Martial Arts referee wants to help women with her skills

Last Updated: Friday, August 7, 2009 - 12:39

Bangkok: As Martial Arts struggles to earn
the respect of a sporting discipline in India, country`s first
woman referee in Asian panel Reshma Lalwani wants to utilise
her skills to help girls, who are more and more vulnerable in

"With Indian women becoming more and more vulnerable in
cities, I want to do something to ensure they take up martial
arts. If you know martial arts you can bring down anyone bare
handedly," said Lalwani, who is a martial arts teacher and
Public Relations officer in the Utpal Shanghvi Scool in

Lalwani, who was named in the Limca Book of Records
2007-08 edition, is also a daredevil and showcased her talent
in many TV reality shows in and around the country.

"It feels great to receive the honour. It shows if you
have determination and will-power you can achieve anything in
this world. For achieving something in life one has to have
mental strength and should will have to be strong by heart,"
she said.

"I have participated in the reality show Shaabash India
in Sony TV. In the show 50 motorbikes went over my stomach in
2 minutes and 10 seconds," she added.

Lalwani may not have made mark as a player but she has
not lost hope to realise her dream to earn laurels at
international level, albeit through her two sons.

"I represented India in the 80`s but that time martial
art was not so popular in our country so there was not much
scope in it. But now the sport has become very popular

"My two sons love martial arts very much. My younger son
is 7 years old and elder one is 13 and both of them can
perform with the single samurai sword. I want to see them
compete in the international level and earn laurels for the
nation," she said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, August 7, 2009 - 12:39

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