“I wanted to do karate so I can defend myself, and I dream of taking part in international championships.”
His mastery of the stick helps him make up for his missing limbs, and he has learned how to deliver strong punches, and fend off attacks with his body and arms.
Coach Hassan Al-Raai said his pupil showed particular determination. “I was surprised that Youssef has different skills and can do things better than people with fewer disabilities could do,” Al-Raai said.
A resident of Gaza’s Beach refugee camp, Abu Amira travels along city streets in a motorised mobility scooter. He graduated from the Islamic University of Gaza’s College of Sharia and Law last year.