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Printed in The Hindu Newspaper

Fighting fit and staying strong

Bringing down enemies is fun, discovers Nandini Nair at a Kickboxing class
Photo:Sandeep Saxena


JUST FOR KICKS Kiran Sawhney shows how to throw a punch and a kick

I need a workout with a purpose. The lure of merely burning fat doesn’t do it for me. That’s how my search for a kickboxing class begins. Having originated in Thailand, kickboxing promises to raise stamina and fell assailants. I soon find myself at Fitnesolution in GK-2. I have a class with Kiran Sawhney, MD and chief wellness trainer at Fitnesolution.

She might be the mother of a grown-up son, but Kiran has defeated age and has won over strength. Having started studying fitness around 10 years ago, Kiran is today a certified instructor in different regimes from aqua aerobics to pilates to bhangra aerobics.

Taking no chances
Before the class begins, Kiran goes through one’s medical history. She needs to figure out if her client is physically capable of a “high intensity” workout session. She doesn’t recommend kickboxing to people with a history of shoulder or back problems.

Explaining the benefits, she says, “Through kickboxing and aqua aerobics you lose the most calories, since unlike running and aerobics it requires the upper body and lower body to work out.”

The class begins with a warm up session, involving a few routine stretch exercises. This is to increase the heart rate before starting on the actual regime. Then the real work begins. The class opens with a fighter stance. Elbows are bent and fists are clenched in front of one’s face. Even though I am aware that I probably look ridiculous, I enjoy my feigned machismo. Then begin a series of jabs. Kiran instructs, “Never lock your elbow. No jerks. The elbow should be soft.” She further demonstrates the different kinds of jabs. From a cross jab – to hit someone on the side. To an upper cut – to sock the chin. To a hook – which is meant for someone standing behind. Then the kicks begin. The front kick, the back kick, the side kick, the flying kick and the round house kick. I find the flying kick the most fun. It requires quite a little hop and a skip. These most basic moves form the base of kickboxing. The rest of the class is adaptations and variations and choreographies of these kicks and jabs. The constant one, two, three, kick, punch, kick, kick, kick action and the endless repetitions are enough to cause quite a sweat.

(Find out more from – http://www.fitnesolution.com and dreamfit.blogspot.com. Call – 9810530027)

( nandini@thehindu.co.in)

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August 2, 2008 at 7:48 am

Kickboxing

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Printed in The Hindu Newspaper

Fighting fit and staying strong

Bringing down enemies is fun, discovers Nandini Nair at a Kickboxing class
Photo:Sandeep Saxena


JUST FOR KICKS Kiran Sawhney shows how to throw a punch and a kick

I need a workout with a purpose. The lure of merely burning fat doesn’t do it for me. That’s how my search for a kickboxing class begins. Having originated in Thailand, kickboxing promises to raise stamina and fell assailants. I soon find myself at Fitnesolution in GK-2. I have a class with Kiran Sawhney, MD and chief wellness trainer at Fitnesolution.

She might be the mother of a grown-up son, but Kiran has defeated age and has won over strength. Having started studying fitness around 10 years ago, Kiran is today a certified instructor in different regimes from aqua aerobics to pilates to bhangra aerobics.

Taking no chances
Before the class begins, Kiran goes through one’s medical history. She needs to figure out if her client is physically capable of a “high intensity” workout session. She doesn’t recommend kickboxing to people with a history of shoulder or back problems.

Explaining the benefits, she says, “Through kickboxing and aqua aerobics you lose the most calories, since unlike running and aerobics it requires the upper body and lower body to work out.”

The class begins with a warm up session, involving a few routine stretch exercises. This is to increase the heart rate before starting on the actual regime. Then the real work begins. The class opens with a fighter stance. Elbows are bent and fists are clenched in front of one’s face. Even though I am aware that I probably look ridiculous, I enjoy my feigned machismo. Then begin a series of jabs. Kiran instructs, “Never lock your elbow. No jerks. The elbow should be soft.” She further demonstrates the different kinds of jabs. From a cross jab – to hit someone on the side. To an upper cut – to sock the chin. To a hook – which is meant for someone standing behind. Then the kicks begin. The front kick, the back kick, the side kick, the flying kick and the round house kick. I find the flying kick the most fun. It requires quite a little hop and a skip. These most basic moves form the base of kickboxing. The rest of the class is adaptations and variations and choreographies of these kicks and jabs. The constant one, two, three, kick, punch, kick, kick, kick action and the endless repetitions are enough to cause quite a sweat.

(Find out more from – http://www.fitnesolution.com and dreamfit.blogspot.com. Call – 9810530027)

( nandini@thehindu.co.in)

Written by kiransawhney

August 2, 2008 at 7:48 am

Kickboxing

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Printed in The Hindu Newspaper

Fighting fit and staying strong

Bringing down enemies is fun, discovers Nandini Nair at a Kickboxing class
Photo:Sandeep Saxena


JUST FOR KICKS Kiran Sawhney shows how to throw a punch and a kick

I need a workout with a purpose. The lure of merely burning fat doesn’t do it for me. That’s how my search for a kickboxing class begins. Having originated in Thailand, kickboxing promises to raise stamina and fell assailants. I soon find myself at Fitnesolution in GK-2. I have a class with Kiran Sawhney, MD and chief wellness trainer at Fitnesolution.

She might be the mother of a grown-up son, but Kiran has defeated age and has won over strength. Having started studying fitness around 10 years ago, Kiran is today a certified instructor in different regimes from aqua aerobics to pilates to bhangra aerobics.

Taking no chances
Before the class begins, Kiran goes through one’s medical history. She needs to figure out if her client is physically capable of a “high intensity” workout session. She doesn’t recommend kickboxing to people with a history of shoulder or back problems.

Explaining the benefits, she says, “Through kickboxing and aqua aerobics you lose the most calories, since unlike running and aerobics it requires the upper body and lower body to work out.”

The class begins with a warm up session, involving a few routine stretch exercises. This is to increase the heart rate before starting on the actual regime. Then the real work begins. The class opens with a fighter stance. Elbows are bent and fists are clenched in front of one’s face. Even though I am aware that I probably look ridiculous, I enjoy my feigned machismo. Then begin a series of jabs. Kiran instructs, “Never lock your elbow. No jerks. The elbow should be soft.” She further demonstrates the different kinds of jabs. From a cross jab – to hit someone on the side. To an upper cut – to sock the chin. To a hook – which is meant for someone standing behind. Then the kicks begin. The front kick, the back kick, the side kick, the flying kick and the round house kick. I find the flying kick the most fun. It requires quite a little hop and a skip. These most basic moves form the base of kickboxing. The rest of the class is adaptations and variations and choreographies of these kicks and jabs. The constant one, two, three, kick, punch, kick, kick, kick action and the endless repetitions are enough to cause quite a sweat.

(Find out more from – http://www.fitnesolution.com and dreamfit.blogspot.com. Call – 9810530027)

( nandini@thehindu.co.in)

Written by kiransawhney

August 2, 2008 at 7:48 am

Hot New Trends in Fitness

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Hot new trends are constantly cropping up in every aspect of our lives, from fashion, food, and music, all the way to fitness. Which sizzling new trends are right for you? Whether you are looking for a fun new exercise to spice up your fitness program, or ways to reduce stress, lose weight, or enhance your sports performance, you should know the benefits and risks before you start. Fitness is an evolving and constantly innovating industry. During the past decade there has emerged a wealth of activities and equipment that were barely recognized or never imagined 15 years ago. Have you ever wondered how the fitness industry keeps creating new forms of exercise? Have you pondered about the combination of exercises your trainer teaches you? Read on, you are about to learn more than you ever thought possible about fitness trends, modes of exercise, and creative ways to stay fit.
Often times a new fitness trend is spurred on for modifications to existing fitness disciplines. New trends can also just be in the creative minds of a fast-thinking marketing department. Either way the latest innovations keep us excited about getting in shape and a welcome detour from impending boredom. Let’s view some less known but very exciting, hot, new, fitness regimes.

Bosu– World over, maximum numbers of injuries occur only because of lack of balance and strength. Balance is the foundation of all movement. The BOSU Balance Trainer is specifically designed to help achieve balance more quickly, safely, and more completely than any other training device. With every exercise on the BOSU Balance Trainer, you are always seeking the path of least resistance and striving to do less! Strength, agility, quickness & coordination are necessary for effective daily movement & sports performance. The BOSU Balance Trainer allows you to find your “point of challenge” and develop beyond that point.

Ramp– Ramping up is a very interesting workout. Many of us are all familiar with step aerobics. But ramping adds some extra challenge to the workout. It is an inclined plane and hence gives you the same effect of incline treadmill walking. This small, light and very portable piece of equipment works wonders on your rear muscles, which are hips, thighs etc. It has adjustable heights, which allows you to choose your own level. It is low impact and high intensity workout.

Swiss ball- Swiss ball, also known as physio ball or exercise ball, comes in different dimensions to suit your own height. With this you can target not only your core abdominal muscles, but also can very effectively strengthen your back, leg muscles like hamstrings etc. Not only this, you can also do your cardio workout on this.

Thera Band– this is one tiny piece of equipment that can be carried even in your handbag. You can work on complete body toning & strengthening even while you are traveling. It is a resistance band that offers you similar effects as multiple gyms but surely does not cost you so much. It is a very interesting piece of equipment with which you can even work in the pool to do some aqua exercises. This too is color coded to offer you different levels of resistance.

Pilates Magic Circle– It reminds me of the first piece of workout equipment I had 15 years ago: The Bullworker. The Bullworker, if you remember, was a monstrous self-contained exercise device with a giant spring inside two metal pipes. The Bullworker is no more, but a Magic Circle is better version of Bullworker and is certainly a lighter and a more talented piece of exercise equipment because it’s kinder to use and more compact: You’re either compressing the steel circle or you’re pulling against it. Simple. The key to many of the exercises is to compress the Fitness Circle and HOLD that position and that’s harder done than said! That holding compression is where you really begin to feel the wonderful burn of your muscles responding to your command.

Kickboxing/ Tae Bo– if you are looking for a tough, new aerobic exercise, this might be the right one for you. Created by karate champion Billy Banks, Tae-Bo combines Tae Kwon Do, boxing, and dance set to hip-hop music. A typical class consists of a choreographed series of jabs, punches, kicks, and dance steps.
Tae-Bo is a combined word. Tae means “leg” in Korean and refers to the kicks and lower body workout, while Bo is derived from “boxing” and relates to the punches and jabs in the upper body workout. This sport attracts a fair number of women for its strength building and because it works the glutes, inner thighs and triceps. A Tae-Bo workout is high intensity and includes some high impact moves that may not be appropriate for people with certain conditions such as osteoporosis or arthritis.

Step Aerobics– no matter how many new fitness classes are evolved, one class that has maintained its popularity is step aerobics. Participants continue to enjoy step aerobics & fitness trainers have continued to add variations to it. The group fitness classes offer excellent cardiovascular workout. Besides this versatile piece of equipment also comes handy as a bench for isolation work.

Not all new fitness formats make sense at first. Sometimes it takes diligent practice to get into the flow of the movements. If a flow is never attained, two things must be considered. First, your instructor may not be qualified to teach this type of physical activity. Secondly, the new form of exercise may have some flaws such as poor biomechanics or lack of a logical progression in the way it’s structured or designed to be taught.
In closing, I remind all of you to try something new and exciting that comes your way. I believe that when your mind is bored with your current form of exercise, your body has been bored for some time. Make exercise an experience and not just a ritual.

Written by kiransawhney

June 19, 2008 at 2:58 am

Hot New Trends in Fitness

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Hot new trends are constantly cropping up in every aspect of our lives, from fashion, food, and music, all the way to fitness. Which sizzling new trends are right for you? Whether you are looking for a fun new exercise to spice up your fitness program, or ways to reduce stress, lose weight, or enhance your sports performance, you should know the benefits and risks before you start. Fitness is an evolving and constantly innovating industry. During the past decade there has emerged a wealth of activities and equipment that were barely recognized or never imagined 15 years ago. Have you ever wondered how the fitness industry keeps creating new forms of exercise? Have you pondered about the combination of exercises your trainer teaches you? Read on, you are about to learn more than you ever thought possible about fitness trends, modes of exercise, and creative ways to stay fit.
Often times a new fitness trend is spurred on for modifications to existing fitness disciplines. New trends can also just be in the creative minds of a fast-thinking marketing department. Either way the latest innovations keep us excited about getting in shape and a welcome detour from impending boredom. Let’s view some less known but very exciting, hot, new, fitness regimes.

Bosu– World over, maximum numbers of injuries occur only because of lack of balance and strength. Balance is the foundation of all movement. The BOSU Balance Trainer is specifically designed to help achieve balance more quickly, safely, and more completely than any other training device. With every exercise on the BOSU Balance Trainer, you are always seeking the path of least resistance and striving to do less! Strength, agility, quickness & coordination are necessary for effective daily movement & sports performance. The BOSU Balance Trainer allows you to find your “point of challenge” and develop beyond that point.

Ramp– Ramping up is a very interesting workout. Many of us are all familiar with step aerobics. But ramping adds some extra challenge to the workout. It is an inclined plane and hence gives you the same effect of incline treadmill walking. This small, light and very portable piece of equipment works wonders on your rear muscles, which are hips, thighs etc. It has adjustable heights, which allows you to choose your own level. It is low impact and high intensity workout.

Swiss ball- Swiss ball, also known as physio ball or exercise ball, comes in different dimensions to suit your own height. With this you can target not only your core abdominal muscles, but also can very effectively strengthen your back, leg muscles like hamstrings etc. Not only this, you can also do your cardio workout on this.

Thera Band– this is one tiny piece of equipment that can be carried even in your handbag. You can work on complete body toning & strengthening even while you are traveling. It is a resistance band that offers you similar effects as multiple gyms but surely does not cost you so much. It is a very interesting piece of equipment with which you can even work in the pool to do some aqua exercises. This too is color coded to offer you different levels of resistance.

Pilates Magic Circle– It reminds me of the first piece of workout equipment I had 15 years ago: The Bullworker. The Bullworker, if you remember, was a monstrous self-contained exercise device with a giant spring inside two metal pipes. The Bullworker is no more, but a Magic Circle is better version of Bullworker and is certainly a lighter and a more talented piece of exercise equipment because it’s kinder to use and more compact: You’re either compressing the steel circle or you’re pulling against it. Simple. The key to many of the exercises is to compress the Fitness Circle and HOLD that position and that’s harder done than said! That holding compression is where you really begin to feel the wonderful burn of your muscles responding to your command.

Kickboxing/ Tae Bo– if you are looking for a tough, new aerobic exercise, this might be the right one for you. Created by karate champion Billy Banks, Tae-Bo combines Tae Kwon Do, boxing, and dance set to hip-hop music. A typical class consists of a choreographed series of jabs, punches, kicks, and dance steps.
Tae-Bo is a combined word. Tae means “leg” in Korean and refers to the kicks and lower body workout, while Bo is derived from “boxing” and relates to the punches and jabs in the upper body workout. This sport attracts a fair number of women for its strength building and because it works the glutes, inner thighs and triceps. A Tae-Bo workout is high intensity and includes some high impact moves that may not be appropriate for people with certain conditions such as osteoporosis or arthritis.

Step Aerobics– no matter how many new fitness classes are evolved, one class that has maintained its popularity is step aerobics. Participants continue to enjoy step aerobics & fitness trainers have continued to add variations to it. The group fitness classes offer excellent cardiovascular workout. Besides this versatile piece of equipment also comes handy as a bench for isolation work.

Not all new fitness formats make sense at first. Sometimes it takes diligent practice to get into the flow of the movements. If a flow is never attained, two things must be considered. First, your instructor may not be qualified to teach this type of physical activity. Secondly, the new form of exercise may have some flaws such as poor biomechanics or lack of a logical progression in the way it’s structured or designed to be taught.
In closing, I remind all of you to try something new and exciting that comes your way. I believe that when your mind is bored with your current form of exercise, your body has been bored for some time. Make exercise an experience and not just a ritual.

Written by kiransawhney

June 19, 2008 at 2:58 am

Hot New Trends in Fitness

leave a comment »

Hot new trends are constantly cropping up in every aspect of our lives, from fashion, food, and music, all the way to fitness. Which sizzling new trends are right for you? Whether you are looking for a fun new exercise to spice up your fitness program, or ways to reduce stress, lose weight, or enhance your sports performance, you should know the benefits and risks before you start. Fitness is an evolving and constantly innovating industry. During the past decade there has emerged a wealth of activities and equipment that were barely recognized or never imagined 15 years ago. Have you ever wondered how the fitness industry keeps creating new forms of exercise? Have you pondered about the combination of exercises your trainer teaches you? Read on, you are about to learn more than you ever thought possible about fitness trends, modes of exercise, and creative ways to stay fit.
Often times a new fitness trend is spurred on for modifications to existing fitness disciplines. New trends can also just be in the creative minds of a fast-thinking marketing department. Either way the latest innovations keep us excited about getting in shape and a welcome detour from impending boredom. Let’s view some less known but very exciting, hot, new, fitness regimes.

Bosu– World over, maximum numbers of injuries occur only because of lack of balance and strength. Balance is the foundation of all movement. The BOSU Balance Trainer is specifically designed to help achieve balance more quickly, safely, and more completely than any other training device. With every exercise on the BOSU Balance Trainer, you are always seeking the path of least resistance and striving to do less! Strength, agility, quickness & coordination are necessary for effective daily movement & sports performance. The BOSU Balance Trainer allows you to find your “point of challenge” and develop beyond that point.

Ramp– Ramping up is a very interesting workout. Many of us are all familiar with step aerobics. But ramping adds some extra challenge to the workout. It is an inclined plane and hence gives you the same effect of incline treadmill walking. This small, light and very portable piece of equipment works wonders on your rear muscles, which are hips, thighs etc. It has adjustable heights, which allows you to choose your own level. It is low impact and high intensity workout.

Swiss ball- Swiss ball, also known as physio ball or exercise ball, comes in different dimensions to suit your own height. With this you can target not only your core abdominal muscles, but also can very effectively strengthen your back, leg muscles like hamstrings etc. Not only this, you can also do your cardio workout on this.

Thera Band– this is one tiny piece of equipment that can be carried even in your handbag. You can work on complete body toning & strengthening even while you are traveling. It is a resistance band that offers you similar effects as multiple gyms but surely does not cost you so much. It is a very interesting piece of equipment with which you can even work in the pool to do some aqua exercises. This too is color coded to offer you different levels of resistance.

Pilates Magic Circle– It reminds me of the first piece of workout equipment I had 15 years ago: The Bullworker. The Bullworker, if you remember, was a monstrous self-contained exercise device with a giant spring inside two metal pipes. The Bullworker is no more, but a Magic Circle is better version of Bullworker and is certainly a lighter and a more talented piece of exercise equipment because it’s kinder to use and more compact: You’re either compressing the steel circle or you’re pulling against it. Simple. The key to many of the exercises is to compress the Fitness Circle and HOLD that position and that’s harder done than said! That holding compression is where you really begin to feel the wonderful burn of your muscles responding to your command.

Kickboxing/ Tae Bo– if you are looking for a tough, new aerobic exercise, this might be the right one for you. Created by karate champion Billy Banks, Tae-Bo combines Tae Kwon Do, boxing, and dance set to hip-hop music. A typical class consists of a choreographed series of jabs, punches, kicks, and dance steps.
Tae-Bo is a combined word. Tae means “leg” in Korean and refers to the kicks and lower body workout, while Bo is derived from “boxing” and relates to the punches and jabs in the upper body workout. This sport attracts a fair number of women for its strength building and because it works the glutes, inner thighs and triceps. A Tae-Bo workout is high intensity and includes some high impact moves that may not be appropriate for people with certain conditions such as osteoporosis or arthritis.

Step Aerobics– no matter how many new fitness classes are evolved, one class that has maintained its popularity is step aerobics. Participants continue to enjoy step aerobics & fitness trainers have continued to add variations to it. The group fitness classes offer excellent cardiovascular workout. Besides this versatile piece of equipment also comes handy as a bench for isolation work.

Not all new fitness formats make sense at first. Sometimes it takes diligent practice to get into the flow of the movements. If a flow is never attained, two things must be considered. First, your instructor may not be qualified to teach this type of physical activity. Secondly, the new form of exercise may have some flaws such as poor biomechanics or lack of a logical progression in the way it’s structured or designed to be taught.
In closing, I remind all of you to try something new and exciting that comes your way. I believe that when your mind is bored with your current form of exercise, your body has been bored for some time. Make exercise an experience and not just a ritual.

Written by kiransawhney

June 19, 2008 at 2:58 am

Kickboxing

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Kickboxing has been called the sport of the millennium and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a great workout. It’s a lot of fun and it’s empowering to feel like you can defend yourself. Kickboxing is a lot more interesting than traditional workouts like lifting weights or running on a treadmill. You actually learn and develop a skill while your fitness level improves. It’s rewarding and it’s motivating.
Benefits of the Training
• Improved cardio-vascular fitness
• Excellent self-defense
• Stress reduction
and control
• Improved strength, endurance
and muscle tone
• Greater confidence
• Improved coordination
• Learn self defense
• Get in shape & loose weight
• Reduce body fat
• Reduce stress levels
In Women’s Kickboxing Program you’re not just mindlessly dancing around. The program has music, excitement and energy. It combines aerobics, cardio-vascular & body toning with self-defense tactics that could be used to protect you. Women’s self-defense classes have been experiencing a surge in interest. Self-defense gives you a set of tools that you have on you at all times — no matter where you are or whether you have your purse or your cell phone. Studying self-defense tends to make one feel more confident and safe, and for some, the exercise itself is a way to reduce stress. These classes give women a way to deal with the heightened sense of insecurity that occurs after a disaster, and helps them feel secure in the belief that they could deal with future crises. Learning self-defense can help you tap into new strengths. With the right skills, a woman can overcome someone who is bigger, stronger and faster than her. It is an intense, exhilarating training program for women. Most classes focus on real-life scenarios, such as fending off an overly aggressive date or flogging a purse-snatching mugger.

Until a few years ago, boxing was pretty much a guy thing. Whether this was because women were unable to see the character-building aspects of regular CAT scans is unclear. But considering today’s new, enlightened attitude, it’s not surprising that women are learning how to fight in unprecedented numbers. When it comes to learning fighting techniques, women have the advantage. Men may have more upper-body strength but women tend to pick things up faster because they’re generally more coordinated, they’re more flexible and they don’t rely on brute force the way that some of the men do.
Boxing, karate, kendo, kickboxing, kung fu, tae kwon do, vale tudo, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Savate, Kali etc are many such forms of martial arts.
Known as the king of the ring, Thai Boxing is the national sport of Thailand. Thai Boxing or Muay Thai includes kicking and punching as well as devastating elbow and knee strikes. For this reason, Muay Thai is sometimes called the science of the eight limbs. Muay Thai is one of the best sports for physical conditioning. It is also known for having the strongest kick in the martial arts.
Decades ahead of his time, the late Bruce Lee has probably had more impact on modern martial arts than any individual to date. In his fervent pursuit for the ultimate martial art, Bruce Lee left no stone unturned. Without prejudice he researched and incorporated methods from East and West and searched for anything that could give him an edge over an opponent. He shook up the martial arts community by questioning and rejecting many of the traditions in the martial arts and by creating his own style and system. His martial art and philosophy eventually became known as Jeet Kune Do “the way of the intercepting fist.” Jeet Kune Do utilizes all of the martial arts but is bound by none. Jeet Kune Do transcends all styles and systems because it is all encompassing.
Then there is the newer self-defense methods such as the popular Krav Maga (pronounced “krahv muh-gah”), a fighting system developed by the Israeli military. From the FBI to Jennifer Lopez, everybody is learning this tough form of self-defense. This aggressive training program teaches you to defend against chokes, grabs, guns, knives and more. Based on proven hand-to-hand combat techniques, this self-defense method aims to make practitioners streetwise in the shortest time possible.
It is a regretable fact that many young people no longer engage in regular exercise. It is perhaps no accident that some of the most common ailments of modern life include back pain, hypertension, high stress levels, and insomnia, all conditions that exercise has been proven to alleviate. Training in a traditional Kung Fu school permits people to train their minds and bodies, develop real self-defense skills and preserve some link to martial tradition, folklore and culture. Furthermore, the confidence one gains from knowing real self-defense skill filters through all aspects of that person’s life thereby providing access to a more relaxed and pleasurable lifestyle.

Must-Have Safety Tips

1. Trust your intuition. Go with your gut instinct.

2. Make noise. Don’t be embarrassed to scream and yell.

3. Fight dirty. Don’t hesitate to bite, scratch and hit below the belt.

4. Steer clear of potentially dangerous situations, such as going to isolated settings and walking alone late at night.

5. Keep practicing your self-defense skills with drills and classes; don’t get rusty.

6. Always keep your eyes open. Don’t be oblivious to people and things around you.

7. If you feel uncomfortable about a person or situation, walk away immediately.

8. Leave non-essential credit cards at home and never flash your cash.

9. Be wary of giving money to beggars. Professional criminals watch where you keep your money and then pickpocket you later.

10. Carry a working cell phone with you at all times.

11. Wear clothes and shoes that give you freedom of movement.

Out door exercise tips.

Do not wear expensive jewellery or carry a lot of cash.

If possible, exercise with a partner or a dog.

Try not to wear headphones — they will impair your ability to hear an attacker.

Bring some form of identification with you. If you have no place to carry it, write your name, emergency contact and medical information in your shoe or on an article of clothing.

Exercise in familiar, populated areas and vary your routine.

If asked for directions, be sure to stand a full arm’s length away from the car.

If you think you are being followed, head for the nearest public place.

Always have your door key ready before you reach your door.

Car Tips

Keep your car in good running condition.

Try to park in well-lighted, populated areas.

When approaching your car, look around to confirm that no one is following you and have your key ready.

When you enter your car, immediately lock your doors and turn on your car before putting on your seatbelt.

Never pick up hitchhikers or offer a stranger a ride. This includes nice strangers who seem genuinely in need of help.

Keep all doors locked and windows up when driving at night. Be especially cautious at traffic stops.

This article written by Kiran Sawhney is also at
http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=fa32a4f1-7f52-4fee-99e6-95b2da21d8fc

Written by kiransawhney

June 8, 2008 at 8:18 pm