By Sama Al Taie
UNIVERSITY CITY– Nadin Mahmoud, an American University of Sharjah student, earned a gold medal at a National Competition that took place in Muscat, Oman in February.
The winner, who studies Architecture, said she had to train for at least three hours daily to get herself physically and mentally ready for the contest.
“It has been difficult for me to manage my time with both my studies and karate, but winning was very rewarding,” she said.
Mahmoud said that she also participated in various contests such as the Sharjah Open International Championship and West Asian Competition.
Her journey in the martial art started after her parents signed her up for a karate class at the age of five, she explained.
For the past 13 years, Mahmoud has participated in more than 16 championships across the world.
She said that it is important for one to believe in their skills regardless of how “difficult” the sport can become.
Mahmoud said she hopes for all women to join an athletic class as it is “life changing.”