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  • Writer's pictureGrace Dabir

Martial Arts and Travel

At the level that I compete at, I have been fortunate enough to be able to compete not just at the national level, but at an international level in my sport. I've competed in tournaments in almost all 50 states, and have also travelled to South America, and Portugal for competitions.


Martial Arts has reached so many people nationally, and internationally. Some of my best memories competing have been competing at the Panam games in South America. In 2016 I went to Uruguay, 2017 Peru, and 2019 Paraguay.



Me (left) representing Team USA and a fellow competitor (right) representing Uruguay at the Panam games in Asunción, Paraguy





Me (left) representing Team USA and a fellow competitor (right) representing Uruguay at the Panam games in Asunción, Paraguay has felt even better. Competing at an international level has been rewarding in so many different ways. Traveling is obviously a bonus, but so is learning about new cultures, and people. Now, I have so many friends that i've met through competitions in places I would have never imagined meeting people from. I've also learned a lot about different cultures, foods, and traditions from my new friends. For example, when I competed in Peru, some of my Peruvian friends took me out to have ceviche for the first time. It was an incredible bonding moment, and a moment that shows that friends from competitions can last a lifetime. We still talk all the time, not just about martial arts, but about different events happening in the world, and how to stay connected. I've been able to see so many new things, and meet new people while competing internationally.

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