Sobia Younis a British born female, of Pakistani ethnicity.
One of six children, born to parents who migrated from Kashmir, Pakistan to the UK in 1960 and the youngest amongst two brothers and three sisters.
Born in a male dominated culture, growing up defying the traditional expectations projected by the average Asian girl. Challenging the dictatorship imposed by her relatives and community with the support of her liberal, non-traditionalist father.
Where her mother was insistent on handing her pots and pans, her father would be placing drills and screwdrivers in her hand!
Always teaching her, showing her that her gender does not define her, does not limit her and does not stereotype her; people and society do that!
The principle imbedded in her; when something isn’t achieved in your tenth attempt and you stop trying to achieve, that’s your failure.
An unconventional upbringing shaped an independent individual leading Sobia to explore her interests away from the typical choices and limitations.
Her younger assured self, led her, along with her sister to join a local kickboxing club, without informing or seeking parental approval. Keeping it secret, believing it would earn disapproval from her parents for not preserving a stereotypical traditional female role, fearing it would be viewed a step too far.
Continuing her (secret) training for a few months, until one evening, upon arrival her father queried their whereabouts, to which an honest answer was provided.
This was a turning point in her life, a realisation her fears were unfounded, a realisation she had given her parents less credit than they deserved. Misunderstood her father’s protectiveness as despotism. This declaration earned her, her father’s commendation and admiration. So much so that he even insisted on paying for her classes.
Sobia continued to train and evolved her skills by learning from- various instructors at different clubs. Over the course of time she trained at five different clubs, had the opportunity to train with a range of instructors, learning mixed martial arts from seven different trainers, who ranked at various levels holding belts from 1st to 6th dan/degree and even had a training session with Neville Brown, British former boxer who has been a British middleweight champion, who was brought in as a guest trainer at one of her clubs.
Along with martial arts training Sobia continued pursuing further education.
With the support of her exceptional family she went on to study and graduate with Honours in the field of Architecture. As well as going on to achieve a 1st Dan black belt in kickboxing and has further gained additional accredited credentials. Obtaining qualifications in the following; Safeguarding young people, Anti-Bullying Alliance, First Aid, personal trainer, fitness instructor diploma, Estate agency Diploma, Property Developer Diploma and a Self-defence Course, both which she passed with a Distinction.
A creative, analytical and theoretical mind, loving to challenge herself physically and mentally.
Having trained in the Martial Arts, kickboxing industry for over 15 years, along with her sister, she was approached by the women in her community to teach them.
Declining at first, she was later motivated by the realisation that she could make a difference and help by contributing aiding women, that would in return help towards causes she felt so strongly about. Women’s rights, their equality. She could play a role towards altering the image of the ‘weaker sex’. Benefit them in the same manner she benefitted, enabling physical and mental strength.
Hence, a hobby; a self-learning passion of kickboxing flourished from learning and training to teaching! As did her audience, from women to children.
A devoted aunt, who co-parents her niece and three nephews, was inspired to start children’s’ classes. Initially starting with only kickboxing classes she was further driven to run an Anti-bullying programme for children as well.
Helping those deemed weak and vulnerable.
Fighting domestic abuse and bullying were and are causes held very close to heart.
Venturing out and developing an additional secondary occupation and achieving an Instructor status led to launching, along with her two sisters, an all-female, run establishment ‘SoBeA…Fighter’ and embarking on a phenomenal journey of teaching.
The positive results reaped from such an establishment encouraged a further cause.
Progressing further into establishing a programme solely based on Self Defence; led to a second launch of “Women’s Empowering Self-Defence programme”.
Teaching females about the most committed crimes against them and how to avoid them in gaining skilful techniques to combat these attacks.
SoBeA…Fighter is now privileged to be a part of ‘The CPD Accreditation Group’ who’s logo they proudly present on their issued certificates.
“Change starts with us” (Anti-Bullying Alliance)
SoBeA…Fighter strives to be a part of that ‘us’!
“Everyone can play a role in ending domestic abuse” (Women’s Aid)
This is the role ‘SoBeA…Fighter’ chose to serve.
We pledge in exerting our efforts towards empowering women and children alike, of every age and race.
“In EVERY being there is a fighter… let us HELP unleash yours…”
With Respect and Dignity, SoBeA…Fighter.