Spark and spunk

EKJOT KAUR, 20, Mar­tial arts ex­pert

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNJABI COVER STORY -

With 11 gold, two sil­ver and two bronze medals at both state and national lev­els to her credit, Ekjot Kaur has made a name for her­self in the male do­main of mar­tial arts. Ad­judged a Black Belt by the World Taek­wondo Fed­er­a­tion, Korea in 2010, Kaur has 16 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in mar­tial arts un­der her belt. She holds a diploma in Sports Sci­ence and a Ma­jor in Taek­wondo from Taekye­ung Univer­sity, South Korea. At present, she is an in­struc­tor with Ex­treme Mar­tial Arts, an or­gan­i­sa­tion com­mit­ted to the de­vel­op­ment of a mar­tial art cul­ture in the Tric­ity area. “In­di­ans lead un­healthy and un­fit lives com­pared to Kore­ans, who are into mar­tial arts,” says Kaur who’s been prac­tic­ing mar­tial arts since she was four years old.

NEW DI­REC­TION She also aims to cre­ate aware­ness about im­por­tance of self de­fense and other forms of mar­tial arts. Her plans in­clude rein­tro­duc­ing skip­ping tech­niques that were once prac­tised in In­dia, start Ky­orogi (in­ter­na­tional fight­ing tech­niques as fol­lowed at the Olympic Games) classes and in­tro­duc­ing Taek­wondo Jejo—taek­wondo dance with mu­sic.

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“I want to in­tro­duce Taek­wondo to In­di­ans, es­pe­cially girls as in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence against them are on a rise”

Pho­tographs by ANIL DAYAL

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