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AUK Karate Twins Bring Home Silver Medals from Paris

The American University of Kuwait's (AUK) Karate Twins, Salman and Mohamed Al Mosawi, won silver medals at the Karate1 Premier League, a championship organized by the World Karate Federation, in Paris, in January 2015. The 19-year-old twins were there to represent Kuwait as part of its Karate National Team (KATA), and are currently practicing for their upcoming championships this year in multiple locations around the world.

The Karate 1 Premier League saw 888 athletes from 67 nations come together in what is known as one of the most challenging championships in Karate. "The level of this championship was very high because it's organized by the World Karate Federation. There are 8 Karate1 championships a year, and the strongest one is the one held lately in Paris, where many athletes participated and competed on ranks", said Mohamed of the championship.

Salman and Mohamed participate in several karate championships every year, which provides them with opportunities to hone their skills in the sport. In November 2014, the Karate Twins came in 7th place in the 22nd World Seniors Championship in Germany-Bremen, which Salman described as "the dream of each karate athlete". They are looking forward to competing in the 23rd World Karate Seniors Championship in 2016, which will be held in Lenz, Austria. In the meantime, they will participate in other international championships in preparation for the tournament in 2016. The Karate Twins look forward to fighting in two more competitions in 2015; one will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, and the other one will be the Asian Championship in Yokohama, Japan.

"With a lot of work, training, and support from our parents, our coach, family and friends we have reached now the grade of black belt, which is a prestigious position in ranking system by Japanese organization, and became professional karate players. We will never give up. Instead, we will follow our goal until we achieve it and make our country proud of us", Said Salman

The Karate Twins have been recognized for their combating skills throughout their careers. In 2011, at the World Championship in Malaysia, they were crowned as the World Champions, and were later selected by Al Ahli Club of Dubai to compete in the UAE karate league, where they won gold medals.

The Karate Twins expressed their gratitude to those who supported them in achieving their success. "We would like to thank the American University of Kuwait for their amazing support throughout all our championships. We would also like to especially thank the Intensive English Program's Ms. Sandy Stein, Ms. Marisa Tessier, and Mr. Don Prades for all their support," expressed Salman and Mohamed.

Images from the Event

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 12th February 2015

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2015

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