This 7-Year-Old Kashmiri Jabs Her Way Into The World Kickboxing Championship


The first-ever female Kashmiri kick-boxer to represent India at the World Kickboxing Championship that is to take place in Andria, Italy, this November is all of 7-years-old. Hailing from a small, unsung village in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district, Tajamul Islam may look like any other kid-next-door, but step into the ring with her and you’ll know she’s not someone you want to mess with.

Tajamul’s father Ghulam Mohammad Lone, a driver with Hindustan Construction Company, earns enough to just make ends meet for his family. Tajamul has four other siblings- two brothers and two sisters who are also learning martial arts under the mentor-ship of Faisal Ali Dar, who runs an academy in town.

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 “I spotted Tajamul from the distance. She wasn’t yet completely conversant with the rules of the game but she had the speed, a terrific speed. I found her instinctively aggressive,” says Dar in a report tocatchnews, who has twelve years of coaching experience. “A few days into the training, and she was all over the place. She didn’t only lord it over inside the ring but outside it too. Not only kickboxing, she also took part in dancing, singing and debating, And fights too. She is a girl nobody would dare mess with”, Dar adds.
It was two years ago that Dar coached her to participate in the districts martial arts championship in which represented her Army school. She not only went on to win the competition but also emerged victorious in the State Level Championship held last year in Jammu where she was declared the best fighter of J&K.

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Tajamul won gold in sub-junior category in the National Kickboxing Championship held in New Delhi last December, proceeding which she earned a selection to represent India in the World Championships slated to be held in Italy in November.

“I will go and win. I will beat everybody,” says a confident Tajamul. “You know I am the champion”.

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