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Wahida Shaffi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424105

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424105.001.0001

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Sensei Mumtaz Khan

Sensei Mumtaz Khan

No Mercy!

Chapter:
(p.51) Sensei Mumtaz Khan
Source:
Our stories, our lives
Author(s):
Wahida Shaffi
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424105.003.0007

This chapter reports the story of Sensei Mumtaz Khan. She is 35 years old and was born in Little Horton, in the Bradford area. Sensei founded the Onna Ju-Jitsu club. Growing up, skin-colour wise, because she was fairer than some of the other children who she used to go to school with, they always assumed that she was of dual heritage – what they called half-caste. Sensei cannot speak Urdu, but she speaks Pushto as a dialect, which is what Pathans speak. As a child, she and her siblings were sent to mosque to learn to read the Qaida. Sensei came across ju-jitsu by pure luck. The training was hard and she was doing it twice a week. Maybe in some ways, Sensei finds her identity within ju-jitsu because there is no differentiation within religion or anything like that. The principal thing in ju-jitsu is that one should show respect to everything and everyone.

Keywords:   Sensei Mumtaz Khan, Ju-Jitsu club, respect, religion, Qaida

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