Layton Woman Breaks Through Stereotypes, Receives Fifth-Degree Black Belt At 83

Jul 21, 2021, 9:59 PM | Updated: Jul 22, 2021, 8:30 am

LAYTON, Utah — If you have ever been nervous about trying something new, one Layton woman may help change that. Carole Taylor is 83 years old and said 15 years ago, she needed a change.

“They say when you get past 60 you should do something you’ve never done before to keep those passages in your brain active,” Taylor said. “I thought I should do that.”

Taylor joined her granddaughter Sierra’s karate class in Layton. Since then, she has earned five black belts along with the nickname “Karate Grandma.”

This weekend Taylor received her fifth-degree black belt in Las Vegas from one of the most well-known faces in martial arts — Chuck Norris. Norris told her she was an inspiration to him.

Carol Taylor receives her fifth-degree black belt from Chuck Norris. (Lacey Taylor Owens) (Lacey Taylor Owens) Carol Taylor joined her granddaughter's karate class 15 years ago. Now, she's a fifth-degree black belt.

“He just has such a loving heart, and his family is so wonderful,” Taylor said. “They just really really care.”

Taylor is punching away stereotypes and showing people it is never too late to make a change.

“I get a kick out of my girls saying, ‘My mom is 83 years old and could kick you.’”

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