Transsexual martial artist and GLMA member Delilah Slack-Smith earned third place in the over-35s black belt traditional forms at the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) Australasian championships this month.
To enter the tournament participants must be rated in the top eight for their division. Slack-Smith is also registered to participate in the Gay Games in Cologne next year.
“She’s the only transsexual on the ISKA circuit, which by now seems to make no difference,” GLMA founder Penny Gulliver said. “GLBT participation in the mainstream regularly seems to grind down homophobia to an extent.”
In the meantime, GLMA is holding a grading on Thursday, December 17, at their Erskineville headquarters from 6.30pm for members to gain promotion to the next belt in the system.
“This is a test of their martial arts skills. This is open for anyone to come and watch to find out what the sport is all about and to see how talented GLMA students really are,” Gulliver said.
New kickboxing and self-defence courses will start in early January.
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