Karthik’s ‘Swaraksha for Women’ reaches to 85K Females
“Swaraksha for Women”- the self-defence techniques launched on 8 August 2014 by Martial Arts Guru Karthik Kateel has trained over 85,000 females at 328 institutions while celebrating the second Anniversary today, 8 August 2016.
Mangaluru: 8 August 2014-Besant Women’s College, Mangaluru – 2:45 pm – Karthik Kateel launched his first “Swaraksha for Women” – a self-defense techniques for women, and Team Mangalorean was there to cover the entire proceedings. 8 August 2016 – Besant Women’s College, Mangaluru – 2:45 pm, Karthik conducted his 328 self-defence techniques programme while celebrating the second anniversary – and Team Mangalorean was proud to be there to cover the programme. Karthik seems like “Energizer Bunny”, the one in the ‘Energizer Batteries’ commercial in the USA, with the marketing tagline “It just keeps going and going..” – so does also, Karthik, “He just keeps going and going and…..”. With his non-stop programmes on self-defence techniques for females, he has visited 328 institutions and has trained over 85,000 females until today.
The programme began with invoking God’s blessings through a prayer song, followed by the welcome address by Professor Hemalatha – the convener of Women’s Cell-BWC. Addressing the gathering, Principal of the College, Dr Satish Kumar Shetty said, “Self-defence and self-protection are an important priority for women. The most common crime to happen to a woman is rape, but it is more about a feeling of dominance from one person over another rather than actual sex. Assault on women is also a common crime because assailants assume women will be more passive and not fight back; this has to do with stereotypes of women. The best way for women to fight back against crime is to prevent it from happening by avoiding being alone or being in badly lit areas. However, getting into such situations is sometimes inevitable. I am sure that Karthik Kateel’s self-defence techniques will help you face an attacker and free yourself from more danger. So pay attention and learn few basic techniques to protect yourselves during time of attack”.
Then it was time for Karthik demonstration – In the 75-minutes long presentation which included serious moments mixed with witty punch-lines, trainer Karthik S. Kateel along with his mother Shobhalatha, demonstrated five techniques on how women can hit back when attacked by a stranger or a group of people. “The eyes, nose and neck are sensitive parts of the human body. Those who have attended my sessions can easily pick up techniques on how to hit back and get a dangerous situation under their control. My techniques are simple and useful for women of all age groups”, he said.
“Normally, karate or taekwondo is promoted for girls for self-defence. But aged women would find it difficult to master these arts. My techniques do not include either kicks or blocks. All one needs is the presence of mind and ability to identify the weak points in the attacker so that they can easily escape unhurt,” he said. Around 600 girl students of the college attended. During the formal function on the dais were-Karthik’s father, Suresh Kateel, a lecturer by profession, his mother Shobhalatha, Devanand Pai-Correspondent of College and Professor Syed Khader-BWC Union Adviser. The vote of thanks was delivered by Radha Pai – secretary of Women’s Cell, and the programme was compered by Shaila S Shet.
When a series of incidents of sexual harassment of women were reported two years ago, Kateel, who by then had secured black-belt in Karate, thought of conducting a self-defence demonstration for women. Interestingly, his mother was his first student. Karthik S Kateel and his mother have been visiting college after college teaching girls’ self-defence. So far the duo has covered 328 institutions in the State and trained more than 85,000 girls in self-defence techniques.
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