First dan dad completes Melton's black belt family

It became a full house of black belts for the Artingsall family when Simon became their latest jujitsu first Dan last week.

Friday, 24th March 2017, 8:45 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:40 am
And dad makes five. The Artingstall family of first dan black belts EMN-170323-152632002

Simon joined his wife Tanya and children Luke, Stan and Amy in wearing wore the coveted belt after the latest White Tiger Jujitsu Gradings at Jubilee Sports in Melton.

Simon was tested with his training partner Craig Hodgson, from Melton, along with two students from Oldham over a gruelling three hours.

They had to prove their stamina, self-defence technique and anatomy knowledge to grading officers Craig Connell (6th Dan) and Dave Eckersley (3rd Dan), from Rochdale.

There was also a grading for another 64 students from Melton Jujitsu and instructors Sensei Antony Howell and Sensei Steve Parkin congratulated them all for their hard work, focus and commitment.

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Results –

Tiger Cubs (age 3-6): Imogen Cox, Jack Langlands, Imogen Sanders (Red); Arthur Heesom, Ollie Wheatley, Bow Heaton, Alex Klapiscak, Mark Baron (Yellow); Ethan Davidson, Jason He (Orange); Oscar Tang (Green); George Charles, Noah Mitchell, Megan Ninnis, Edee Hanford, Ivy Brown (Purple).

Juniors (age 7-14): Jasmine and Ellis Vickers, Erin Jeffs, Noah Harris, Alyssia Knight, Finley and Samuel Raven (Red); James Hallam, Elliott Rodgers, Stacie and Rhys Partridge, Zoe Clarke, Maddie Irving, Jerome Ellul, James Kuta (Yellow); Sophie Pick, Thomas Lucy, Evie Moulson, Joshua Lawrence (Orange); Ellie Townsend (Green); Stan and Fred Draper-Hill, Rhys Nethercot, Thomas Vann, Matthew Ashton, Kacper Marciniak, Millie Smith, Max Chivers-Blyth (Blue/White); Louie Stace, Charlie Pick, Tom Bishop (Purple); Jamie Southerington (Brown/White).

Seniors (age 15+): Helen Widdowson, Christian Davidson, Del Wild, Ben Edwards, Daniel Baron (Red); Ashley Knight, Danny and Samantha Smith, Sam Naylor (Yellow); Jens McCartney (Orange); Matt Muffett (Green); Richard Skelton (Blue/White); Duncan Brown, Wikki Marciniak, Dave and Adam John (Purple); Simon Artingstall, Craig Hodgson (Black).