Mumbai Police brought in Russian trainers to train their women staff in ‘tolpar’, a martial art form focusing on knife fighting. This form requires the participant to use his/her intelligence and be agile than merely showcasing brute physical strength. Actor Akshay Kumar, a six-degree black belt holder, also learnt this skill along with the Mumbai policewomen. Says Akshay, “A man usually has more physical power than a woman; but this form of martial art requires intelligence and quickness and women can have an edge over men.”

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