Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Saleh Al-Arayedh, a karate instructor for self-defense in Saudi Arabia, triggered an interaction between activists on social media after claiming he trained Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when was young and that the latter has a “brown belt”. “.
This happened in an interview that Al-Areed gave to the Gulf Rotana channel, in which he said: “I had the honor of His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman, the Crown Prince, and even their Royal Highnesses, Prince Turki bin Salman, Prince Khalid bin Salman, Prince Nayef bin Salman, Prince Bandar bin Salman and Prince Rakan bin Salman .. “
He continued: “The truth is that we have participated with them for almost 5 years as karate training, as well as supervisors of other sports programs. The training was at the palace and with them (the princes) some colleagues were training with them. . “
He added: “The training was like what they say very, very seriously. His Highness the Emir was very passionate about performance training. Even after a period of development, the Prince, God reminded him of the good. , he wanted someone to get him trained with weapons. You know the game of jiu-jitsu and the game of swords (self defense against weapons). ” He achieved the brown belt and, after traveling to America, I think he took the black belt.
CNN in Arabic has contacted Saudi authorities to obtain a comment on Al-Arid’s statement, with no response at the time of writing.