Last year, Akshay Kumar — who was a professional martial arts trainer before he started acting — launched an initiative for free-of-cost martial arts training for women, in association with Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray. Now, we’ve learnt that almost a dozen visually-impaired girls (in the age group of 16-28) have also been participating in these classes for the past few weeks.
“Yes, the girls have been getting lessons in self-defence at Andheri Sports Complex. They are accompanied by their guardians — mostly parents — who help them understand the instructor. The number of visually-impaired girls attending the classes has been continuously increasing. Akshay is happy since he feels strongly about training girls in basic self-defence techniques. From time to time, he gets personally involved to ensure that they feel encouraged,” says an insider.
When contacted, Akshay — who has been taking time out to visit the classes regularly — says, “Having the honour of being able to not only teach such wonderful girls, but to also put smiles on their sweet faces, leaves an imprint on my heart. People think it’s the children who are lucky to have this opportunity to train, but it is me who is the lucky one, as I get to be a part of their growth. If I do nothing else in life, I want to instill confidence and power in women, and help them stand as strong as they can in this world.”