Sarah Avraham

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Sarah Avraham
Born 1993/1994 (age 24–25)
Mumbai, India
Other names שרה אברהם
Residence Kiryat Arba
Nationality Israeli
Style Muay Thai kickboxer
Trainer Eddie Yusopov
Rank Women's World Thai-Boxing Champion; 57–63 kilos (125–140 pounds) weight class
Occupation Student

Sarah Avraham (Hebrew: שרה אברהם‎; born 1993/1994) is an Indian-born Israeli Muay Thai kickboxer. She converted to Judaism and moved to Israel after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Avraham was the 2012 Israeli women's champion in Thai boxing, in the 57–63 kilograms (126–139 lb) weight class. She is also the 2014 World Muaythai Federation pro-am women's world champion in the 57–63.5 kg (125–140 lbs) class.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Avraham was born in Mumbai, India, to a Christian father who is a physician, Dr. Aaron Avraham, and a Christian mother who was a nurse.[3][4][5] Her family was close friends with Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, who were killed in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, by terrorists who attacked the Mumbai Chabad House where the couple served as emissaries.[3][4][5] Avraham was 14 years old at the time.[3]

Immigration to Israel[edit]

A year after the attack, she and her family converted and moved to Israel.[3][4][6] They settled in the West Bank/Judea Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba, south of Jerusalem, on the outskirts of Hebron, where she now lives.[3][4][5]

She is now a religious Orthodox Jew, and studies in the ulpana, a religious school for Orthodox girls, in Kiryat Arba.[2][3][5][7][8] Avraham also volunteers as a firefighter, and has taken part in scores of firefighting operations.[4]

Avraham is considering studying medicine,[3][4] or she may eventually become a full-time firewoman.[4]

Thai boxing career[edit]

While attending a Kiryat Arba school for religious girls, Avraham made the decision to participate in sports.[3] Michael Pollack, a fitness trainer from nearby Hebron's Jewish neighborhood, melded kickboxing into her sports training.[3] Pollack put Thai boxing coach Eddie Yusopov and Avraham in contact with each other, and Yusopov became her trainer.[3][5]

Avraham trains in Muay Thai boxing five times a week, at the boxing center at Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium.[2][4] As is the case with most Israeli athletes, she does not receive any funding. To pay for her training (NIS 230 a month) and trips abroad for competitions, since she does not like to ask for money, she cleans houses and also works as a dog walker and waitress.[5] In addition, Avraham hitchhikes to her practices in Jerusalem, as she does not have money to take the bus.[5] Because she is religious, she brings kosher food with her when she travels to fights.[7]

2012 Israeli Champion[edit]

In September 2012, Avraham won the Israeli national women’s Thai boxing championship in her weight class of 57–63 kilos (125–140 pounds), at the age of 18.[2][3][4][5]

2014 World Champion[edit]

In early 2014, while still in high school Avraham won the Women's World Thai-Boxing Championship in Bangkok, Thailand, in her 57–63 kilos (125–140 pounds) weight class.[2][4][5][9][10]

Thai boxing has not been recognized as an Olympic sport, but efforts are being made to change that before the 2016 Olympic Games.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WMF Championship 2014 – 23-03-2014. YouTube. Pattaya Boxing. March 23, 2014. Event occurs at 4h14m10s. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Akiva Novick (May 16, 2013). "Religious girls are Muay Thai champs; Two pious teenagers from Beit Shemesh, Kiryat Arba strike opponents mercilessly to win Thailand-style kickboxing world championship in Bangkok". Ynetnews.com. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Rebecca McKinsey (September 23, 2012). "Ex-Hindu is Israel's Thai-boxing queen; New women's champion Sarah Avraham immigrated from Mumbai after 2008 Chabad House attack". The Times of Israel. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Jack Moore (March 25, 2014). "Israeli Hebron Settler Wins Women's World Thai Boxing Title". International Business Times. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Naomi Darom. "Glove story: Two Orthodox girls' journey from religious school to boxing glory". Haaretz. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu (May 13, 2013). "Two Religious Girls Box-Kick Their Way to World Champions (video)". The Jewish Press. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Daniel Koren (July 19, 2013). "Two Religious Israeli Girls Win Gold At Boxing Competition In Thailand". Shalom Life. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ Naomi Darom (July 6, 2013). "2 Orthodox Women Aim for Boxing Glory". Forward. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Girl Converted By Mumbai Martyrs Is World Muay Thai Champ". EIN News. April 3, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Une convertie par les martyrs de Bombay devient championne du monde de boxe thaï" (in French). Juif.org. March 27, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 

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