With just one strike of her right hand, Neelofar Sherazi can transform bricks into rubble.
The infant, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who lives in Islamabad from Battagram District of Mansehra. Her degree in Chemistry and English has been completed and she is teaching online.
She’s been breaking bricks, and since 2018 she’s done that. In November 2019, however, her formal practice began.
Neelofar devotes around two hours every day to practice this art, which is not common in Pakistan, particularly among women.
Neelofar, 24, told Gulf News that as a child she used to be a shy girl and cried whenever someone bullied her.
“Whenever in class or playground someone intimidated me, I became so upset that I spent hours crying and rubbing my eyes and I did this so often that it damaged my retina and affected my eyesight.”
In order to overcome her fear of bullies, Neelofar resorted to learning how to break bricks, “something my family even my friends and colleagues had never heard of before.
Neelofar received training from a Martial Arts veteran Master Chen in a local club of Islamabad. Describing Neelofar as an unusually strong-nerved, persistent athlete, Chen said she was doing great by practising daily without fail.
“Her record is that of breaking 150 bricks in three minutes, something, we are proud of,” Chen said, adding “she has performed at various events and won wide applause.
“When she came to my training centre she was in a critical condition having had a recent eye surgery. Brick-breaking in a way gave her a new lease of life,” he said.
“Pakistani bricks are different from the brick blocks that international martial arts athletes use for the purpose of making records, and I have asked Neelofar to practice breaking them as well,” Chen said.