“In the light of increasing number of attacks on women, introducing children to karate at an early age in schools in necessary,” said MLA Vasu here on Wednesday.
He was speaking after inaugurating the 21st Annual Day and a ceremony where belts would be awarded to participants by Okinawa Karate Do Shorin Karate Association at Jaganmohan Palace.
Addressing the gathering he said that normally, karate is promoted for girls for self-defense. When a series of incidents of sexual harassment of women are being reported every day there seems to be only two ways to curb the assault. The first is to try to change the attitude of men towards women which is not only going to be a Herculean task but is going to take a long time. Secondly, women need to be trained in self-defense. Thus, karate should be taught at schools, he added
Further he said that Okinawa Karate Do Shorin Karate Association has been training the students from 21 years which the government should have done. There is a growing number of students who are interested to learn karate as a mode of self-defense.
Felicitating the karate trainers, Associate Editor of Andolana Ravi Koti said karate apart from being fun helps in inculcating sportsmanship and serves as good self defense. The dedication shown by the association in engaging karate experts from Japan to train the children is worthy of appreciation, he added.
Karate trainers S Eshwar, B Rajesh, S P Rajendra Prasad, Arjun Gowda, Bharathesh, S Sunil Kumar, Rajesh, Gangadath were felicitated on the occasion.
As many as 72 kids were awarded black belt. Later the event was followed by kids exhibiting their karate skills.
President Chamundi Vahini C V Partha Sarathi, Principal Presentation Public School Sister Rosy Joseph, Head Mistress St Joseph’s High School Sister Maria Grasilda, former corporator R Sundar, Convenor T K Sukumaran and Sunil Kumar were present.
Karate trainers being felicitated during the 21st annual day and belt awarding ceremony of Okinawa Karate Do Shorin Karate Association at Jaganmohan Palace. MLA Vasu, Associate Editor of Andolana Ravi Koti and others are seen.