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Sofia Mirza, a two-time provincial women's karate champion, works out at Monika Danz Gym.

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SOFIA MIRZA

Lawyer and partner with Fillmore Riley LLP, practising in the areas of business and personal immigration law.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Two-time provincial women's karate champion Sofia Mirza, a third degree black belt, has found a way to put some law and order into her fitness regime.

She began training in karate 20 years ago after taking a self-defence class when she was in university. Mirza ramped up her training about seven years ago when she and her son started training together.

Karate became a family affair as Mirza and her 16-year-old son, Rahim, who also won provincial gold in his category in February, both train at Shotokan Winnipeg Karate club under chief instructor Larry Loreth (seventh degree black belt).

"With busy schedules, it's a way for a 16-year-old to spend some time with his mom. We train hard and it's a passion we have in common," Mirza said.

She loves her work in what is an always demanding atmosphere but she believes training in karate keeps her mind and body healthy.

At the 2014 Manitoba Provincial Karate Championships in February, she won the gold medal in the women's black belt kata event. She and her son qualified for nationals and together will represent Manitoba at the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) Canada Championship on May 17-18, 2014 at Calgary, Alta.

 

1. Favourite workout?

Fast-paced dojo training: multi-kick combinations including front, side, roundhouse and back kicks along with other distance/timing sparring combinations.

 

2. Favourite workout song?

"Master of Puppets" by Metallica.


3. Fitness tip?

"The Dojo Kun" - Seek Perfection of Character, Be Faithful, Endeavour to Excel, Respect Others & Refrain from Violent Behavior.

 

4.What's in your fridge?

Carrots, celery, romaine lettuce, pineapple and coconut yogurt, cheese, eggs, chicken and soy milk

 

5.What's your guilty pleasure?

Yogurt-covered raisins in the car and chocolate-covered almonds at home.

 

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 5, 2014 D16

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