Saadi Abbas Success Story
Saadi Abbas Success Story
Saadi Abbas the captain of the Pakistan National Karate Team.
A brief introduction to yourself?
I belong from Karachi Pakistan, I am the captain of the Pakistan National Karate Team, a professional player at Ittihad Kalba sports Club UAE, the only player in the South Asia region who took the Gold Medal in the Asian Karate Championship, 2 time Gold medal in Commonwealth Karate Championship, US open Gold Medal, South Asian Games Gold medalist, 4th Islamic Games silver medal, and many more medal in international Karate championships.
How did you develop your fondness for karate?
At the start it was normal but when teachers start giving the task to class I was performing best so their appreciation makes me like this game more.
What drew you to Karate out of all other sports?
It was my father that he wants any of his sons should learn Martial Arts and I was very energetic from a young age so he enrolled me in the karate club.
At what age did you start learning karate?
I was I guess 7 or 8 years old.
What is your style and what rank do you currently hold in karate?
1st I took the black belt in bando and I learn Shotokan Karate as well and I am a black belt 2nd DAN.
What was the highest prize you won?
The highest achievement was the Gold medal in the Asian Karate championship.
What do you like more Kata or Kumite?
As being Karate student I was gd in both Kata and Kumite but later in professionally I do only Kumite.
Do you have a favorite Sensei?
I learn through many coaches but Sensi Ahmed Safi from Iran is my favorite.
How did you get to this position and how was your journey being in this sport?
Reaching this position was not easy at all as in Pakistan modern Karate was new as compare to other world and it was not that much supported by Govt so it was difficult to meet international standards, after losing some championship I realize it would be impossible to world level player if I stay in Pakistan but I inside me I was having a dream to be Asian Champion so I start doing real work hard and learn from anywhere I got chance and trust on Almighty Allah and right now I’m here with all these achievements I believe your hard work never get waste it’s always paid off if your hard work is on the right direction and u trust your instance.
Do you take karate as your profession or is it just a hobby?
Karate is a profession for me.
Who’s been an inspiration for you throughout your sports journey?
On top, my father was the one who always pushes me, and some other colleagues’ friends who always have to believe in me there support never let me down.
What challenges did you come across on getting where you are at today?
You can share any injury story as well.
As I mention before we had very Basic facilities in the training camp in Pakistan, not proper coach, physical fitness, diet or not a dr or physio like another country would have we were just getting food, a place to sleep, and a training area with a local coach not many international championships to improve our confidence so it was a very hard time and whenever I describe also I feel those days were horrible but I never give up and always push my limits, I suffer from many injuries but all expenses of Dr. I pay by self which make me sadder I play for my country and got injured but I pay for my recovery as well like recently my injury I will share with u I got MCL complete tear and ACL partial tear on my right knee during a match in Asian Games 2018 I won the quarter-final and when I’m back my country no one even asked about my leg and I pay all money for dr many stories like this make u give but I never give up.
What motivates you the most about your profession as an athlete?
I achieved what was my dream but I couldn’t do anything for the youth which problems I faced in my young age those are still there and they are facing more worst problems as well so I decided to push more myself qualify into Olympics and take the medal to be internationally more recognized and get funds for youth athletes and support them to make their dreams come true because in Pakistan we always face financial issues to participate in international championship and athlete prepare themself but they can’t participate because of no fund and they get dis heart and stop doing games so I want to do something that our youth athlete doesn’t suffer from lack of funds and they can show their talent in front of the world. To accomplish this mission I always motivate myself that I have to be in someplace that I can help my young generation.
What are your strengths as both an athlete and as a person?
My strength is my calmness and not to give up no matter what I always try to find a solution in a difficult time.
Do you have something you want everyone to learn?
I guess all our life we never have to give up learning keep learn don’t see who is teaching you see what he or she is teaching you, never give up whoever’s the circumstance is have peace in your self and everything will be fine because there is always relax after hard work.