Meet the Sultans of Karate! – Arnold Sports Festival Australia
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Meet the Sultans of Karate!

Meet the Sultans of Karate!

This family of Karate Kids have won multiple medals at the Arnold, and represented Australia for overseas International Championships!


 Sabah Sultan

Age: 14

When did you start training?
9 years ago, when I was 5 years old.

What got you started?
My parents gave my brother Ali and I the opportunity to explore many different sports when I was 5 and he was 4 , we did the same thing since we were very close in age I’m only 1 year older than him , we did soccer, football, swimming, dancing and karate until there were times when we had to be in 2 competitions at the same time. We had to make a decision between the sports and we chose karate.

What are your biggest achievements?
My biggest achievement was Representing Australia in the All Japan WKO Tournament 2017. Others include winning second place at the South Pacific tournament in full contact in New Zealand for the under 12 in 2013 when I was 10. I also received Gold, Silver and Bronze At the Arnold Classic 3 years in a row.

Have you faced any challenges along the way?
There are many challenges I face in karate competitions such as fighting heavier opponents because it disadvantages me.

Who are your heroes?
My hero is Sensei Maria Rich my instructor at the fighting arts fitness centre. She has shown me that in order to be a leader and let your voice be heard you must have confidence. She got her black belt when she was 15 which inspires me to train harder to become a champion like her. She’s a loving and caring person who I aspire to grow up to be like.

What do you get up to when you’re not training?
When we are not training my family and I go out and spend quality time together, I also enjoy going to the movies with my karate friends.

Is your goal to become a professional athlete, or is there something else you would like to be when you grow up?
I would love to be a professional fighter but at the same time I want to become a dentist.

What’s your favourite thing about the Arnold Sports Festival?
My favourite things about the Arnold Sports Festival is meeting and making new friends, and preforming a demonstration with my FAFC team mates in front of Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Ali Sultan

Age: 13

When did you start training?
I started karate 9 years ago at the age of 4.

How often do you train?
We train 3 to 4 days a week but when we have a tournament coming up we train almost everyday.

What are your biggest achievements?
My biggest achievement is winning Gold medal in the Arnold Classic 2017 in the full contact under 14, along with winning silver and bronze in 2015-16, and representing Australia in New Zealand and Japan.

Have you faced any challenges along the way?
The biggest challenge I have faced is fighting someone I know such as a close friend or a sibling.

Is it difficult to balance school and karate?
It’s easy for me to balance school and karate, because the homework and projects are straight forward and have to be done first. My school understand our busy schedule with karate and proud of us. Me and my sister Sabah were asked to talk about our journey in front of the whole school, inspiring and encouraging kids to be confident!

Is your goal to become a professional athlete, or is there something else you would like to be when you grow up?
Becoming a professional athlete would be amazing, I won’t stop training and competing but I would make sure that I keep studying because my dream is becoming a lawyer.


Summer Sultan

Age: 8

When did you start training?
I have been training for 4 years at the age of 4.

What are your biggest achievements?
My biggest achievements are been chosen to be part of the Australian team in a big tournament in Japan, and winning gold and silver medals in all the Arnold Classic for the last 3 festivals, and winning first place in the national under 6 in Sydney, and under 8 in Canberra.

Who are your heroes?
My heroes are sensei Maria Rich who won the world championship and peter Rich who took us to Japan and they did the Hill run with us every morning before the Japan tournament.

Is it difficult to balance school and karate?
No it’s not really difficult I do my homework at the Dojo sometimes.

Is your goal to become a professional athlete, or is there something else you would like to be when you grow up?
My goal is to be a professional fighter when I grow up.

What’s your favourite thing about the Arnold Sports Festival?
My favourite thing about the Arnold Sports Festival is the demonstration.


Aalia Sultan

Age: 6

When did you start training?
I’ve been training for 2 years started at 4 years old.

What got you started?
I started karate following my older siblings footsteps and I want to win lots of trophies like them.

How often do you train?
I train 3 days a week.

What are your biggest achievements?
My biggest achievement is winning 2 silver medals at the Arnold Classic 2017 in the under 6.

Have you faced any challenges along the way?
I have faced a challenge when I fought a bigger person and he was a boy.

Who are your heroes?
My hero is my Sister Sempai Sabah. She’s my instructor I want to grow up to be like her.

What do you get up to when you’re not training?
When I’m not training I watch tv and play outside in my cubby house.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up I want to be a karate teacher and a school teacher.
 

 

 

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