20/12/2014 4:29 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

5 Forms Of Self Defense All Indian Women Need To Know

Gold medallist India's Hmangte Chungneijang Mary Kom reacts after being declared the winner of the women's flyweight (48-51kg) boxing final match against Kazakhstan's Shekerbekova Zhaina during the 2014 Asian Games at the Seonhak Gymnasium in Incheon on October 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

The brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapist in Delhi on December 16, 2012, united the nation in grief and anger. Among the outcry for stringent punishment for the accused, there was also a general consensus, especially among women, that self help is the best help when dealing with molesters.

Women took a new interest in self defence classes to better equip themselves to face such attacks. International Boxing champion Mary Kom introduced the first women's fight club in India. But two years later, the interest is waning. There are several self defense techniques, including an ancient Indian sport, that can make a difference in every woman's life.

  • Krav Maga
    Developed by Hungarian-Israeli Martial boxer/wrestler Imirich Lichtenfeld, Krav Maga is a combination of brutal self-defense techniques derived from street fighting. It teaches a survival mix of martial arts with a ‘no-rules’ system that adapts well to sudden shocks. Pick it up at kravmagaindia.in
  • Karate
    Originating from Japan, karate has been around in India for a long time. Developed specifically for self defence and not attack, karate is practiced without weapons, and is excellent for improving mind-body coordination and quick reflexes irrespective of weight or size. To pick up some moves, try karateindia.org
  • Muay Thai
    Thailand’s combat sport has become a quick favourite as a means to get into rugged, ripped shape for both men and women. Known as the 'art of the eight limbs' -- it combines usage of elbows, fists, knees and shins to full effect -- it is a close form of combat that teaches offence and defence. For more information, try muaythaiindia.com
  • Kalaripayattu
    Originating from India itself, Kalaripayattu from Kerala is claimed to be one of the oldest forms of martial arts. It's not as popular as karate, but has been modernised to teach women to fight, with whichever objects they might have in their hands instead of weapons. For some hard-core moves, visit kalari.in
  • Mixed Martial Arts
    Simply put, this extreme combat sport is a fusion of several fighting styles and techniques such as wrestling, tae kwon do, boxing, karate, Brazilian jiu jitsu and kickboxing. It is especially useful in countering surprise elements from any direction. Pick up self defence techniques at indianmartialart.com

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