Rochdale News | Sports News | Maryam, 6, qualifies for world karate championships after winning silver at nationals

Date published: November 02, 2022

A six-year-old girl from Rochdale has qualified for the Karate World Championships in Florida next year after winning a silver medal at the National Karate Championships in October.

Maryam Nurani from the Dojo Karate Center in Rochdale won the silver medal in the kata competition held in Birmingham on October 16th.

The Heybrook Primary student joined the Dojo Karate Center in Rochdale when she was just four years old, taking the Tiger Tots course twice a week.

She began learning martial arts as a form of self-defense, after an incident at her old school.

Due to Covid, karate lessons have been moved online via Zoom, with Maryam using her mother’s phone to continue training.

As Covid restrictions eased and lessons returned to the club, senseis felt Maryam was more than ready to step up and join the upper class. She was also selected to join the junior class which allows her to participate in internal and external competitions.

The competition was Maryam’s first external and she was also the youngest member of her club to participate.

Her mother, Zabina, said: “I’m so proud of her that she showed a high level of determination and courage.

I spoke to her and asked her what she thought of the world championships and she said “I’m excited and a little nervous”. I remind him to just enjoy and have fun while learning and experimenting in life.

The principal of Heybrook Primary School added: “We are all very proud of Maryam.”

Maryam enjoys practicing active sports like karate, Thai boxing and gymnastics. She also enjoys arts and crafts, reading and writing.

The world championships will be held in Daytona Beach, Florida in July 2023.

Ruth J. Leeds