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    Another slightly OT

    Even with the OT posts, this thread has been surprisingly fruitful.

    Saumya Tandon’s Kung Fu Karate on Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hai
    TNN | Feb 24, 2016, 04.52 PM IST

    With the current scenario regarding women's safety in the country it is imperative that every women is self-dependent. Echoing this thought, our very own Anita Bhabhi has taken it upon herself to teach self-defence to all the women of her mohollah.
    The upcoming episode of &TV's 'Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hai' will focus on how and why women should know self-defense and Anita a.k.a Saumya Tandon will be seen teaching Karate to the female gang of the mohollah. Eventually, a reluctant Angoori also joins the classes which results in both the husbands being a practice target. The episode will show how Vibhuti and Tiwari Ji become punching bags of Angoori and Anita respectively and how these two men save themselves from the punches and also support their wives at the same time.
    Speaking about the action-packed episode, Saumya Tandon said, "As a woman it's more important to learn how to protect oneself. If you are stuck in a situation where you have to save yourself, you need to know self-defense. I think every girl child and every woman of all ages should learn self-defense. I strongly advocate women to know how to protect themselves when caught in a crisis situation. I hope through this episode while making you laugh can spread the message across and also teach you some self-defense techniques."

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    I****a Sharma

    This Actress Was Stalked. She Fought Back By Opening A Kung Fu Class For Girls At Mumbai Beach.
    Aparajita Mishra - 4th May 2016

    As any girl, I’ve always been taught to pay heed to stalkers and stand up for myself instead of being a silent sufferer. Isn’t it good if we prepare ourselves for the danger that lies ahead?

    An Indian actress, I****a Sharma who is known for her role in Dil Dosti Etc as ‘Kintu’, has transformed the Versova beach in Mumbai into a Kung Fu class for the lesser privileged girls.

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    I****a Sharma, who did a commendable job in Dil Dosti Etc, has turned her attention to Kung Fu classes for teaching the little girls self-defence.

    And this move was born after she went through a horrifying experience of being stared and stalked by a group of boys.

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    She shared her sentiments by narrating her story:

    I WAS DRIVING IN SHASTRI NAGAR, ANDHERI, AT 10.30 PM ONE NIGHT WHEN I SPOTTED A BUNCH OF BOYS FOLLOWING ME ON BIKES. SLOWING DOWN AND SPEEDING UP, AND STARING DIDN’T HELP.

    IT WAS FINALLY WHEN I ROLLED DOWN THE WINDOW AND SHOUTED THAT THEY SCOOTED. I LEARNED THAT WE NEED COURAGE, TO STAND UP AND MAKE SOME NOISE!
    This little life incident affected her and made her think about women’s safety. Eventually, she inaugurated a self-defense class with the help of her coach – Alex Fernandes and that too for FREE.

    Here are some images of the classes:






    The initiative was noble, but couldn’t garner the required attention initially.



    1. The duo had to ask around municipal schools and urge them to attend the self-defense class.

    2. The importance of these classes was shared with the parents. Sadly, no one turned up for their first class.

    3. Eventually, kids from the slum noticed and were asked to join the class. They agreed willingly.
    That’s so incredible, right?

    Kudos to you, I****a Sharma! 🙂

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    I don't know this actress or her work, but she's another in this trend.
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    Operation Sadbhavna

    Army to train border girls in martial arts in Jammu and Kashmir
    PTI May 10, 2016 20:37 IST


    Udhampur (Jammu and Kashmir): To teach girls self defence tactics, Army has started training martial arts to girl students in remote areas, particularly border area in Jammu and Kashmir.
    A total of 40 girl students in different age group from six schools of Nowshera border tehsil are participating in the course. (File image) Getty imagesA total of 40 girl students in different age group from six schools of Nowshera border tehsil are participating in the course. (File image) Getty images

    "The Army has initiated a four week martial arts course for girl students in remote areas," PRO Defence Northern Command, Col SD Goswami said on Tuesday.
    A total of 40 girl students in different age group from six schools of Nowshera border tehsil are participating in the course which aims at developing self confidence apart from making them physically robust and psychologically empowered, Col Goswami said.
    The course under Operation Sadbhavna is being conducted at Government High School, Seri will focus on physical training and mechanics of self defence for girls.
    The training is being conducted by an Army soldier, a qualified Black belt in Judo, he said.
    During the course, the students will master the art of hand-to-hand combat besides various techniques of martial arts, PRO said.
    Col Goswami said advanced course of the martial arts training is planned by the Army for selected students who gain proficiency in it.
    I'm continually amused at how fruitful this thread is.
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    Sad story

    You can train all the martial arts you want, but sometimes it's just a no-win scenario.

    Bulandshahr rape victim was trained in martial arts; fought dacoits for half-an-hour till they threatened to kill her parents
    The horrific rape and looting incident has shocked the state. Opposition parties have demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
    By India.com News Desk on August 1, 2016 at 11:56 PME



    Bulandshahr, August 1: The 15-year-old rape victim, who was raped along with her 45-year-old mother, was reportedly trained in martial arts. She combated the dacoits for at least half-an-hour, but was forced to give up after they threatened to kill her parents. The girl was gangraped by the dacoits, and the belonging of the family members were looted away.
    A compensation of Rs 50,000 to the girl has been announced by the state government. Her mother has also been given the amount of compensation. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has warned the state police to nab the culprits within 24 hours. (ALSO READ: Bulandshahr rape: Former DCW chief Barkha Shukla Singh slams Uttar Pradesh Government., seeks strict action)
    Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh DGP Ahmed Javed has taken the Dostpur village by task. Seven personnel of the police station have been suspended for not acting on the preliminary complaint. Among those suspended include SSP Vaibhav Krishna.
    The horrific rape and looting incident has shocked the state. Opposition parties have demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, claiming that law and order has absolutely broke down in the state.
    Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik also expressed disappointment over the rape case, and demanded the state government to improve law and order situation. “The Chief Minister should ensure that such an incident is not repeated,” he said.
    The gruesome crime took place in the wee hours of Saturday, when the family was moving towards Shahjahanpur to attend a funeral. At around 1:40 AM, they were stopped by dacoits, who had blocked the road with iron rods. Cash and jewellery of the family members present inside the car were looted. The two female members were raped, whereas, the male members were held at gunpoint.
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    Schools must train girls in martial arts

    Schools must train girls in martial arts, says Governor Droupadi Murmu
    Posted on: Aug 22, 2016 08:44 AM IST | Updated on: Aug 22, 2016 08:44 AM IST

    Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu on Sunday said that PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik's performances at the Rio Olympics are live examples of what girls can do.
    Governor Murmu, while addressing the girl students at the Jamshedpur Women's College 2009-12 year convocation ceremony, said that girls are highly talented and have the potential to make a name for the themselves and the country in the field of their interest, provided they get an oppurtunity, says a report.


    Governor Droupadi Murmu (File photo)

    She urged all schools and colleges to introduce karate, judo, taekwondo that shall help girls become self-confident, self-reliant, while referring to growing rising crimes against women. The sociey needs to shun their rigid mindset regarding capabilities of girls.
    Murmu said to the degree holders that their acumen will be tested when they step out of college to compete to make a mark in the field of their interest.
    Governor Murmu lauded the college for earning a place for the state by becoming an autonomous college with "A" certification from NAAC, Bangalore.
    She said that introducing new courses, including professional and vocational programmes, in college is always a good thing, but the quality of education needs to be maintained at every level. "By shaping the careers of girls, this college is contributing in the nation building exercise," she said.
    karate, judo, taekwondo - bring it. Great post Olympic idea.
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    India's Wushu Warrior Girl - Witness

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    I do lack 'home science'...

    Interesting perspective. My wife was just complaining about my non-existent culinary skills last night.

    Men should learn to do household work, women martial arts, says Sushma Swaraj
    Sushma Swaraj said that encouraging men to study home science will help break the traditional mindset about women.
    INDIA Updated: Apr 28, 2017 07:28 IST
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    External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj told GoM meeting that men should be encouraged to study home science. (Reuters File Photo)

    Men should be encouraged to study home science in college and hone their culinary skills, while women should be motivated to take up physical education, especially martial arts, as an effort to banish gender bias from society.

    The suggestion was made on Thursday by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at the Group of Ministers (GoM) meeting to review the national policy for women.

    The policy, which is being revised for the first time in 16 years, will address current and emerging challenges involving women, especially issues related to their health, education and employment.

    One of the top woman politicians in the country, Swaraj heads the GoM.

    “She told the meeting that encouraging men to study home science will help break the traditional mindset about women. In this way, men can also contribute to making women’s life better. Swaraj said though men and women are working, the workload on women is far more,” said a government source.

    For someone who had juggled politics, high office and family duties with finesse, her suggestion gave perspective to a growing call to shut out the age-old stereotypical role women are restricted to.

    The GoM has 11 members, including commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu, WCD minister Maneka Gandhi among others.

    Naidu, also present in the second meeting of the GoM, rooted for reservation for women in educational institutions.

    “This will help women get better opportunities,” Naidu said.

    He also recommended that women starting business should be given more loans, a source said.

    Another interesting suggestion came from Prasad who said women under-trials, accused of non-heinous crimes, and if convicted, should be released once they have served one third of their time.

    Commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman wanted women under-trials to be put up in special homes.

    The WCD ministry, which is anchoring the policy, will go through the suggestions made by the GoM before deciding what all to incorporate.

    The ministry is also crowdsourcing innovative ideas from citizens to make the policy more contemporary.

    For the first time, the draft policy has also addressed issues related to single women and widows.
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    More on the Drukpa lineage nuns

    AUGUST 24, 2017 / 5:10 PM / 14 HOURS AGO
    Kung Fu nuns strike back at rising sex attacks on women in India
    Nita Bhalla


    Buddhist nuns in India's remote Himalayan region of Ladakh teach around 100 girls and young women the martial art of Kung Fu amid rising reports of rape in India. Taken on Aug 18, 2017. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/NITA BHALLA
    LADAKH, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As dawn breaks, the sun edges over the expansive jagged mountains of Ladakh - a remote Buddhist ex-kingdom in the Indian Himalayas bordering Tibet - to reveal a world where time appears to have stood still.

    The chant of monks in a centuries-old monastery can be heard in the distance. Villagers slowly emerge from whitewashed stone cottages to tend to their wheat and barley fields, and ready their goats to search for pasture.

    Complete with its picture-perfect temples precariously perched atop rocky mountain outcrops, giant shrines and mantra-engraved walls, Ladakh’s age-old Tibetan Buddhist way of life appears almost untouched by modernity.

    Until, that is, you hear the energetic yells of scores of young women, clad in sweatpants and trainers. Fanned out in front of a majestic white temple-like structure, they stretch, lunge, jump, kick and punch on the orders of nuns.

    Meet the Kung Fu nuns - women from an age-old Buddhist sect who are using their martial arts expertise to challenge gender roles in this conservative culture and teach women self-defense, as reports of rapes rise in India.

    Unlike other nuns, their chants and prayers are followed by jabs and thrust kicks. Between meditation sessions, they attend gender equality lessons. Even their traditional maroon robes are periodically swapped for martial arts attire, with black belts.

    “Most people think nuns just sit and pray, but we do more,” said 19-year-old Jigme Wangchuk Lhamo, one of the Kung Fu trainers, as she rested after an intense two-hour session in Hemis village, 40 km (25 miles) from the northern city of Leh.

    “We walk the talk. If we act, people will think if: ’If nuns can act, why can’t we?’”

    “Kung Fu will make them stronger and more confident,” she said, adding that they decided to teach self-defense after hearing of cases of rape and molestation.

    HEROES

    Wangchuk is one of around 700 nuns globally who belong to the Drukpa lineage - the only female order in the patriarchal Buddhist monastic system where nuns have equal status to monks.

    Traditionally, nuns are expected to cook and clean and are not permitted to exercise. But this changed almost a decade ago when the leader of the 1,000-year-old sect, His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa, encouraged the nuns to learn Kung Fu.

    Inspired by his mother to advocate for gender equality, he also gave the nuns leadership roles and helped them study beyond Buddhist teachings to become electricians and plumbers.

    The nuns are active in the communities where they live, mainly in Nepal and India, treating sick animals and organizing eye care camps for villagers.

    They trek and cycle thousands of kilometers through Himalayan mountain passes to raise awareness on issues ranging from pollution to human trafficking.

    Following a massive earthquake in April 2015 in Nepal, they refused to leave but trekked to villages to remove rubble, clear pathways and distribute food to survivors.

    Carrie Lee, president of Live to Love International, a charity which works with the Drukpa nuns to support marginalized Himalayan communities, says they are exceptional role models.


    Buddhist nuns in India's remote Himalayan region of Ladakh teach around 100 girls and young women the martial art of Kung Fu amid rising reports of rape in India. Taken on Aug 18, 2017. THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION/NITA BHALLA
    “The Kung Fu Nuns are heroes of the Himalayas,” she said.

    “They are fiercely compassionate and brave. Not even earthquakes, avalanches, monsoons and cloudbursts can stand in their way.”

    CAT-CALLING

    Lee isn’t far wrong.

    The nuns are now taking on one of the biggest threats facing women and girls in India today. Rape.


    Slideshow (8 Images)

    Stories feature daily in Indian newspapers and television channels of girls being raped on their way to school, students molested in taxis, and women stalked heading home from work.

    The National Crime Records Bureau says 34,651 rapes were reported in 2015 - or four rapes every hour - a rise of 43 percent from 2011.

    There were 82,422 sexual assaults, an 67 percent increase over the same period.

    These figures are just the tip of the iceberg, say activists, as many victims are afraid to report cases, scared they will be blamed and shamed by their family and community.

    A wave of public protests after the fatal gang rape of a woman on a Delhi bus in 2012 jolted many in the world’s second most populous country out of apathy, and forced the government to enact stiffer penalties on gender crimes.

    Since then, a spike in media reports, government campaigns and civil society programs have increased public awareness of women’s rights and emboldened victims to register abuses.

    But with reports continuing every day, and many women feeling increasingly concerned about their safety, the Drukpa saw an opportunity to help in their own way.

    "We thought we must share what we know with others," said 28-year-old nun Jigme Yeshe Lhamo at a five-day workshop at Naro Photang - a majestic Buddhist palace-like building belonging to the centuries-old nearby Hemis monastery.

    Almost 100 women aged between 13 to 28 followed a rigorous 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. schedule during the course in August.

    It included techniques on handling being attacked from behind, moves such as takedowns and strikes, and discussions about how to react in possible sexual assault scenarios.

    "It's been tough and my whole body is aching but the nuns were very inspiring. All girls should learn Kung Fu," said one participant Tsering Yangchen, a 23-year-old student.

    "I am often uncomfortable going to the market as there are boys standing around looking, whistling and cat-calling. I was always hesitant to say anything but now I feel much more confident to speak out and even protect myself if I have to."
    There are more images in the slideshow if you follow the link.

    Kung Fu Nuns & Shaolin Nuns & Indian women counter rape with martial arts training.

    Here's the official website of the Druk Gawa Khilwa Abbey.
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    Score another for TKD

    18-Year-Old Martial Art Expert From Bengal Beats Up 3 Men Who Tried To Sexually Assault Her
    By Neha Tanwar - 30th March 2018

    At a time when crimes against women have seen a steady rise, self-defence has become the need of the hour. Women have taken their safety into their own hands and have invested their time in equipping themselves with the proper form of self-defence so that they can protect themselves from predators. However, just learning martial arts is not enough and you need to keep your head together to apply your knowledge.

    A prime example of this was recently set by an 18-year-old girl who taught a lesson to 3 men who tried to sexually assault her. The girl, Priyanka Singha Roy was on her way to a shop at Kamarpara, Sainthia municipality, in West Bengal reportedly with her younger sister when the men tried to assault them.

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    She is #PriyankaSinghaRoy from Sainthia,Bengal. Was out on her cycle with her younger sister. 3 men accosted her. She beat them up with such ferocity that people had to rescue them! This 18 year old practices #TaeKwonDo & is a class 12 student.
    RESPECT👏👏👏

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    The men made lewd remarks at her and blocked her path. One of them also allegedly held her hand. The girl started learning martial arts 10 months ago and warned the men to back off, the police said on Tuesday.

    When they didn’t listen to her, she overpowered and beat them up. The mother of the girl told Hindustan Times,

    “MY DAUGHTER IS A KEEN STUDENT OF MARTIAL ARTS. THE YOUTHS WERE NOT AWARE OF HER SKILLS. MY DAUGHTER INITIALLY ASKED THEM TO RESTRAIN THEMSELVES, BUT THEY PAID NO HEED AND CONTINUED WITH THEIR LEWD BEHAVIOUR. THEN SHE BEAT THEM UP. “

    Anirban Sen, a local resident witnessed the girl’s ferocity first-hand and saw the goons lying on the ground with his own eyes. He said,

    “AFTER HEARING A COMMOTION, WE RUSHED TO THE AREA AND FOUND THAT THE GIRL HAD PUT THE THREE YOUTHS ON THE GROUND. SHE TOLD US THAT SHE PUNISHED THEM FOR MISBEHAVING WITH HER. HER COURAGE WILL INSPIRE OTHERS IN THE AREA.”

    The news quickly went viral and people are lauding this teenager for having her wits about her and applying her knowledge to overpower her perpetrators.
    1. True!
    GetafixtheDruid
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    Priyanka, the brave young 18 years old Indian girl is a role model for all young ladies in the world who are forced to defend themselves against male predators. 💪👇👇👇#PriyankaSinghaRoy 👏👏👏👏🙏 https://twitter.com/tota_rc/status/978874056928841728

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    2. So proud!

    Tota Roy Choudhury

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    She is #PriyankaSinghaRoy from Sainthia,Bengal. Was out on her cycle with her younger sister. 3 men accosted her. She beat them up with such ferocity that people had to rescue them! This 18 year old practices #TaeKwonDo & is a class 12 student.
    RESPECT👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/bNYVUN2Jda


    Rajkumar Saha
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    really proud of u #priyankasingharoy pic.twitter.com/dpoJHk3M4F

    02:55 - 29 Mar 2018

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    3. We need more like her.
    CHANDI
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    Lovely👏👏👏
    We need more daughters like her in every household. So proud of this daughter #PriyankaSinghaRoy
    Love and blessings to this strong & beautiful soul ❤️ https://twitter.com/tota_rc/status/978874056928841728

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    4. Beti se bacho…

    Tota Roy Choudhury

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    She is #PriyankaSinghaRoy from Sainthia,Bengal. Was out on her cycle with her younger sister. 3 men accosted her. She beat them up with such ferocity that people had to rescue them! This 18 year old practices #TaeKwonDo & is a class 12 student.
    RESPECT👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/bNYVUN2Jda


    kumar srivatsa
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    Yeh Beti se bacho ... proud of her

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    5. You rock!

    Tota Roy Choudhury

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    She is #PriyankaSinghaRoy from Sainthia,Bengal. Was out on her cycle with her younger sister. 3 men accosted her. She beat them up with such ferocity that people had to rescue them! This 18 year old practices #TaeKwonDo & is a class 12 student.
    RESPECT👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/bNYVUN2Jda


    Nilanjan
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    The power of discipline and self confidence. U rock, girl !!! 😀😀😀

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    6. Yes!
    Tota Roy Choudhury

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    She is #PriyankaSinghaRoy from Sainthia,Bengal. Was out on her cycle with her younger sister. 3 men accosted her. She beat them up with such ferocity that people had to rescue them! This 18 year old practices #TaeKwonDo & is a class 12 student.
    RESPECT👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/bNYVUN2Jda


    Prashant Kamath
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    Hope all girls take cue n learn from this episode. It's never late to take lessons in self defense. Always be alert. Kudos Priyanka. Teach many of your neighbours. Encourage them

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    The girl could not be contacted as she went to give her class 12 board exams. The accused identified as Amit Sahani, Dip Mandal and Bhaskar Mandal and have now been caught by the police. They were all in their mid-twenties.

    This girl’s bravery and confidence will inspire many women and children to take an initiative towards learning self-defence. You go, girl!

    This one is definitely a Successful Street Application but also copy-worthy to our Indian women counter rape with martial arts training thread.
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    India's Wushu Warrior Girl - Witness

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    Slightly OT

    Kuwait surely isn't India but the approach is so similar that this news piece will sit best here.

    Kuwaiti girls use martial arts to counter bullies
    Kajukenbo academy teaches more than 120 girls and women between ages of 4 and 50
    Published: January 10, 2019 15:52
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    Kuwaiti girls and women practise Kajukenbo, a hybrid martial art form, in a club in Kuwait City.
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    Kuwait City: Asma Hasnawi and her daughter Riham spend more than 12 hours a week learning kajukenbo, a mixed martial art the mother says boosts her child’s confidence and thwarts bullying.

    In a small hall in Kuwait City, women and girls in black uniforms gather to learn the basics of self-defence.

    On their left sleeves are the flags of Kuwait and the US state of Hawaii, where the hybrid martial art of kajukenbo was developed in the 1940s.

    The sport’s name was derived from the various forms of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO).

    Each form teaches techniques that can be used to fend off an attack, says Hasnawi, 33, who stands in class alongside her 12-year-old daughter and other girls.


    Kuwaiti Asma Hasnawi (L) and Fai Al Fahad, Kajukenbo hybrid martial art assistant-master, practise in a club in Kuwait City
    Image Credit: AFP

    “I initially wanted to explore this sport, but I continued to practise it to be able to defend myself,” she tells AFP.

    Hasnawi still remembers being bullied as a child - something her daughter has struggled with at school too.

    But she says Riham has “changed a lot” since they started practising kajukenbo, gaining patience and strength through the sport.

    “She has transformed. At school, she used to get really angry and quickly agitated if someone would say something to her,” Hasnawi says.

    “Now, it’s something normal that she can (healthily) deal with.”

    There is no recent data in Kuwait on cases of violence against women, who enjoy more freedoms than those in neighbouring countries.


    Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO).
    Image Credit: AFP

    A 2010 study found that a woman is assaulted a day in Kuwait, according to Ghada Al Ghanem, of the Women’s Cultural and Social Society (WCSS).

    The WCSS, whose goal is to help and encourage women’s participation in the Kuwaiti community, has dealt with a number of assault cases and Ghanem believes the actual figure may be higher.

    Hung on the red and black walls of the Street Warrior Academy is a poster of two men practising the sport.

    “Kajukenbo teaches your child the methods and arts of self-defence,” it reads, complimenting the mottos of “strength and honour” and “street warrior” on the backs of the girls’ uniforms.

    The students closely watch their instructor, Faisal Al Gharib, as he explains how to counter an attack with the help of his son.

    The girls then pair up to take what they have learnt and put it into practise.

    In another instance, the instructor’s son mimics an attack with a wooden knife on one of the more experienced pupils, who wears a black belt.

    Already familiar with the exercise, the student explains: “I pretend that I have surrendered... and then I grab his hand on my neck, push it down and move it away.”


    Kuwaiti women practise hybrid martial art Kajukenbo in a club in Kuwait City on October 22, 2018. Kajukenbo was born in Hawaii in the 1940s. The sport's name was derived from the various aspects of martial arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and boxing (BO). / AFP / Yasser Al-Zayyat
    Image Credit: AFP

    More than 120 girls and women between the ages of four and 50 participate in the academy’s different kajukenbo classes, which are held in a room with training weapons lining its walls.

    Some 40 men and boys also currently take part in kajukenbo classes at the club on different days from the women.

    For Um Saleh, the sport has helped her twin 13-year-old daughters become more independent and decisive.

    “It gave them something to focus on other than social media,” she says.

    Gharib, the instructor, established the academy in 2014 after learning kajukenbo in the United States. He says he wanted to teach the sport to women back home as a way to stay fit and to defend themselves against any attack.

    As part of the training, he presents his students with different scenarios, including assaults and knife attacks.

    “We focus on self-defence skills and place the girls in conditions similar to those on the street so we can build their self-confidence and teach them exactly when and where to expect the hit,” Gharib says.

    The academy, which has a strict confidentiality policy, has become a safe haven for many girls and women that have been victims of assault or bullying.

    It is one of dozens of similar clubs and academies that have opened in Kuwait as kajukenbo gains popularity. Although in the rest of the Gulf, the sport remains relatively unknown.

    “Being a (victim) of assault, whether in school or on the street, is what pushed some of these girls and women to pursue the sport,” says Fai Al Fahed, one of the instructors.

    “Ultimately, girls are embracing this kind of martial art and we see it boosting their self-confidence.”

    Khalida Bashir says she was drawn to kajukenbo after watching clips of the sport online.

    “I used to be afraid of everything, but this sport changed me,” she tells AFP.

    “I have become more confident and more patient. Some say this is a man’s sport, but that is, in fact, not true.”
    Kajukenbo
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    Minister for Tourism, not a religious minister

    Minister asks girls to learn martial arts for self-defence
    SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTVISAKHAPATNAM, DECEMBER 06, 2019 00:40 IST
    UPDATED: DECEMBER 06, 2019 00:40 IST

    Minster for Tourism and Culture Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao on Thursday asked girl students to learn martial arts for their self-defence.

    Mr. Srinivasa Rao said that students should give priority to games and yoga in addition to their regular studies. He was speaking at an induction meet of new entrants to the Avanthi Institute of Engineering & Technology at Makavarapalem, about 100 km from here.

    Offer letters were handed over to about 70 students who got selected to TCS, Infosys, CTS, Aptroid and other firms. Mr. Rao, in his address, appealed to the student community to learn good manners and inculcate a healthy lifestyle. He called upon the student community to play a leading role in curbing social evils.

    Visakhapatnam DIG L.K.V. Ranga Rao said that students should inculcate discipline as a prerequisite for their success in life. Alumnus of Avanthi College and Anakapalle MLA Gudivada Amarnath said he was proud to be a product of Avanthi Group of Institutes. He said he learnt several life skills as a student.

    Narsipatnam MLA P. Umashankar Ganesh underlined the need for more professional colleges in rural areas.

    Narsipatnam Additional Superintendent of Police Rishant Reddy and principal C. Mohan Rao and others spoke.
    Between all the encouragement Indian women are getting to train like this, plus all the female role models in Bollywood film, the next female martial arts stars may well be coming from India.
    Gene Ching
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