Meet Umar Bhat, 26-year old International Wushu Player

One of the greatest pleasures in life is doing what people say you cannot do. Stay strong and prove them wrong.
Wushu is the Chinese word for all forms of traditional Chinese Martial Arts. The word Wushu means the ‘Art of not fighting.’ The true meaning behind the real Martial Arts. It orginated in China after 1949 went on to become an international sport with a specially dedicated body the International Wushu Federation (IWUF).
Most of theb martial arts have much to do with the mind, and to say it prepares a person to take on difficult situations and imbibes in him or his spirit of fighting.
Umar Bhat,(26) a year old International Wushu Player from Jammu and Kashmir
who is acchieving heights in the art of playing martial arts under the presidency of his coach Mr Syed Ashiq Hussain from the year of 2003
17 years ago, this Kashmiri boy didn’t know anything about wushu and had never even seen a (wushu) player before. But today, he is an acclaimed international player and a senior wushu national medalist of Jammu and Kashmir, he has already coached hundreds of school going kids.
Umar bhat (26), a professional civil engineering graduate from Jammu and Kashmir, discovered wushu when he was 7-years-old, and since then there has been no looking back. For someone so young, he is fearless, passionate and determined. He is a shining example of how when young boys are empowered and given freedom of choice, they can surmount any challenge. Umar has also leveraged the power of social media to ensure that her efforts and talent don’t go unnoticed.
When wushu was first introduced in his area Budgam by a local club namely “Bruce Lee’s Institute of martial arts”, he was very much happy to play. “I had no idea about the sport, the rules and how it’s played. I hadn’t even basic knowledge of kicking ,punching or throwing However ,a week after I realized that it was going to be a real fun.
After gaining the skills and experience of Wushu Sports, Umar did not look back. Umar has already won many medals at the state level, national level, and international level. In 2018 he was selected for International Moscow Wushu Stars Championship at Moscow Russia and recently he also participated in Senior National Wushu Championship and went on to win a bronze medal for the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
The promotion of wushu has undoubtedly changed the lives of young boys and girls like umar for better. I want to learn more. I believe there is a lot of scope and talent in Kashmir. I have been coaching for the past 17 years and started to reach schools, for activities of wushu sports. I believe we Kashmiris have good talent in all sports and activities, and we just need to believe in ourselves and work hard for better outcomes. Apart from other fields the boys and girls should feel free in joining the sports of their choices as well, even they can also earn their name and livilihood in the art of sports as well, lot of courses also available for sports lovers in this regard.
Umar not just play for himself but also empower others so that they too make a name for themselves in this sport. In this regard the young talented youth also owns a wushu martial arts club, where he is training a team of young boys and preparing them for events. He is proud that some of the boys he trained have gone on to play at the State and National level competitions too.
since childhood; despite limited resources i also loved playing martial arts (Taekwondo, Wushu, kick-boxing) many friends in my hometown were also attracted to this sport. Presided over by the famous bollywood celebrity Sarwar Hussain Mir, I also represented the state of Jammu and Kashmir at the national level. Many of my esteemed teachers have rendered selfless service in promoting Martial Arts in Kashmir in which the late Farooq Sir has played a key role. May Allah bless him with a great reward٠
Support is crucial for success for any sportsperson, and for sports to thrive, the access to resources is pertinent. Earlier, the wushu players didn’t have the ground, which meant they could not practice for more than a month before big events. But now, the area has the wushu now. The Jammu Kashmir Sports Council and the Jammu Kashmir wushu Association have not only helped by providing a ground and promoting the game, but they have been very supportive. “They support us every time,” says umar. Having an exclusive ground has made a huge difference, as all the wushu players now have a pro players but there is still much to be done.
Stay away from those people who try to disparage your ambitions. Small minds will always do that, but great minds will give you a feeling that you can become great too.
The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special. However, as in any game, all days are not the same and sometimes you have to face failure.
Umar is also a social activist he alone saved many lives in September 2014, when the Kashmir region suffered disastrous floods across many of its districts caused by torrential rainfall. He also lent help to outsiders who were stuck in Srinagar and at few other places during recent lockdown due to Covid Pandemic.
His main goal is to represent the country as he represented before and be a part of Indian team again. Umar doing workout very hard for the upcoming events. We wish him best of luck.
Champions Aren’t made in Gyms.Champions are made from something they have deep inside them- A Desire, A dream, A Vision. They have to have the skill ,and the will .But the will must be stronger than the skill.

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