Martial Arts referee wants to help women with her skills
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Last Updated: Friday, August 07, 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 cities.

"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 Mumbai.

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 worldwide.”

"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 07, 2009, 12:39


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