First Saudi female taekwondo trainer

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Wud Shaikh, a 30-year-old Saudi citizen, has become the first Saudi female trainer in Taekwondo, al-Madinah newspaper reported.

She said that she began Karate training when she was nine years old, at an international school, but did not continue her training due to personal circumstances.

However, the thought of practicing martial arts never left her, and her determination increased when she graduated from school in 2000.

She contacted the Korean International School in Jeddah and began her training in Taekwondo. She then obtained a black belt from Britain, and another from Jeddah that was certified in Korea.

She said that Taekwondo teaches patience and self-respect. It depends on concentration and quickness, and utilizes fists and the feet.

Taekwondo differs from Karate in the high and flying kicks, and differs from kung fu where it doesn’t rely on floor moves.

She said that when she left the country and came back seven years later, she was astonished by society's increased attention to sports and nutrition.

She found that many females had taken up walking as a hobby, and many have enlisted in health clubs.

Many girls were also interested in Taekwondo and she began training them. She said that the best age to begin learning Taekwondo is at six.

She wanted to prove that she could make it and was able to succeed, and thus, has become the first Saudi woman to give training in Taekwondo.

She was first confronted with the problem that there were not many women's clubs in the Kingdom, but she said this has recently changed.

There are now women teams for basketball, volleyball, and football, which is good for women's sports.

She hopes that one day soon the women’s clubs can fall under the association of the General Presidency for Youth Welfare.