When Olympian Mary Kom kicked and punched demonstrating how she tackles her opponents, the 300-odd participants of DNA self-defence camp went berserk cheering and clapping.
The bronze medalist at the London Olympics infused energy into the already enthusiastic crowd on Day Five of the camp at Oberoi Mall in Goregaon on Tuesday.
“It is very important for women to learn some kind of martial art form not only for self-defence but also for fitness,” Kom said. “I will probably never win the medal again but I will continue with my training sessions. And it is because I dedicated myself to regular training that I won the medal and people know me.”
The boxing champ said it was important for men to change their mindset as women are at par with them. “Women should make sure that they carry a pepper spray or nail cutter for self-defence,” she added. Kom said family’s support is important to boost confidence in women to achieve their target.
Kom was accompanied by businessman Raj Kundra and Vinay Virmani, who features in the yet-to-be released film David. Daniel Isaac, India’s first kickboxing champion and CEO of Super Fight League (SFL) who also trains the military in Deolali in Nashik, is organising such camps across the city in association with DNA.
“It is often said that men are stronger than women but no one mentions that women are smarter. Use your high heels and your nails for your defence. You don’t have to be Bruce Lee to protect yourself. If you think you can beat someone, you definitely can,” Issac told the participants.
Isaac, along with his team of trained men and women, taught women how they could use their hands, nails and elbows to overpower a man.
Virmani lauded DNA’s initiative to train women. “Women have to help themselves. They should come together to organise such camps once in a few days and train themselves. It is essential that you learn the tricks of self-defence,” he said.
Rachna Bhosale, a college student who had come with her mother to attend the camp learnt some basic tricks of self-defence. “The camp has given me confidence to join a course on a martial art form. My mother, too, is convinced,” she said.
Sanjeevani Shivnani, a housewife, said she does not have time to attend classes but she would keep practising what she learnt and would also teach her daughter the basics of self-defence.