Fawaz Al-Hazim, Mohammad Al-Hussaini, Abdullah Al-Enizi, Redha Abdullah, Muhsin Al-Fulaij, Sarah Al-Adwani, Hussain Al-Tamimi, Talal Al-Qaoud
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
Hi, could you introduce yourselves in a few words?
We are a team of enthusiastic young athletes called GrappleVerse.
Tell us about your education:
Mohammad and Fawaz completed their Bachelors of Science in Petroleum Engineering scoring first class with honours from the University of Portsmouth. Fawaz completed his Masters in the same field in Salford University. Redha is acing his final year in AUM in the major of accounting. Abdullah completed his Bachelors in English Literature in Kuwait University. Hussain is doing his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering at Kuwait Uni. Sarah is completing her final year at ACK doing her Bachelor degree in Marketing and passing with flying colours. Muhsin completed his Bachelors in Computer Science in Gulf University of Science and Tech. And last, but definitely not least, Talal is doing his Engineering Bachelors in Electrical Engineering at George Mason University.
What is it exactly that you do?
We do our best on a daily basis, regardless of our daily jobs and busy schedules, to conduct seminars in the fields of combat sports and self defense to help the community grow and assist future champions in achieving their goals.
What got you interested in what you’re doing?
We all have different history with sports and martial arts and we have all had ups and downs. We have faced hardships and the pressure from how the sports system is benefiting some and not others. So we decided to be the ones to initiate the change for a better future.
What makes you unique or special in what you are doing?
We are consistent, clean and clever. We work like bees, in harmony.
Tell us your journey to where you have reached today. How was the initial struggle?
We created two very successful events that helped the community benefit. As a result, many youthful athletes improved in their respective sports. Our struggles were our challenges and lessons and we successfully tackled them regardless of what they were (operational or non-operational struggles).
How has been the help of your families in what you are doing? Were they supportive since the beginning?
Our families were of major support to us in terms of emotional support and spreading the word about our great work for the community. We have all made an oath to not seek financial support from our parents and to fully depend on ourselves in creating our work.
Who are your top 3 heroes and why?
The Prophet Mohammad, Miyamoto Musashi and Muhammad Ali.
What are some of the challenges you are facing in your field and how are you overcoming them?
We have had some operational challenges such as communication and also in preparation. Accidents occurred (gladly no one was harmed) but we have worked as a team to tackle these challenges and to solve them.
What advice or mentorship made a difference in your career?
Our jiu jitsu instructor, Professor Remus Corbei, handed us much advice and was our pillar when we needed support. The best was the advice of value; how we should estimate the value of everything.
How would your friends describe you?
Crazy, inspiring and adventurous. We travel the world training and looking for fights whenever we see a competition or a challenge.
What are some of your hobbies?
Some of us enjoy painting. Apart from the combat sports we do, some enjoy reading and we have an incredible member who loves strategy games, he is a natural leader.
What are some of your top achievements?
Both of our seminars were incredible achievements based on the number of attendees. It marked the highest in the country’s history compared to any other seminars in the same fields of interest. Also, how attendants have benefited from these seminars.
What are your plans or goals for the future?
To empower athletes regardless of race, gender and age. To make Kuwait the fight capital (currently occupied by Vegas). To become the biggest fighting organization in the world.
To deal with bullying and spread martial arts throughout the community for the younger generation and show people that martial arts are not violent sports.
How did it feel to be chosen for this award?
Amazing and motivating. It is always good to know your hard work has paid off and someone admires your work. Thanks for the nomination.
Your message for other young and talented people out there:
You have two lives and your second life starts the day you realize you only have one. Therefore, keep going forward and don’t let your dreams be dreams.
Tell us about a dream that you would like to fulfill or make it a reality:
This is the same answer as our goal – our dreams are our goals.