“Both require a considerable amount of practice. When we practise more and more in karate, we will learn how to handle a situation and react quickly during sparring, tackling a situation without hesitance,” she says.
“Secondly, karate is also like maths with regards to problem-solving. During a karate fight, we encounter new situations that require us to ‘playback’ scenarios in our minds and think about what is the right choice of movement to utilise and attack. A small mistake would cost us points, which is like maths – one wrong symbol, formula, or notation would ruin an entire answer to a question!” she adds.
Lastly, Shahmalarani believes passion and eagerness to learn new techniques is important for students to progress in their learning.