Kicking it With a Champion: Uyghur Athlete Dominates World Kickboxing

A young Uyghur athlete is taking the world of international kickboxing by storm, having recently won four world championships competing for Kyrgyzstan.

Dubbed ‘the girl with the iron fists,’ Shahrizat Hallilova (registered in international competitions as Shakhriza Khalilova) has won several prestigious martial arts competitions, and competed in many more, including representing Kyrgyzstan in the 2017 World Games and the 2018 Asian Games.

The four-time world champion was born in Bishek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, in 1992. She received a degree in legal studies from Yusup Balasaghun Kyrgyz National University and is currently working professionally as a sports coach, she said in an interview with RFA’s Uyghur service.

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