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Newbury earns fourth dan black
4:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Local
BEN Newbury is leading the way as Samurai Club has been hit by bumper load of new black belts.
The 23-year-old has been promoted to fourth dan to become one of the most senior competitors at the club.
As one of the country’s foremost tournament directors and a national referee, Newbury won all of his contests and defeated 10 third level black belts to earn promotion.
Ryan Pitcock has now gained his third level black belt after a decade of winning major medals.
Nigel Tinsdale, who returned to judo after his daughter Hetty started, also reached third dan level.
Laura Dangerfield has been shooting up the ranks for the last two years.
With Kate Walker currently inactive, she has taken over the mantle of Worcestershire’s top woman contest player and recently gained a place on the Great Britain senior women’s squad, only the second woman from the county after Walker to get into the squad.
Dangerfield had long since gained the wins for her second level black belt, but like Tinsdale and Newbury had to wait until she had held her first level black long enough to earn her second dan.
This follows recent promotions to black belt for Jess Sullivan and John Maguire, 70, and the Samurai have more in the pipeline when Mike Marsden and Alex Poulton reach the time requirements for second level black in the autumn.
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