Empowering Girls Through Self Defense

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When a young girl in her mid 20’s from Kolkata bravely defended herself from eve teasers and made it to the news recently, she admitted her training in martial arts helped her fight the ‘road romeos’.

The fact remains that while we talk of liberating women and empowering them, we still live in denial of the importance of self-protection despite the escalating number of crimes against them. But the mindsets are gradually changing, particularly among young girls.They understand the importance of self-defense and has started taking regular classes, being concerned about her safety

recently, BIBS Kolkata, a premier business school in the city organised a Self Defence
workshop for its women, both students and faculty.The workshop was aimed at creating awareness on how to be able to get out of a threatening situation rather than wait or expect help to arrive. Notwithstanding the current surge of technology that promises help like GPS tracking, SOS alarm messages, Quick Dial features, one must also be ready to
face the situation head on and be able to safeguard one’s self through self defence techniques.The event was curated by the Health Club at BIBS Kolkata, organized by
Priyanka Chanda and Soumyadeep Chakraborty, both students of BIBS, who are also an International Gold Medalists as well as coach. The event was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Ujjal Mohanta, a renowned MMA and Savate Instructor. The workshop demonstrated techniques to combat assault involving MMA and Martial Arts techniques which could be easily used to get out of unfavourable situations. The session also focused on health tips and techniques to be agile and fit. The workshop also witnessed participation from
the corporate world with senior executives from SBI MF, National Stock Exchange among others who actively participated in the workshop and also emphasized the need for training and empowerment of Women in the workplace to ensure their safety given the way the corporate world operates, with late hours and busy schedules.

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