Karthik Kateel’s ‘Swaraksha for Women’ completes 6 Years of Training 1.6 Lakh Women in Self Defence

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Karthik Kateel’s ‘Swaraksha for Women’ completes 6 Years of Training 1.6 Lakh Women in Self Defence

 Started on 8 August 2014, a self-defence techniques named as “Swaraksha for Women” by martial art guru Karthik Kateel has already trained over 1. 5 lakh (girl students and women adults) in 501 institutions and 800 workshops around Karanatka- a proud achievement for Karthik as he completes Six years this year (on 8 August 2020)- Team Mangalorean has been closely associated with Karthik since his first event which took place at Besant Women’s College on 8 August 2014, and since then Team Mangalorean/Mangalorean.com has been covering most of his events, and we feel proud to note that He has trained over 1.6 lakh girls/women in six years, which is a GREAT ACHIEVEMENT!

Mangaluru : On the outset Team Mangalorean would like to congratulate Karthik Kateel for his great achievement in training over 1.6 lakh female students/adults on self-defence through the “Swaraksha for Women” project. Team Mangalorean has been closely associated with Karthik since his first event which took place at Besant Women’s College on 8 August 2014, and since then has been covering most of his events – and we feel proud to to note that He has trained over 1.6 lakh women in six years, which is a great achievement. Kudos galore, Karthik! His dad, Prof. Suresh Kateel ( Professor, Dept of History at SDPTF College-Kateel), and mom Ms Shobhalatha, (a former Bharathanatyam artist, now a homemaker) have rendered full support. Karthik’s mother has been assisting/escorting him in all his events, throughout his journey through the last six years, teaching/training self-defence techniques to females.

Have you ever felt frightened or intimidated when out walking alone? Have you ever wondered what you should do if approached by an attacker? Have you ever worried about becoming yet another home invasion statistic? The sad reality is that we live in an increasingly violent society in which the fear of crime is ever-present. Personal safety has become an issue of importance for everyone, but especially for women. Concerned about this state of affairs, six times National and 16 times State winner in Martial Arts demonstrations, Martial Arts Guru Karthik S Kateel has been teaching self-defence techniques and safety seminars for the last six years. And recently he had also trained the police women belonging to Rani Abbakka Pade in Puttur/DK, under the direction of DK Superintendent of Police B M Laxmi Prasad, joined by Additional SP Dr Amathe Vikram.

The demand the young women saw for reliable safety information, coupled with the need to debunk widespread myths regarding self-defence measures, has convinced him to conduct more such training programmes, and www.mangalorean.com has been associated with Karthik S Kateel in his projects aimed for a good cause, especially for the safety of women. Karthik during his training sessions demonstrates serious self-defence techniques which would help girls/women during time of attack, rape and such kind of acts on them- and these useful techniques have been very much welcomed by the girls, who opt and promise to use them only during the time of attacks by strangers, and not use them on their brothers or male relatives/friends?.

At the end of every session, to entertain the gathering he also demonstrates some of his unique martial arts stunts which really wow the audience. During his sessions the whole gang of damsels/girls show some keen enthusiasm and interest throughout the programs, since he conducts them more lively and with wit.

The criminals primary strategy is to use the advantage of surprise. Studies have shown that criminals are adept at choosing targets who appear to be unaware of what is going on around them. By being aware of your surroundings and by projecting a force presence, many altercations which are commonplace on the street can be avoided. Your right to fight. Unfortunately, no matter how diligently we practice awareness and avoidance techniques, we may find ourselves in a physical confrontation. Whether or not you have self-defence training, and no matter what your age or physical condition, it is important to understand that you CAN and SHOULD defend yourself physically.

While martial arts/Karate are effective at building esteem and a healthier body, they are overrated for self defense. The reasons for this is that martial arts can be taught improperly as well as taking too much time and effort to really master. For more effective self defense tactics, women should look at empty-handed or unarmed fighting techniques, some of which are designed just for women. This type of empowerment training is also quite efficient as well as fierce: a good course can teach women to render their would-be assailant unconscious.

Recalling Kathik’s story how he stepped into the “Swaraksha for Women” project, he said , “Reading the news of harassment on women which appear frequently on newspapers and TV channels, I decided to do something to prevent such happenings, and so I formulated 5 techniques. First I taught these techniques to my mother, and when I was convinced that these techniques were very effective , I then decided to teach these in schools and colleges, and it did really work and I feel proud that I have done something good for the society, especially the women.

Karthik’s journey into this self-defence techniques training started on 8 August 2014, with the co operation of Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM, where he first taught these self defence techniques to nearly 400 students of Besant Womens College, Mangaluru, and ever since then he has never looked back. Presently he has trained more than 1.6 lakh female students of 501 institutions and 800 workshops around Karnataka “Swaraksha for Women” is a simple and effective 95 minutes self-defence training especially for women, which Karthik conducts along with the help of his mother Mrs. Shobhalatha.

During the training programme there are no kicks, No blocks, No punches are advocated. These techniques can be learnt and easily applied by a 11 year girl to 60 years women. This programme has been appreciated by Police dept, Doctors, Academicians and female students and they have all expressed their opinions. They have individually solved some of the cases related to the harassment. This training has gained wide publicity through the word of mouth from the Academicians and students. The programme was also conducted in the international famed institutions like NIMHANS, KIMS, RGICD, MAHAJANAS , TERRECIAN etc.

This techniques were choreographed on the basic of psychology and real incidents. So far Karthik has never asked for no financial support from government or sponsors and has not demanded a particular amount from the institutions. His main intention is to train the females in self-defence and get their appreciations- and that’s the gift he asks for. And on 7 March 2020, Lions Club District 317 (D) felicitated Karthik at Sadhana Achievers Day in Vamanjoor, in recognition for his tremendous work in the field of women empowerment by training 1.6 lakh girls and women in self defence, thereby saving number of girls/women from harassment/rape/atrocity etc


Karthik S kateel was born on 16 October 1992 in Kateel to Suresh Kateel, a professor in History Department at SDPTFG College-Kateel, and Shobhalatha, a housewife. Only son to his parents, Karthik seems like a “Mama’s Boy”, because most of the time you will see his mother besides him no matter where he goes and what he does. About 6 feet tall now with a good fit physique, Karthik started learning karate at the age of 6 years under the guidance of Sensei Eswar Kateel and was awarded black belt at the age of 14 years . Inspired by the martial arts legends Tony Jaa , Bruce Lee , Jackie Chan , Scott Adkins and Jet li , he learnt Taekwondo , Muay Thai and Ju Jistu by his own effort by watching videos from internet sites.

He also learned foreign martial arts movements like 180 , 360 , 540 , 720 degree kicks , butterfly twist , aerial cartwheel , cheat gainer , roll spike , butterfly kick , ju jistu special movements , confuse kicks ,guyver kick , slant kick, stretch kicks etc which are new to India . Having completed his graduation in BSc, and MA in English Literature, he intends to be a professor just like his dad-as the saying goes- “Every son wants to follow in his father’s footsteps”. He is the General Secretary JKD Association, Karnataka; CEO and Founder, Swaraksha for Women Trust®; Mixed Martial artist (Karate, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Jiu Jistu), Black Belt 1st Dan in Karate. Black Belt In Bruce Lees JKD; a Women empowerment worker; and a Social worker.

Because of these achievements quite a few TV channels recognized Kateel’s unique martial arts talents and telecasted special programmes about him in their respective channels . Namely ” Mangalurina Ekalavya” in TV 9; “Stunt Ekalavya” in Suvarna News TV; “Namma Ekalavya” in News 9 TV; “STU- Namma Nadu Namma Jana” in Udaya News TV; “Karate Kali” in V4 News; ” Extra Ordinary” in Spadhana TV; and “Campus Eye” in V4 news. His live programme was also featured on radio named ‘Sarang’ named “Hrudaya Raga”, and Radio Mirchi 98.3FM telecasted a programme named ” Hot Seat” . Many articles have been also published about him in various newspapers, and Mangalorean.com. Kathik has also conducted self defence training for women in many colleges under the banner of Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM, Mangalorean.com and on his own .

Karthik is a six times National and sixteen times State level gold medal winner in martial arts. He has also won the State level gold medal in seminar and Power Point Presentation competitions. Apart from Martial arts, he has won many prizes in Drawing, Origami, Volley Ball, Debate, Essay and Elocution competitions. Although Karthik learned the martial arts techniques on his own, he wants to offer his help in demonstrating some basic self defence techniques, especially to women, since these days women have been facing a tough time walking on the streets.


Recipient international certificate of achievement from prof. Mehedi javadhi Ranjbar, Iran.
Recipient “Muktha Tulu Film Award 2016” for “Best Action” in a Tulu movie.
Recipient “Swaraksha Rathna” Award from St Marys Degree College, Shirva.
Recipient “YUVA PRATHIBHA PURASKAR “by Dakshina Kannada jilla Kannada Sahitya Parishath and Kallkura Prathistana.
Recipient “OUTSTANDING PERFORMER IN MARTIAL ARTS” from Pandu Ranga Ramana Nayak Amratha Bharathi Vidhya Kendra of Hebri, Udupi District.
Recipient “KARATE MAANTRIKA KARTHIK S KATEEL” title from D.K jilla Gaaniga Yaane Sapaliga Association (R), Mangaluru
TV channels and mangalorean.com have recognized him as “Dakshina Kannada’s Best Martial Artist “.

Many state, national and international articles were published about me in newspapers and online websites. Recipient of felicitations from 50+ renowned institutions and associations such as Indian Red Cross Society Karnataka, NIMHANS Nursing college Bangalore, Mangalore University Konaje, Kuvempu University Shivamogga, Indian Medical Association Kasargod and so on. He is appointed as General Secretary of Bruce Lees JKD Association of Karnataka on September 2016 by JKD Federation of India.

Because of His Unique Swaraksha for women programme he got opportunity to meet President of India on 13-2-2018 in Rastrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi. He was also been appointed as the “District icon” of Udupi District 2017-2018 by election commission to spread awareness and importance of electoral participation. He was also been appointed as the “District icon” of Udupi District 2018 for Swaccha Grama Sarvekshana 2018. He is also appointed as the GRAND MASTER TRAINER – for Self Defence of Youth Red Cross wing, Indian Red Cross Society, Karnataka State on 30-9-2018

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