Actor Siddharth Malhotra says Akshay Kumar, his co-star in Bollywood movie “Brothers”, is doing a commendable job by training women in self defence. Akshay has launched a martial arts school to impart self-defence training to women in suburban Mumbai.
The ultimate goal in the martial arts does not lie in victory, but in the perfection of the character of its participants. The perfection of one’s character is at the core. Many people seek martial arts training with violence in mind. Some people are afraid and wish to learn to defend themselves, others are angry and wish to learn to beat people up. In either case, they are unlikely to commit to their training long enough to learn anything, so one who would study the martial arts must purge himself of selfish and evil thoughts, for only with a clear conscience can he understand that which he receives.
Judo (meaning “gentle way”) is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano . Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata,) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. A judo practitioner is called a judoka.