ALTAF SAIYED, 20, Karate expert
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.”