MARTIAL ARTS: Awards and black belt for young judoka

Rosie Muxlow
Rosie Muxlow

Dedication has paid off for a Worksop judo star, picking up four awards and a black belt in the space of just 24 hours.

Rosie Muxlow began the martial art when she was just six, and joined Worksop SSBK Judo Academy in 2012 when her family moved to Carlton.

She brought international experience to the local club, having brought back a bronze medal while representing Great Britain in Belgium in 2011.

Now 14, Muxlow picked up a certificate of merit and two medals, along with the trophy for Most Improved Girl, at the club’s annual presentation evening in February.

Just one day later the Hillhouse School student topped those accolades at a grading event.

The teenager had to demonstrate over 140 different types of throws, break falls, strangles, hold-downs, combinations, counters, and etiquette .

After over two hours without a break in the assessment, she went in to three contests against senior male opponents, including 21-year-old Neil Barker.

One local and three Examiners from Kent watched on.

And it was 7th dan Keith Mewes who announced that Muxlow had achieved the highest possible standard .

Full marks from the judges saw her graded to the prestigious black belt.

Proud dad Tony told the Guardian: “She truly is an outstanding martial artist and athlete.”