KERALA

Karate training for women begins

FOR SELF-DEFENCE: A woman demonstrates techniques of self-defence during the launch of a karate training programme by the Thrissur Corporation   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K.K. Najeeb

Staff Reporter

An initiative of Thrissur Corporation for empowerment of women

Thrissur: The Thrissur Corporation on Monday launched a karate training programme for women. Presiding over the programme, Mayor R. Bindu said the Corporation envisaged empowerment of women in all aspects of life.

“The programme is intended to give women self-confidence. Atrocities against women are on the rise. Women should equip themselves to handle dangerous situations they face,” she said.

Programme director Madhu Viswanath of the Gojukan Association said that participants of the programme would be trained to get yellow belt. “Simple techniques of self-defence can help them deal with eve-teasers and other trouble-makers. By harnessing physical and mental energies, karate creates people with self-discipline, self-respect, confidence and serenity,” he said.

He demonstrated how katas (karate movements) help practitioners visualise enemy attacks and their responses. The 30-hour programme is intended to train 200 women between the ages of 15 and 45. The Corporation will provide 150 ml milk and an egg to a participant every day. Trainers Mridula Madhu and Rema Shanmughadas will lead the classes.

Painter Kavita Balakrishnan inaugurated the programme. Deputy Mayor M. Vijayan; Development Standing Committee chairperson Saseendra Viswanath; Women's Welfare Standing Committee chairperson Sheeba Babu; councillor C.R. Thankamani; and Welfare Standing Committee chairman P.A. Purushothaman were present.

A karate demonstration followed the meeting. The participants included 10 of the 18 members of the Kerala team that would take part in the national selection trials to be conducted by the All-India Karate Federation.