Black Belts

Achievement of a Black Belt is the culmination of many years of hard work by a student to reach the standard required for such an award. The award of a black belt is not taken lightly as the standards of the Shitoryu Karate Association are held in the highest regard throughout the karate community. The quality of our black belts is something we are very proud of and are committed to maintain both now and in the future.

Those named in the following list have successfully achieved our exacting standards for the grade held. All of our Dan grades have been assessed and awarded by Sensei Connell.


Sam Mansfield (Sensei) – 3rd Dan


Nic Mansfield – 1st Dan


Hi I’m Nic Mansfield and I’m currently 25. I’ve been training in karate for over 10 years and in that time I’ve been able to participate in competitions in England and Scotland. This all built up to obtaining my black belt in November 2017. For me, karate has been a great way to maintain overall fitness of my body and mind. I have also found it beneficial in creating and developing attitudes toward persevering and hard work that I use to great advantage in my day-to-day life.