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Be your own bodyguard

Learn quick and foolproof self defense moves from the experts at any of these classes.

india Updated: Jul 17, 2011 02:34 IST

Shito Ryu Karate-do Seiko Kai India
The institute, run by Sensei Bharat Sharma, mostly has women as students who are also taught self defense techniques using umbrellas, scarves and purses among other things. “With the right technique one can conquer even the strongest challenges,” says Sharma, who is a black belt 6th dan and also the chief coach of NSG black cat commandoes. The classes are carried out on all days of the week.
Class Duration: 1.5 hours
Fee: Rs 600- Rs 1,500
Where: Bhavya Biwas, C 34 A Hari Nagar (among other centres).
Tel: 9811144599

Kuniba Kai India
Kuniba Kai is a worldwide Japanese martial arts organisation and Shihan Nawal Datta is the Indian representative. His academy teaches kickboxing, karate-do and goshin-do. Goshin-do is an advanced Japanese martial art that teaches one to target certain pressure points while defending one’s self, however, it requires a lot of training to perfect. This academy also takes pride in the fact that a large number of women come to them to learn to defend themselves. Datta is a professor of martial arts and has been practicing for 25 years. He is a 5th dan from World Karate-do Federation and All India Karate-do Federation. Participants from all age groups can join; the classes are mostly conducted over the weekend.
Class Duration: 1.5 hours
Fee: Rs1,800
Where: A 92 C Taimoor Nagar, opposite B block, New Friends Colony
Tel: 011-26921900, 9810062865


The Self Defense Institute
This Institute believes in self protection not self defense. According to Jaipreet Joshi, the chief coach at the academy, “Self defense is reactive but, self protection is proactive.” The institute follows the military combat system and trains people of all ages in fitcomb, kappa, haganah and krav maga, which are Israeli defense systems. Also women get a 10% discount here. Joshi is an ex-army personnel who trained in Israel and has practiced martial arts for over 20 years. “We see a lot of women participants every month. The course is really helpful for a complete work out along with some self defense training,” he says.
Class Duration: 1.5 hours
Fee: Rs 2,200
Where: 417, Sector 56, Gurgaon
Tel: 9910240850, 9717746609

School of Shotokan Karate-Do
The School is run by Sensei Rajeev Sabharwal and teaches mainly Shotokan karate, which is a Japanese martial art form. The curriculum here, involves acrobatics and stretching, to make the body more flexible. Sabharwal believes that karate is not just about learning physical movement but it is also a way of life. He is also trained in the healing arts and through karate, he has helped improve people’s asthmatic conditions and joint problems. The institute also holds special sessions for young women and children, throughout the week.
Class duration: 1 hour
Fee: Rs 2,500 per month
Where: Palam Vihar, Sector 22, Green City, B block, Gurgaon.
Tel: 9811655488

DSK School of Self Defense
Get enrolled here, to learn traditional karate and kabudo, involving use of wooden sticks. SK Yadav, the chief coach here, believes: “Knowledge of such techniques not only makes you confident but also adds to your fitness,” says Yadav, who is also a yoga instructor, a fitness trainer and has practiced karate and kabudo for over 21 years now.
Class duration: 1 hour
Fee: Rs 2,000 (registration fee), Rs 1,000 (monthly fee)
Where: Dwarka Health Club, Plot 1, Dwarka Sector 7
Tel: 9810143483