Tajamul Islam from Bandipore in Kashmir is a seven-year-old girl who is going to represent India at the upcoming World Kick-boxing Championship in Italy in November 2016.
Tajamul weighs just 25 kg, but no one dares to mess with her when she enters the kick-boxing arena as she has time and again proven that she can take on challengers who are much older and bigger than her.
Tajamul, will represent India at the sub-junior level and is confident that she will win a medal at the world meet.
She has previously clinched several titles both at the state and national levels.
A kid who is full of confidence, Tajamul says:
Tajamul is the daughter of Ghulam Mohammad, a truck driver who works in a construction company in Bandipore.
Mohammad has four other kids, including three daughters, and all are being trained in Wushu and kick-boxing at a local academy in Bandipore.
A proud father, Mohammad says all his children less than 12 years-of-age and making a name for themselves. He proudly adds, “I am thankful to God that He has blessed me with these wonderful children.”
Even at younger age Tajamul had always showed a knack for kick-boxing and in December 2015, all her hard-work and training paid off when she won gold in sub-junior category of the National Kickboxing Championship in New Delhi.
The Gold had thus ensured her qualification for World Championship for which she is training now.
Her trainer, Faisal Ali Dar, says he is not surprised that she qualified. Tajamul has been a rising star, he says, and achieved all this in less than two years from joining.
“I didn’t believe my eyes when I saw her first, two years ago. Her style, punch and the way she was playing, I found that she was different from other kids. Without any training she was doing great..I said this child will go far ahead. I told her you stay with me and her father also cooperated.”
Though she loves kick-boxing, Tajamul says she wants to become a doctor when she grows up so she would be able to fix other people’s bones she breaks during a fight.