At St Maaz High School in Saidabad, teenage women are breaking stereotypes one kick at a time, quite actually! As they spend their mornings practicing martial arts of their school playground, it is their standard uniform that catches the eye. Clad in dull grey and white ‘Salwar-Kameez,’ they spin the sword effects of their modest hijab.
“It was important for us to show to our community and others that women can do something although it calls for them to stay in the back of a veil. It is not vital to wear a separate uniform to carry out Martial Arts as it is for his or her self-defense,” stated Khumza who’s an examination in-charge at St Maaz High School.
For over 3 a long time now, St Maaz has been teaching martial arts to its girls, who’ve, over time, represented their college and Telangana at various State- and countrywide-degree tournaments.
“We have participated at national and worldwide tournaments in which, as a crew, we gained gold medals for boxing majorly. All our achievements prove that ladies are manner higher than boys in sports and, also, we do not want each person to guard us. There were times while dad and mom have been in opposition to us practicing martial arts as we’re women, but, after seeing us win, they’ve emerged as simply as supportive as our faculty. I am satisfied I were given a possibility right here,” says 15-year-vintage Ameena who’s a class X scholar at St Maaz.
But, past achievements, it’s far the self-belief and energy that include training martial arts that is encouraging students increasingly to shed their inhibition and select up weapons.
“We understand how risky it’s miles for women accessible. There is a consistent fear of rape and attacks on every occasion we step outdoors. That’s why it is essential for each faculty to train martial arts to its women. We did not have those classes in my previous school, but, right here, I see quite a few women becoming a member of this faculty to discover ways to defend themselves. I sense extremely assured and effective each time I perform naked-palms combat,” said 14-year-vintage Maimuna.