Girls are signing up to learn tae kwon do and other martial arts for self-defence if one goes by their participation in the ongoing 27th National Tae Kwon Do championship here. “Young women are facing different types of harassment in everyday life on the streets, buses, trains, and at shopping malls.
“Learning the martial art will give them the much-needed confidence to face it boldly,” feels S. Maheswari, who has come with a team of 20 boys and girls for the event.
Confidence and courage
Thirteen-year-old Gyana Bharati, before entering the fighting arena, told The Hindu here on Sunday that she had been learning the Korean martial art for the last three years. “It gives me a lot of self-confidence and courage.”
Her sister Pattu Gayatri, a 10th standard student, says: “Tae kwon do is part of my daily routine. I find time to practise it despite my busy academic schedule.”
Describing it as the world’s most popular martial art in terms of number of practitioners, third Dan black belt holder Sk. Karimullah, the main organiser of the event, says,
“We teach girls important techniques to protect themselves from any attacks by miscreants.” First Dan black belt holder S. Lenin says, “We teach the students both blocking and offensive techniques. This will hold them in good stead when they are subjected to any surprise attacks.”
S. Rajalakshmi, mother of two girls, says, “I have put my children on a tae kwon do course to enable them to face the world boldly.”
A.V. Vritika, a class III student, was the cynosure of all eyes as she exhibited a good fighting spirit taking on another girl much older than her. A. Mohana Priya, a 10th class student, says, “I used to be obese. Now, I am fighting fit.”
The rigorous training session gives me self-esteem, adds 11-year-old Rahamat Nisha.
Girls are taught important techniques to protect themselves from any attack, says third Dan black belt holder Sk. Karimullah