Vapi-based Pezan Hemin Vapiwala secured a gold medal in his weight category, at the global event, ‘World Open Taekwondo Friendship Cup 2022’, which was held in Mumbai on 12th November, 2022. 21-year-old Pezan has been selected to represent India at the international Taekwondo Tournament which will be held in Nepal on 5th December, 2022, where he will compete against some of the best in the world.
Having completed his Class XII, Pezan is now focused on making a full-time career in the field of Taekwondo and Martial Arts. He has been training since the age of 13 – where he initially took up learning the art mainly for self-defence. He soon discovered that this was where his passion lay. The son of proud parents – Arnavaz and Hemin Vapiwala, and younger sibling of Jehan – Pezan has earlier won the State Karate Championship in Gujarat in 2020.
Speaking with Parsi Times, Pezan said, “It feels amazing to represent Vapi and Gujrat and I’m thrilled to make my community proud and see the proud smiles on the faces of my family! I’m grateful to and credit my accomplishment to my teachers – Sensei Srimanth Bal and Sensei Balram for training me, my parents, my elder brother Jehan and my friends as they have always supported me from the very beginning.” He adds, “I love training across different Martial Arts disciplines in addition to Karate and Taekwondo. I believe any Martial Art form gradually shapes you into becoming a better person, both spiritually and physically. I also believe it’s never too late to start learning. I look forward to working even harder and making the community and the country proud. My dream job is to be a fighting athlete.”
We wish Pezan the very best for the oncoming Taekwondo tourney in Nepal and look forward to many more Golds!