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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!

(p.51) Sensei Mumtaz Khan
Our stories, our lives
Wahida Shaffi
Policy Press

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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