The Legitimate Desk
Srinagar: Determination is the key of success. Yes this little girl of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district proves it.
8 year old Tajamul Islam is returning from the Arena, Italy after defeating her American rival in international kick boxing championship along with a trophy to make her nation proud.
When Tajamul became the first Kashmiri girl to make her way for the international championship in Italy in April this year, she resolved to return with the trophy.
“I will knock down all. I am determined to win this trophy,” She had said in April when she was preparing for the world championship. Before streaking through this tough journey, she participated and won National kickboxing championship at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi last year. Tajamul defeated her opponents from six states; New Delhi, Haryana, Telengana, Bihar, Maharashtra and Manipur in National competition.
A student of Army goodwill school in Ajes, Bandipora, Tajamul was supported by the army in her sport given to abject poverty back home. Her father is a driver by profession.
In this international event as many as ninety countries participated and Tajamul bagged gold medal.
In 2015, Tajamul bagged Gold Medal in National Kick Boxing Championship that made her entry for International Championship hosted by Italy.
Her training started at Ali Academy-a local sports academy established by an international kickboxing player Faisal Ali of Bandipora.
Tajamul’s journey to this level started with a district level martial arts championship organised by Faisal Ahmad Dar, a martial instructor. Tajamul was sent there by her school authorities to participate.
The minister for education in Jammu and Kashmir congratulated the small girl of his town.
In his facebook post, he said: “Multiple joy for me. Bandipur, Kashmir, J&K….”8 years old, Tajamul Islam has become first ever Kashmiri girl to represent India at World Kickboxing Championship. When Tajamul Islam enters the boxing ring with armed chest guard, headgear and gloves her kicks acquire intimidating look. She stops to be a kid on the very ‘Box’call of referee. Her gymnastic moves hardly let her opponent to act.”
This is how she broke the 16 year boys winning streak in National Kickboxing Championship. By this win she not only won the gold in sub-junior category in the National Kickboxing Championship held in New Delhi in December 2015 but also qualified for World kickboxing championship to be held at Andria, Italy in November.
“I spotted Tajamul during her fight. She had the awesome speed and aggression, although she had a bit hesitation with game rules. But I convinced her and exposed to the game and assured her successful career”, her coach Faisal Dar had told The Legitimat in April.
After Tajamul won the district championship, Dar called her father and convinced him to send Tajamul to his academy for further training. He agreed but he won’t allow her to go alone so his two more children started going for martial arts training in ALLI’s academy Bandipora.
“After few weeks of training I visualize Tajamul had God’s gift. Her gymnastic moves, her reflexes, her swiftness and her anger is all what this game require. So we need to channelize her positively,” said Dar.
Starting with district level champion at Bandipora in 2014, Tajamul got the attention at the state level championship and was declared the best fighter from Jammu and Kashmir last year.
“She defeated opponents weighing more than her and she was never scared. She was so rapid in her moves it was hard to judge her move,” said Dar, appreciating and feeling proud of Tajamul.