A one-day self defence workshop for women will show you how not to be a victim.
While we never anticipate being attacked, if the situation were to present itself it sure helps to have skills to beat the attacker. Learn that and more at the workshop, Shorei-Kan Assault Prevention and Evasion (S-KAPE)—the first-ever to be conducted by the 30-year-old academy, Shorei-Kan Karate India. Promising to help women learn how to be vigilant and be aware of their surroundings, this weekend’s session will cover theory and practical aspects, while using adapted techniques of Goju-ryu, one of the styles of karate that originated in Okinawa, Japan. Expect instructions on how to deal with mugging, home intrusion, kidnapping or sexual harassment.
“We realised the need for this workshop as the safety of women is at stake now. It is not about fighting or winning, but about not being a victim,” explains Zhayynn James, an instructor at the academy, adding that to ensure effective training, they’ve limited the number of participants to 20. As part of the workshop, videos of possible attack scenarios and how people evaded them will be screened. Participants will be taught techniques such as open hand strikes. “The kicks and punches of martial arts in its raw form cannot be done by someone who hasn’t trained for months or by a stressed victim, say, clad in a sari. The workshop tells you how to do it despite this,” he adds. During practical training, eight trainers including four women will lead the class. “This is the first module and will be followed by a refresher course on June 5. We also intend to hold another module in July—on how to use evasive techniques when attacked by someone using weapons or by multiple attackers,” shares James. Certificates will be given at the end of the workshop.
On Sunday, between 9 am and 3 pm,
at Harrisons Hotel. Rs 2,150.
— Lalitha Ranjani