Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, along with Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, runs free martial arts classes for women in the city at the Andheri Sports Complex. Now, the duo plans to take these self-defence classes to other parts of the country.
Apparently, Akshay and Aaditya want to soon start these classes in Thane. It will be followed by a centre in Surat, Gujarat. The idea is to open 100 such self-defence classes across the country in the next five years. In fact, a few weeks back, Shreya Naik, a 19-year-old girl from Andheri, who had trained at the Mumbai centre, single-handedly fought off a molester and got him arrested too.
“What Shreya went through was her worst nightmare. But the best part of her ordeal was that she conquered that nightmare with utter determination. She didn’t freeze. She put all her training to use, and dragged that man to the police station. That was a proud moment for me,” says Akshay.
Ask him about the expansion plans, and Akshay refrains from divulging any details. “I am planning to spread this self-defence campaign as far and as wide as possible,” he says.