Developed for the Israeli army, the martial art form of Krav Maga has been gaining popularity in the city for a few years. But now, one of its exponents is taking it in a new direction—by making it work as a tool to battle things we face in day to day life, like sexual harassment or even road rage. “After conducting awareness workshops in some corporates last year, we recently launched 20-hour modules that cover road rage, fitness at work, and for women, how to deal with sexual harassment,” says S Sreeram, a Krav Maga expert with 10 years experience and the owner of Krav Maga Tamil Nadu, an outfit started in 2009 which has five centres in the city now.
For women, the focus is on staying strong in panic-inducing situations, using objects they have access to—from pens to bags—to protect themselves and learning techniques to fight back. “Currently we are working with companies like Cognizent, Bank of America, HP, Standard Chartered and TCS,” says Sreeram, who also trains the state police commandos.
For men, the classes are tailor-made to give them control—mostly over their emotions. “Violence is not always the answer. As part
of the road rage module, we teach people to handle situations with the four Ds—delay, diffuse, divert and deny. Only if this doesn’t help do we encourage them to use force,” he says.
These courses are also available at their various centres. Rs. 4,000 for a 20-hour module. Details: 9340006600/kravmagatamilnadu.com
—Surya Praphulla Kumar