Self-defence institutions across the city have witnessed a rise in the number of women enrollments over the past two years. According to Amit Khatri, karate master at Shotokan Karate institution, Kandivli, there has been a 40% increase in women seeking self -defence techniques as compared to previous years.
“We have a restricted entry of 150 students in our institution out of which 35% used to be women from 2008 to 2010. Today, we have 75% women,” he said.
“The increase in crime against women across the globe has created a fear in the mindset of women,” he added.
MJ Academy of Martial Arts, Chowpatty, has witnessed a 40% increase in women enrollment – from 15 in 2007 to 40 this year.
“A student sought admission because she was tired of being harassed at railway stations. One year of kick-boxing training can help her defend herself,” said Mahendra Mohan, master of kick-boxing at the academy.
Self-defense experts are conducting seminars on various techniques in educational institutions. Shihan Sharif Bapu, master, Academy of Self Defense, Bandra, conducted a seminar, where 140 of the 150 participants were girls.