle , 14, Ryan, 11, and Maddison, 6 – have been training for two-and-a-half years to achieve the coveted award.

FOUR members of an Ipswich family have proved they a force to be reckoned with after being awarded their black belts in Karate on the same day.

The Taylor children – Carly , 16, Nicolle , 14, Ryan, 11, and Maddison, 6 – have been training for two-and-a-half years to achieve the coveted award.

To qualify the siblings had to perform ten meticulously practised routines, seven kicks, and fight with two different people in the hour long grading on December 18.

Now the Karate kids, of Romney Road, aim to go onwards and upwards by earning their Dan grades, which are stripes on their black belts. Then they can become instructors themselves.


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Carly said: "It all went very well as we all practise every day so were ready. We are all so proud of our little sister."

Maddison is hoping to use her fighting skills to get into movies, as she is a big fan of the Charlie's Angels films.

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Mother Judith said: "I am very proud of them. They have worked very hard for this training twice a week at with instructor Wayne Jordan at St John the Baptist church in Cauldwell Hall Road.

"It gives them confidence and makes them feel safer on the streets."

The youngsters took up the sport for personal safety reasons after Carly was involved in an incident where she felt very vulnerable.

The family is now looking for sponsorship to help them buy new equipment further their skills. If anyone would like to help out they should contact Judith Taylor on Ipswich 421981.

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