For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by the world of Martial Arts. At the age of 10, like many children of my generation, I would go with my brother and a few of our friends to watch Bruce Lee movies at a cinema near our house. Then came the teenage years; all pumped up by those movies, decided to practice Karate, which I found exciting, active and cool. But, there was something missing.
A few years later I came to know about a less famous art through the prolific movies of Steven Seagal (classics like Under Siege, Above the Law, and so many more), and I remember thinking to myself, ‘It looks cool being able to beat up attackers and break their bones!’. At the time of course, I didn’t know what Martial Art I was watching, as it was not yet popular in Egypt.
After I moved to Dubai, I learned that this Martial Art was called ‘Aikido’. Not really understanding much about it then, I joined a Dojo for practice, trying to imitate the coolness I saw in those movies. When I started, all I wanted to do was mimic the techniques as I imagined them to be; I was convinced I was doing it right. While technically I might have been, there was still something missing. I continued my training for a year, but soon got busy with life and put the practice on hold – at least for a while.