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Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, November 12, 2012
The man has a black belt in Taekwondo and has studied martial arts in Bangkok. So, we were not surprised when Akshay Kumar went out of his way on Saturday to make his presence felt on the final day of the fourth Akshay Kumar Invitational International Kudo Tournament, which is being touted as one of India’s biggest martial arts events.

“Whatever I have become today is only because of my self-discipline and martial arts. It’s not a sport for me, it’s an art,” said Akshay. The actor was accompanied by his Khiladi 786 co-star, Asin, and son Aarav. The star, along with wrestling coach Satpal Singh (famous for training two time Olympic medal winner Sushil Kumar) also distributed the prizes and medals to the winners. Interestingly, during the event, Akshay also pointed out that Satpal’s strong wrist reminded him of his father’s, who also was a wrestler. 

Like father, like son
It was not just Akshay, but also his 10-year-old son Aarav who was very excited to witness the live martial-arts event on Saturday. Even as his dad sat on the main stage and distributed prizes and acknowledged thousands of cheering fans, Aarav was watching the action from close quarters, as he sat in the viewers’ gallery. “Akshay could have made Aarav sit with him on stage, but he wanted him to sit among the viewers and experience things on his own,” says a friend close to Akshay.