Like any expatriate, V. A. Mohamed Iqbal, hailing from India, landed in UAE in 1979, looking for fresh opportunities. All he had was a black belt (Shodan) and 2 years of teaching (more than 120 students) experience in India, and most importantly a vision – to introduce and propagate the Shorin-Ryu Seibukan style of Karate in the UAE.At that time, Karate was taught only to the police and defense personnel. Due to this, repeated requests for permissions to run a dojo were turned down. Eventually, his relentless efforts with his elder brother Renshi Najeem, and hard work led to the establishment of the Aziz Ahmed Technical Sports Centre the first dojo of International Shorin-Ryu Seibukan Karate Do, in UAE.
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