Mar­tial moves

ALTAF SAIYED, 20, Karate ex­pert

India Today - - SIMPLY GUJARATI -

A spunky kid, five year-old Altaf Saiyed from Ahmed­abad would of­ten get into brawls with older chil­dren in his colony, and come home with cuts and bruises. In an at­tempt to chan­nel his en­ergy, his mother started send­ing him to karate classes.

An ex­pert in the Shito ryu form of karate, Saiyed has been com­pet­ing in state and national level com­pe­ti­tions since he was a child.

HIGH­LIGHTS Saiyed cur­rently has to his name 40 gold, five sil­ver and five bronze medals. Saiyed who is a third dan black belt has also been cho­sen as the chief karate in­struc­tor for Gu­jarat by the chief karate in­struc­tor of Shito ryu Karate Koshiki of In­dia.

GO­ING STRONG His never-say-die at­ti­tude trans­lates to real life as well. “The fire dur­ing the ri­ots of 2002 burned every­thing in­side our house,” he says. “All my medals and cer­tifi­cates be­fore the year 2002 were de­stroyed dur­ing that time. But I started all over again and have a size­able col­lec­tion again.” Con­tact: 09904777706

sec­ond opinion “Altaf has sea­soned into a per­fect karate mas­ter in such a short span

be­cause of his men­tal strength. He is a nat­u­ral at it.” ARIF SAIYED, BLACK BELT IN SHITO RYU KARATE AND KARATE TEACHER AT

MS HI­IGH SCHOOL AHMED­ABAD

“Keep your de­fences strong and read your op­po­nent’s ev­ery move.

You will know how to beat them.”

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