Realising the importance of imparting self-defence training to girls, nearly 380 school campuses in Visakhapatnam district are teaching martial arts skills to their girl students. The said programme is a joint initiative of the department of school education of Andhra Pradesh and the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).

Know more about the programme

  • It was launched in the second half of December 2017.
  • It will have 30 classes with each class having a duration of 90 minutes.
  • The aim of the program is to help girls identify potentially dangerous situations and handle them courageously.
  • The initiative covers about 3.8 lakh girl students at 5,725 schools across the state.
  • Moreover, the programme has a blend of physical workout with practical self-defence techniques, which are ideal for girl students.

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  • As part of the programme, the girls will get familiarised with vulnerable body parts. They will also learn conditioning and flexibility exercises and different types of stances, punches, etc.

Helping girls realise physical power

P Atchuta Reddy, General Secretary of New AP Taekwondo Association, which has been entrusted with the responsibility of training the girl students in Vizag district told TOI, “We have deployed 60 trainers for the programme in the district. These basic tools greatly increase personal protection options for the girl students in dangerous situations. The training programme is aimed at risk avoidance and the students self-realise their own physical power. The classes in the district will end in March”.

A senior RMSA official further added that the paradox of self-defence is that the more you are prepared, the lesser are the chances of needing it. “When you can recognise and respond effectively to potentially dangerous situations, you are more confident in your daily activities. The purpose of the training is to provide girl students with short-term goals that reinforce the long-term goal of earning the black belt,” the official said.

Such initiatives will go a long way in helping the girls of our country feel safer and more confident. It will also help drive away fear from their minds.

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