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Yousef and I went to Bahrain over the weekend to watch my brother compete in the Middle East IKO Dojos Karate Tournament. I have a transparent belt in Karate, so I had no idea what to expect.  This was the first event of its kind in the region and participants were mainly from Bahrain and Kuwait.

I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout.  A lot of family support for the young men and boys.  There were even five-year-olds competing!

The fights were short and sweet, but the number of contestants was high - so things took a while.  The venue was good, but the organisation lacked experience.  Overall a very good event with a nice atmosphere.

I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous when my brother's turn came.  He started off on the defensive for fifteen seconds or so, then he changed his tempo and took control.  He won this fight which went into an extra deciding round.

He finished the night with the silver cup, coming in third place for his weight bracket.  Congratulations M.

Reader Comments (10)

These photos bring back memories of watching my first tournament. I too did not know what to expect. At least your brother got to wear a head guard. Ours did not!! My daughter is a black belt in karate and spent a year in the England squad. She did not fight internationally however, but she did win a silver medal for her age category in kata (movement patterns). Congrats to your brother!! :)

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl Louis

lol@ transparent belt! :D Nice pictures as usual. Mabrook to Mr.M for the Silver cup. Btw I have a green belt in Karate but no I'm no longer in shape :(

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMathai

Congrats to your brother...

I am no expert in photography but is it the type of lens you use that make your pictures look soo natural Mashallah. At times I feel I am the location by just looking that them! Beautiful pics...

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmu

woooot woooot!

Thanks for the post (or warning) I won't go near him if I see him next time :P hehe

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQ80BOY

Thank you. You must be very proud of your daughter. I saw the little kids 'fighting'. Very impressive how focussed they were at such a young age.

May 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Thanks Matthew :)

May 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

Thank you.

I'm no expert! but this is probably the nicest compliment I've had. I am humbled. I try to always make the photo take you to the place - and this is why I love your comment :)

Yes the lens helps - in this case it's a zoom lens so you have to keep the camera steady. The camera is also important as you're shooting in low light: you need a high ISO.

May 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef


May 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

M« U R my hero ;D

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenteriKaRuSy-7

Congratulations! Thats pretty good! I would probably have my ass handed to me! loool

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

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