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Marilyn Fierro

Marilyn Fierro is an American 9th-degree black belt in karate.[1]


Fierro is Jewish, grew up in The Bronx in the 1950s, and later lived in Kings Park, New York.[2][3][4]

She has studied under Nick Adler and Angi Uezu.[4] In 1996, she was promoted to seventh-degree black belt, making her the highest-ranked woman worldwide in Okinawan Isshinryu Karate.[5] She is now an is an ninth-degree black belt.[1] promoted by her teachers Hanshi Nick Adler and Hanshi Angi Uezu in May 2014

Since opening her school in Smithtown 1978, she has taught martial arts attack-prevention programs.[6] She owns and operates the Smithtown Karate Club, in Smithtown, New York.[7]

She has also written for Black Belt magazine.[8][9]

Halls of Fame

In 1988, she became the first female inducted into the Isshinryu Hall of Fame, in Knoxville, Tennessee.[2] In 1997, she was inducted into the New York Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[7][10]


  1. ^ a b "Motobu; Japanese Karate Master Shares Stories in Region". The Free Lance-Star. August 7, 2005. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Bob Wechsler. Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ Marnie Winston-Macauley. Yiddishe Mamas: The Truth About the Jewish Mother. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Marilyn Fierro – Jewish Sports Hall of Fame". Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ Joe Krupinski (August 14, 1996). "Fierro Earns 7th-Degree Black Belt". Newsday. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ Debby Wong (December 20, 1994). "Defending Oneself Knows No Gender". Newsday. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Black Belt". December 1997. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Black Belt". July 1996. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Black Belt". March 1996. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Elkington Still Has Lead, But Hoch Isn't Far Behind". Newsday. March 30, 1997. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 

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