Saudi boxing trainer, Hala al-Hamrani, who earned black belt at age 16

Friday, 9 February 2018

Hala al-Hamrani, a Saudi boxing trainer, has described her experience as “unique” and that the sport has given her self-confidence and the ability to face challenges. At the age of 16, she earned a black belt in the Japanese martial arts sport Jujutsu. The boxer was born to a Saudi father and an American mother who was also a boxer. In an interview with Al, Hamrani said that she has seen more and more Saudi women signing-up to practice different sports. She also said ...

Kung Fu nuns strike back at rising attacks on women in India

Friday, 25 August 2017

As dawn breaks, the sun edges over the expansive jagged mountains of Ladakh - a remote Buddhist ex-kingdom in the Indian Himalayas bordering Tibet - to reveal a world where time appears to have stood still. The chant of monks in a centuries-old monastery can be heard in the distance. Villagers slowly emerge from whitewashed stone cottages to tend to their wheat and barley fields, and ready their goats to search for pasture. Complete with its picture-perfect temples precariously perched atop ...

Black belt Lina empowers fellow Jordanian women

Sunday, 6 March 2016

From her parents' basement to the White House, Lina has become an idol to female entrepreneurs in the Arab world

For Pakistan’s Hazara children, martial arts are the way forward

Friday, 26 June 2015

Following the series of deadly attacks targeting the Hazara community, one martial arts instructor decided to help

Martial arts star to become first Muslim female to fight in Islamic country

Sunday, 3 August 2014

The 28-year-old athlete will participate to the One Fighting Championship’s (One FC) “Reign of Champions” in Dubai

Egypt martial arts instructor jailed over sex scandal

Saturday, 7 June 2014

An Egyptian martial arts instructor has been sentenced to two years in prison for promoting vice after having sexual intercourse with women at a health club

Martial artist breaks two world records in Saudi Arabia

Friday, 23 August 2013

Tae Kwan Do black belt Ahmad Amin Bodla, 21, broke two Guinness World Records on Wednesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The first record was for “number of kicks in three minutes,” breaking Indian master Sidhu Kshetri’s world record of 620 kicks with 783 kicks with one leg. The second record was in the number of punches in one minute in the Wing Chun style of martial arts, breaking Australian master Mick Faber’s 301 punches with 313. “I feel quite proud and happy ...

Bruce Lee’s legacy still alive as Hong Kong marks anniversary

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Hailed as cinema's first martial arts hero and a cinematic bridge between the cultures of East and West, Bruce Lee helped put Hong Kong on the movie world map. So why are some in the city marking the 40th anniversary of his death in a toilet? "In 1958, Bruce Lee was a student at St Francis Xavier's [College]," Wong Yiu-keung, chairman of the Bruce Lee Club, explains. "One day, he was caught in a fight in a washroom by one of the fathers. "But the priest also boxed back in his ...

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