Ludhiana government schools teach girls ‘Krav Maga’, an Israeli martial art for self-defense

Last updated time: March 10, 2023, 1:36 PM IST

A certified Krav Maga instructor, Aparna MB and her team teach school girls about basic block techniques (Representational Image/PTI)

Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik said that school students can easily apply the knowledge they have learned in the program to protect themselves from any threat.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8, the Ludhiana administration has introduced a self-defence training program to empower girl students in the district. Led by Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik, the program focuses on teaching Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art. , to girls from all public schools here.

The program, which will be fully operational after the exam season, can also be extended to private schools on request. Assistant Commissioner Aparna MB (non-trained IAS) will play a key role in this initiative, The Indian Express reported. Certified Krav Maga instructor Aparna MB and her teams educate school girls on basic block techniques.

At the launch event, Malik said that the basic self-defense techniques taught in Krav Maga are effective and practical. He said that the students of the school can easily implement the knowledge gained in the program to protect themselves from any threat. Malik hoped that self-advocacy would empower girls and allow them to depend on themselves for their own safety.

Developed by the Israel Defense Forces, Krav Maga is known for its effectiveness and approach to real-world situations. Picking the best techniques from different fighting styles such as Aikido, street fighting and boxing and modifying them to increase the ability to teach them quickly has always been the basis of this martial art form. You can learn the basics of Krav Maga in two months and reach advanced level (black belt) in three or more years.

The Department of Basic Education in Uttar Pradesh has also announced self-defence drills for girl students in 1,000 schools across the state on the occasion of International Women’s Day. A total of 2,33,035 female students are undergoing this training through sports instructors. “In 1000 schools of the state, self-defense exercises are conducted for schoolgirls with the help of sports instructors. Through this, 2,33,035 female students were trained,” said the department.

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