March 11, 2022,
The Middle East in general and Saudi Arabia in particular have been the source of wonder and desire for travelers since the inception of ships that could sail the often treacherous but enticing oceans.
The old world was filled with wonders undiscovered.
Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who organized the Spanish expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522, resulting in the first circumnavigation of the Earth, completed by Juan Sebastián Elcano.
Until modern times it was uncharted, inaccessible, dangerous and forbidden.
Hanna Martin, a global star in the judoka world has traveled the globe and one of her favorite destinations is the Middle East.
Given her exceptional talent and incredible accomplishments in competitive Judo, her legion of fans love to follow her wherever she goes.
Her fans are so passionate in their love for her that we wanted to hear about her from them.
At makeachamp.com they smile, “Hannah is 2x National Champion, multiple international medalist- which includes 3 Grand Prix Medals, over 20 international medals! Hannah is also a 2008 Olympic Alternate, and has been ranked within the top 25 in the past 2 years on the International Judo Federation World Ranking List.”
Sterling. We love it.
Let’s get a little closer to Hannah with an inside view.
The informative industry site judoinside.com adds, “Hannah Martin won the European Cup in Saarbrücken in 2017. The American world traveler judo nomad won her first World Cup in 2012 in San Salvador and followed up in Miami in 2014. Fights U63kg with strong tai-otoshi. Coached by Jason Morris. She won medals in San Salvador, Buenos Aires but also Tashkent, Taipeh, Casablanca and Abu Dhabi.”
That is a very impressive resume.
Even more impressive is the fact that in 2017 she won the silver medal at the Pan American Open in Santiago. She also captured the silver medal at the Grand Prix in Tashkent in 2017.
At the intriguing site judohannah.judopro.com in story telling style they share, “Starting Judo was an accident for Hannah, at nine years old her father was set on getting her younger brother, Paul, into judo. Her father believed that she wasn’t “tough enough” for this sport, based on the fact that girls should not be participating in combat sports. Girls aren’t supposed to fight, right? Regardless of her father’s opinion, Hannah begged her father to let her go just to watch. From the moment, she tried on a judo gi, at the Judo America dojo run by ’92 Olympic Coach Jim Hrbek she was sold.”
We’re glad that at a very young age, Hannah was persistent and didn’t take no for an answer.
The answer to any question or can I do it situation continues to be “NO” until you try it.
Turn a weakness into a strength. This philosophy speaks to Hannah’s life philosophy and favorite quotes which is, “Our Strength Grows Out of Our Weaknesses”.
That is a thought to seriously contemplate. It could make you stronger.
Though serious at times, her sport demands her to be, Hannah does have a lot of fun too.
Her favorite pastimes are Swimming, tanning, reading, writing, teaching Judo, traveling, running, watching movies and TV shows, shopping, Tetris and taking selfies.
Is there anything there that stood out to you that begs further exploration? It did for us. We need to get out more.
What is Tetris?
Tetris is a tile matching puzzle video game, originally designed and programmed by Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov.
As far as a few of the details your goal is to Clear Lines With T-Spins.
A T-Spin Single is the name for performing a T-Spin while clearing a single line, and a T-Spin Double is the reward using the move to clear two lines. A T-Spin Single clears only one line but is worth as much as a Tetris (800 base points); a T-Spin Double is worth 1,200 base points.
This is clearly an interest worth exploring further.
Travel was listed as another of her favorite hobbies so why don’t we electronically do that by exploring a region in the Middle East.
Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates (the most populous being Dubai), and also capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the UAE’s seven emirates.
Abu Dhabi lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. The city proper had a population of 1.5 million in 2014.
When we think of the modern Middle East we often think of the power and wealth of Dubai but did you know that Abu Dhabi accounts for about two-thirds of the roughly $400-billion United Arab Emirates economy?
With only 420,000 citizens in the entire emirate, each has an average net worth of USD 17 million.
Did we read that right?
How many friends do you have or personally know of with a net worth of 17 million?
That is an incredible statistic.
We can see the beginnings of why Hannah is very attracted to this fascinating city and we are happy that the local authorities would like to widen our recreational opportunities.
At visitabudhabi.ae they invite, “Make a splash in Abu Dhabi! Swim in shimmering turquoise waters, relax on amazing white beaches or connect with a sailing legacy that stretches back centuries. From wake-boarding and kite surfing, from cruising in a traditional pearling boat or modern, luxury dhow to kayaking through our natural mangrove forests, from enjoying fresh air on-board a sailing catamaran to zooming to the pace of a speedboat tour of the UAE capital’s coastline, the emirate’s waters are yours to discover.”
Fortunately global travelers and risk takers like Hannah abound.
At the leaders in travel, Lonely Planet they add, “The world’s largest hand-loomed carpet, the fastest rollercoaster, the highest high tea, the tower with the greatest lean, the largest cluster of cultural buildings of the 21st century – UAE capital Abu Dhabi isn’t afraid to challenge world records. Welcome to an exciting city where nothing stands still…except perhaps the herons in its mangroves.
For those looking to engage with Gulf culture, Abu Dhabi offers opportunities to understand the UAE’s history through museums, exhibitions, tours and food. But thankfully Emirati heritage isn’t boxed and mothballed; it’s also experienced through strolls around the dhow harbor, haggling in markets, absorbing the atmosphere at shisha cafes and strolling its lengthy and cinematic Corniche.”
As far as those cafes, many of their dishes contain lots of spices like Indian food. Traditional dishes contain rice, fish and meat as main ingredients. Arabs are used to consume sheep and goats to obtain meat.
What a wonderful world we live in. Oh yeah.
Thanks for the tip Hannah. One day we hope to make the trip.
Her area of collegiate study was Psychology. She certainly has developed and enhanced a very attracting mind set.
Hannah is from an impressive village herself.
Burnt Hills is just 8.5 miles from Schenectady.
As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 66,135. The name “Schenectady” is derived from a Mohawk word skahnéhtati meaning “beyond the pines”. The city was founded on the south side of the Mohawk River by Dutch colonists in the 17th century, many from the Albany area.
They have their share of fun in this peaceful city as well. At cityofschenectady.com they welcome you to relax at the park. “This year, we are kicking off our third annual “I Love My Schenectady Parks Day.” Schenectady’s parks are a gem of the City and a key ingredient in what makes Schenectady a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”
Well, Hannah is proof of what a village can accomplish along with a family in raising a child to evolve into a global figure.
Speaking of parks, Schenectady Central Park is very similar to New York City’s Central Park, is located in the middle of the city and has activities for all ages including paddle boats.
There is so much to indulge in there as well. At petergreenberg.com he provides us with a long list of things to do and enjoy in Hannah’s home town.
Here are a few.
“With a thriving Italian-American community, Schenectady also boasts some of the best Italian bread and Italian ice this side of the Atlantic.
The Stockade Historic District is New York State’s first historic district and the oldest residential neighborhood in the United States. This village has more than 40 pre-Revolutionary War homes making it one of the largest collections in the U.S.
One of Schenectady’s famous eateries, Perecca’s Bakery hasn’t changed much since it was established in 1914. The worn wooden floor creaks with every step and the loaves of warm, crusty bread—“shorts,” “longs,” and “rounds”—are stacked in the window, but they don’t stay there for very long.
Even Jack Nicholson fell in love with the bread when he was in town filming the movie Ironweed.”
Okay, we knew that Jack loves the Los Angeles Lakers, now we know where he digs his bread.
I need more bread man. You had to be there.
It’s a 1960s thing.
With such a great foundation to emanate from, we and Hannah’s other fans are very excited about her future.
In her interview with judocrazy.com she speaks to that. “After Rio, I’m going to stick around for a few years. I want to say I am going to go for Tokyo 2020 but we will see what happens!
I currently already spend a lot of time teaching judo so I think it would be cool to coach after I retire from competition! I think it’s important to give back and try to help develop the sport.”
Makes sense. Judo has certainly been great to her. Through her competitions Hannah has traveled to over 40 countries amassing medals and myriads of friends along the way.
Centuries ago, the Portuguese had the right idea. Travel, explore and be a participant in this world filled with wonder that we live in.
Hannah seems to have figured out this golden idea, filled with silver linings, at a very early age.
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