Video- She faced strong opposition from her family and society.. This is how an Iraqi woman defied norms and became a professional martial artist
International trainer Saadoun Galaoui expressed his surprise at the large number of women and girls wishing to learn martial arts and self-defense
Video duration 04 minutes 13 seconds
Iraqi Bushra Abdel Zaher defied the norms prevailing in her community in the conservative city of Najaf (south of Baghdad) when she decided to learn martial arts, including boxing and karate.
Bushra, a 36-year-old mother of two children, said that she faced many difficulties and strong opposition from her family and society, which sees such sports as unsuitable for women.
And Bushra – a trainer in a gymnasium – started with karate and then moved to “kickboxing”, even turning a room in her home into a training hall.
Bushra said that she faced many difficulties because of her conservative society, but she overcame them and proved her worth, winning gold medals.
International trainer Saadoun Galaoui was astonished by the large number of women and girls wishing to learn martial arts and self-defense.