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Teaching Students the Art of Self-defence through Karate

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:For karate instructor Syed J, teaching the martial art form to others is not just a passion or hobby.

Instead, it is part of a mission undertaken by him. One of his initiatives is to conduct self-defence karate training classes to students during school vacations, especially girl students.

The martial arts instructor based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, runs three sports academies there, by the name of Winnerland Sports Academy, which were started in the year 2005. He later started a branch of the academy in 2011 at Ambalathara in the city. And it was after starting the academy that such an idea came to his mind.

Says the karate instructor, “I always keep aside 25 per cent of the income received from the academy, which is later used for charity work and free training. I use the money to sponsor the expenses of students who wish to pursue a professional career in martial arts and also those seeking to take part in competitions.”

Syed teaches the martial art to the students during camps organised for students by the NCC. Most of his sessions focus on the different defensive karate moves, though karate moves which are dangerous and best to avoid are also taught. Schools where he offers free of cost training sessions include Manacaud Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Vattiyoorkavu Government Vocational Higher Secondary School and Peroorkada Girls High School.

Adds Syed, “Though I target girl students, boys are also allowed to attend training. Karate literally means fighting with the hand. Self-defence training is very much needed in today’s times. For girls, the assurance of being familiar with ways to ward off an attacker can boost their confidence.”

Besides being a businessman and karate instructor, Syed is the president of the Karate Association of UAE and a certified member of the National Karate Federation at UAE and India. He also comes under the list of certified karate referees in UAE/India.

Syed feels that many schools are not coming forward for helping conduct such self-defence classes for the students.

Winding up the conversation, he states, “While running behind the best education facilities for ‘their’ students, schools often forget that even students need a particular level of fitness, if not just defence training.”

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