Record-breaking year for Liam

PUBLISHED: 16:20 11 December 2018

Liam Mashford.

Liam Mashford.


Liam Mashford celebrated being the youngest-ever black belt in Bristol Karate Academy’s 40-year history after passing his exam.

Liam Mashford became the youngest-ever black belt in Bristol Karate Academy’s 40-year history, after passing his shodan exam in Surrey under world-famous instructors, Sensei Andy Sherry (9th Dan) and Sensei Frank Brennan (8th Dan).

The youngster, who recently celebrated his 10th birthday, started karate back in 2013 as part of a programme by Bristol Karate Academy to encourage children from age five to get active. Now Liam is able to proudly wear his new belt at training and events across the country.

It has been an excellent year for Liam, having been crowned a KUGB Southern Region champion in June and picking up his latest medal just last week, at the South West Championships.

Club coach, Tim Griffiths, said, “Liam’s performance at his black belt grading was excellent. After making numerous improvements in the run up to the grading he certainly stood out amongst the crowd.”

“We have high expectations of all of our black belts and look forward to seeing him continue to thrive with us. While Liam is now the youngest-ever black belt at the club, he certainly has big shoes to fill.

“The previous record holder recently picked up a team gold at the JKS national championships and earlier this year became an instructor at the Academy after 14 years of hard study.”

Liam is the third member of the Mashford family to pass his black belt, with brother, Josh, having been awarded his a year earlier and dad, Kevin, having passed his in 1993.

They all look forward to their youngest brother, Luke, and mother join, who are both keen to start as soon as Luke turns five.

Bristol Karate Academy are currently welcoming new registrations to their Bushido Warriors special courses for five to seven-year-olds, which starts again in January in Backwell. Visit for more information.

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