Sensei Mumtaz Khan

Edited by Wahida Shaffi

in Our stories, our lives

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424105
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302889 | DOI:
Sensei Mumtaz Khan

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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

Chapter.  2783 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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