Lahore based Humaira Ashiq comes across as delicate yet vivacious youth. The karate prodigy exhibited inclination towards karate since her childhood. “My family members were the greatest proponents of my passion for the game, they exclusively supported me,” she says while adding, “My father is my greatest aspiration, whatever I have come through is owing to his confidence in my abilities and ceaseless support.”
Humaira A. and her sister Ambreen A, have the honor of first female Judo and Jujitsu trainees. “My father used to drop me and my sister to the training center,” she recalled. As usual the family was hit a wave of stereotypical comments from family and acquaintances, however, this did not make us falter,” she explained.
Humaira and Ambreen started taking Judo and Jujitsu classes, in 2005 while still in school. We learned the art from Sir Shahid and Sir Naveed,” she said. Both of them soon mastered the art and caught attention of the Judo players. Humaira, her sister and brother started representing WAPDA team at national level.
Her prowess and command over the art was perceived by the authorities and so started playing for Pakistan Judo and Jujitsu Team since 2005, representing the country. The Ashiq duo hold their heads high as thus far they remain undefeated at national level. Attributing her mastery to her coaches, she said, “Soon we were regarded as integral parts of the Pakistan Judo Karate Team,” she explained. “It is only because of God, that we are viewed as ace Judo and Jujitsu players,” Humaira A said.
“I play in -48 kg category.” There is little doubt about the fact that it is a very demanding undertaking, I have had to take on a sedulous training. She was the first female Judo Jujitsu player of Pakistan who was decorated with a Gold medal in an international competition. “Although I grabbed Gold for my country, nobody noticed me,” she whined. “This disheartened me, no body encouraged me, I was down in dumps,” she said.
Humaira prevailed in the South Asian Championship 2014 held in Nepal and walked off with a Gold Medal.
Her distingue feats include top-notch performances at the Asian Judo Championship 2012, in Uzbekistan, 7th Asian Judo Championship 2014, in Nepal where she finished in front laying hands on gold, Asian Senior Judo Championship 2015 in Kuwait, 12th South Asian Games 2016 in India; where she racked up in second position bagging a silver medal for Pakistan, Asian Beach Games 2014, Phuket Thailand.
10th South Asian Games 2006 in Sri Lanka won a Bronze medal for Pakistan, 1st Asian Martial Arts Games 2009, in Bangkok and ranked 7th; South Asian Judo Championship 2011 in Islamabad laid hands on Gold in a team event- individually securing third position for herself in the tournament.
Her winning streak led her finish first at home held 6th National Women Judo Championship 2014 in Lahore, made hay with a Gold medal, 7th National Women Judo Championship 2015 pulled off another Gold medal for her showcase. She further participated in 10th National Ju-Jitsu Championship 2015 in Lahore and laid hands on Gold.
“Girls be obedient to your parents,” she advises the youth. “If you walk in obedience to your parents, God will bless you overwhelmingly. You need to involve God in every area of your life remember to ask for His wisdom while making decisions.” Whatever you are eyeing to do, make it an ardent passion, “well I think this best describes my life,” she added.