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Learning defence skills

The self-defence workshop organised by HT as part of the Safe in the City campaign turned out to be a huge success.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 14, 2012 01:55 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times

Continuing with the Hindustan Times’ Safe in the City Campaign, we organised a self-defence workshop at Amity University, Noida. The workshop was a resounding success, as many students and staff of the college turned up for it in huge numbers. A lot of women security guards and other professionals working in and around Noida also lined up to learn a few self-defence techniques.

The workshop featured sessions on how to deal with situations like sexual harassment, pick pocketing and chain snatching. “Blocking, deflecting hands and striking sensitive areas of human body when being attacked are key points that a woman should remember,” says Shamik Tiwari, the trainer for the workshop, from Krav Maga India. “One need not know martial arts to counter an attacker. A few timely and practical moves can save a life and that’s what I am trying to show to women present here,” he adds.

“I often feel vulnerable while getting in or out of the car. The simple steps shown in the workshop make me feel more confident while travelling,” says Sahiba Manwant Singh, a student of hospitality.

“I don’t want to feel scared by the recent incidents against women on the road and stop working or partying. Knowing practical self-defence techniques makes me feel more empowered,” says Varsha Chauhan, a student of biotechnology. “The workshop helped dispel the myth that men are physically stronger than women. It’s all about being aware of the attacker’s weakness and taking him by surprise,” says Divya Raj, a student.

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First Published: Apr 13, 2012 18:00 IST