Trio earn black belt honour
Three members of the Street-based Matt Fiddes Martial Arts School have achieved the discipline's ultimate goal and become 1st Dan black belts.
Kelly Turner-Lee, Ashley Herron and Victoria House successfully came through a three-hour panel grading in Swindon at their first attempt.
To make their achievement all the more impressive, they were the first members of the ladies-only training programme in the UK to receive the highest grading.
Instructor Lucy Fear said: "What a momentous occasion it was for us all. They passed with outstanding technique and honour – I am so proud of them, what an inspiration to all the ladies that follow.
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"These ladies have trained with me for around four years and have now achieved their goal but that's not the end – we've reset the goals and are already working towards their 2nd Dan."
Ladies-only kickboxing classes are held in Street, Wells and Shepton Mallet, with new members aged 12 and over always welcome.
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