Martial Arts for women
Our ladies are subject to harassment (sexually or otherwise) in their
daily life. A regrettable fact is that some men consider women as the
weaker sex and have pleasure in torturing them.
It is high time for our ladies to take steps to safeguard their
dignity, life and assets. It is not possible for them to carry lethal
weapons and quick action by Police is also not possible. Therefore it is
better for them to receive training in the art of self defence. By this
method they not only safeguard themselves but could reduce the burden
placed on the Police as well.
The following benefits are available on receiving proper training in
a) Will power improves
Martial Arts training for women
b) Health condition improves
c) Mental Depression, fear etc. vanish
d) Ability to do the daily work improves
e) Violence on them is reduced
f) Cash, jewellery and other assets are safe guarded
g) Prolonged legal procedure is avoided
h) Other ladies and children could be safe guarded
Training in Martial Arts includes;
a) Proper exercise (body and mental etc)
b) Adequate rest and sound sleep at night
c) Adoption of good habits- eating, drinking water etc.
d) Breathing exercises - to reduce tension, asthma, lungs cancer
e) Avoidance of bad habits - smoking, liquor, narcotics drugs etc.
The following recognized arts are available;
Jujitsu, Judo, Karate,Taekwando, KungFu, Aikido, Nanchanku
The art which suites you is the best. However it is better to receive
training in all arts whilst concentrating on one suitable art. Jujitsu
is ideal for a close range fights while Karate, Taekwondo and Judo need
space - Nanchanku could help when armed opponents are involved. In early
1970's an art called China footing (cheenadi) was popular. This art was
taught in the Police Training School. Now it has vanished.
The following steps have to be taken by ladies before commencement of
* Complete medical checkup to ensure that you are fit enough for the
* Select a good school (very important)
* Show clear interests
* Have proper observation of the training
* Adequate regular practice essential
* Be faithful to the master
The following facts has to be considered when selecting a master
* He should be an expert in recognized art of self defence. (say
black belt holder in case of Karate)
* should have the talent to train the students at all levels.
* Free of bad habits - smoke, liquor, narcotic drugs, etc.
* should have a status in the society (Criminals could not be
accepted as masters)
* should have adequate qualified female assistants
Ladies should discuss with their doctors and masters as well as
regard receiving training - during pregnancy, after child birth, after a
major operation etc.
The following are the recognized styles in Karate;
Shotokan, Wado Rye, Shito Rye, Goju Rye
Recognized art means where high standard training is given by high
standard masters and examinations are held on a high standard basis.
Three types of methods are practiced in Karate;
* Kihan wasa - proper method of performing techniques
* Kata - Studies of traditional fighting form
* Kumite - Practical fighting
Once you become expert in compact Karate you could select sports
karate as well if you prefer to be a trainer.
Some parents still think that martial arts stimulate violence. It is
just the opposite. It prevents violence. I have seen several students
who have become sober after receiving the training. I hope this article
elucidates the true benefit of martial arts and I welcome parents to
send their children early.
- Sensei S R Balachandran (IUMA)
International University for Martial Arts