Spark and spunk
EKJOT KAUR, 20, Martial arts expert
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.
“I want to introduce Taekwondo to Indians, especially girls as incidents of violence against them are on a rise”