A long-serving nurse turned multi-gold medal winning martial artist has reflected on his success in the sport.

David Hipgrave, a community specialist nurse in the Older Adults Therapeutic Service for Dudley, secured his fourth international gold medal at the recent World Martial Arts Championships in Greece.

This win came after previous victories in Sicily in 2016, England in 2018, and Geneva in 2019.



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Hipgrave, 61, said: "I enjoy my sport due to the physical and mental challenges it presents, I don’t have any retirement plans from competing just yet."

The martial arts enthusiast, originally from Walsall, was recently inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame and has been the recipient of a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the sport.

His martial arts career began at the tender age of seven, inspired by a judo-loving aunt.

Over the years, Hipgrave has led his own karate club, imparted his knowledge through coaching, and now also judges competitions.

However, he also cherishes his nursing career that began in 1982.

He said: "I love working with older adults, it’s a hugely rewarding job.

"Martial arts is important to me as it’s good to pursue a passion and have a release.

"I like having something to strive for."

Beyond martial arts and nursing, Hipgrave has raised substantial funds for charities.

So far, he’s generated £3,000 each for Dementia UK and Nerve Tumour UK, and £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support through a sponsored swim equivalent to the length of the English Channel.

His next fundraising venture in 2024 will be for Myeloma UK.

Hipgrave’s sporting prowess and charity efforts have seen him invited to switch on the Christmas lights at Bantock House in Wolverhampton and showcase his World Championship belts at the Mayor’s Parlour in Walsall.