Maham Tai

By Asif Khan
Tue, 10, 18

Guys who think girls are not as strong as them definitely need to take a break and see our international Mixed Martial Art.....

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Guys who think girls are not as strong as them definitely need to take a break and see our international Mixed Martial Art (MMA) and Bando player Maham Tai, defeating her opponents in the ring, where she is virtually unstoppable. Better yet, they should enter the ring and confront her in a face-off round. Maham started martial arts training at the age of one and a half years, courtesy to her dad Grand Master Ashraf Tai. Besides her father, she also grew up watching her mother and brother involved in the same sport. She surprised everyone when she got her black belt when she was barely eight years old followed by her 2nd Dan at the age of 11. Currently, she is a black belt 3rd Dan. A student of BS Media Science, Maham has five international and six national tournaments to her credit. In her first national event held in Lahore, she was declared ‘Junior National Champion’ and honoured with a Gold Medal in Bando Style. She played Wuko from Army team, securing silver and gold medals in two different fights and also played in Quetta. Maham continued her winning streak and was honoured with Gold Medal in her very first international tournament in ‘Muay Thai Championship’ in Thailand where she also made a distinguished record to finish all three fights in less than six minutes. Her next Kung fu tournament was in China where she won the most coveted Yin Medal after winning two fights. Apart from her national and international events, Maham also trained herself as a fitness trainer and opened up her own gym. She conducts personal fitness classes in Zumba, Yoga, Aerobics and strength training. This week You! talks to Maham to get to know about her likes & dislikes...

You! What’s the best part about your field?

It helps me become a better, braver, more positive person in life and helps me stand out.

You! What is the scope of MMA?

Over the past few years, MMA has taken the world by storm which is a contemporary form of organised fighting and a combination of kickboxing, wrestling, Judo, and Jui Jitsu.

You! Do you ever feel offended when they label it as a ‘guys sport’?

Things are changing fast now and the acceptability level has drastically improved.

You! What does this sport offer to girls?

You don’t always have to be in ‘attack mode’. The first two things that this sport aims to develop is patience and confidence as they help dealing with issues, prejudice, gender bias, outright discrimination and chauvinism.

You! Your claim to fame event...

‘Muay tHai Championship’ in Thailand.

You! Your best achievement would be...

To give my students an opportunity to continually improve and reinforce their own skill sets to be able to grow, achieve, and succeed.

You! Your biggest strength...

My patience.

You! Your idol...

My mother.

You! Your goal...

Bringing perseverance and indomitable spirit through fitness and sports.

You! When feeling low you prefer...

Listening to music.

You! Any regrets?

Not being able to attend the Hong Kong event in 2016 as I was sick.

You! Your worst nightmare...

Losing my abilities.

You! If you could be another person who would you like to be?

Nelson Mandela.

You! You get dejected when...

When I come across people who are double faced.

You! Something you dislike about yourself...

Not being flexible enough.

You! Your definition of love is...

Something unconditional.

You! What touches you the most?

Being humble and humane.

You! What bores you the most?

Talking to dull people.

You! One person you would like to dine out with?

Jean-Claude Van Damme.

You! How, as trainer, have you changed the life of your students?

I feel happy when I see my students attaining confidence.

You! The most unforgettable moment of your life was...

When my father received the ‘Pride of Performance’ award from the President of Pakistan and the day when he was honoured with ‘Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’.

You! Message for the readers...

Be sure about the goals you want to attain in life, remain focused and believe in yourself.

  • Hair & Makeup: Sumaira Siddiqui 
  •  Co-ordination: Faraz K. 
  •  Photography By: Asif Khan