There is no place other than road to run!

runners-751853_1280.jpgFeel happy to see the steady rise of health conscious people.  They are into many things, which keep them healthy. Fitness is moving to a different level.  I see them walking, jogging, cycling, gyming, cross-fit, yoga, strength training, endurance and so many more. This really makes me feel happy, as personally am a self-defence trainer and a health conscious individual.

What I had been noticing and observing is that most of the joggers are jogging on the road with the on-going vehicular traffic! My concern is specifically for the early morning joggers and cyclist who are out on fitness journey before sun-rise, in near pitch-darkness. They are rarely visible jogging on the road. During monsoon season it’s a challenge, the drivers need to be more vigilant to identify the presence of humans on road specifically at early hours.

Okay, there is no place other than road to run! I can understand, there is no harm to be on the road. However, how safe is it!

I have closely observed joggers running opposite traffic direction so that the driver can see their little hands moving here and there – asking them move aside and not to run-over them. At the same time, they are cautious, alert and in a position to run off the road if the driver miss seeing you. The anxiety, stress and extra alertness are clearly seen on the face of the joggers.

My question would be to the health conscious people – joggers – walkers and cyclist. Does this stress help you when you are out there to stay healthy?

The simple solution would be to educate and use common sense. Rather than keeping your mind alert. Get reflectors, glow in darkness, choose your freedom, and enjoy your workouts.

It would really make things easier for the joggers and as well for the drivers if certain precautions are taken care. The joggers and cyclists should wear radium/ light reflecting clothes which can discover your presence on road at such an hour, when no one else is on the road.

Your workout gear needs to be bright, fluorescent and must reflect! Don’t go for black, grey or brown attire which would absorb light and make you feel sexy.

The gym owners, marathon runners, health conscious people should encourage them about safety and how to be visibly visible when on road. You are a health conscious individual sweating out to be healthy. Enjoy it and be mindful about being safe. Train hard and be smart.

Cheers

‘Self’ + Defense – The need of the hour!

The Anand Koti team has been conducting self-defense workshops for several years now, and we too have discovered a lot of things from our learners and their personal experiences. This is why we believe and have incorporated meditation, breathing and ergonomics along with self defense to help of our individual body; lets not forget  all of these requires the power of our mind. If we don’t think precisely under unexpected circumstances then we cannot guide our body in an accurate manner to strike back.

So every time when we organize a self defense workshop we make sure that we interact with all the participants on a personal level. This is because we want to get rid of any sort of psychological inhibitions they might have, which will automatically help them become comfortable and confident. We urge all our participants to ask questions and share stories so that we can grow together as a gender friendly community as well as improve our combating techniques and methods.

Recently we received an opportunity to conduct a self-defense workshop for working women. This led us to explore some beautiful insights. One of the greatest take away from the feedback session was that many learners were overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge that could be learnt under just an hour. They were thrilled by how the issue of women safety can be tackled with a number of practical and effective skills.

During the response session we also found an interesting piece of information about how women carry pepper sprays and Swiss knives to deal with such unprecedented situations. And there is nothing wrong with that, but as much as we need weapons to protect us, we need to be aware of the fact that our bodies are weapons too. All one needs to do is to learn certain fundamental skills that can help anyone during troubled times.

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With persistent dialogue with all our clients and friends, we strive to make a better future. If you want to connect with us to gain additional information about self-defense workshops, please mail us at koti@anandkoti.com

~ Tejal Pednekar

Reflections @ INSEAD Business School, Singapore

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. Bruce Lee

Learning is a part of life and you keep learning consciously or unconsciously till the last breath of your life. Everyone dreams for the a better life and a better world. Some dream the dream and some take the first step to make it a reality.

As a martial artist, I perceive life with a positive eye. For there is always an opportunity in every given situation to pounce back. When I came to ISEP, I dropped my guard and was ready to unlearn – learn. Being an open minded person it was not difficult to get in this learning mode.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell

Social Entrepreneurship is an emerging area – we got a totally out-of-the box experience. At an individual level learnt many more than I had actually thought of. Needless to say, the way it was designed was very effective. Understanding the heart and heart [oops meant the mind] of the social entrepreneurs; the curriculum in a perfect way, penetrated deep within the mind, yes the mind.

Outstanding Professors – Outstanding curriculum – Outstanding colleagues working on Outstanding solutions

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I would thank all of you who made this a wonderful and interesting learning experience. Each one of you has made an impact on me and its going to be helpful.

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Professor Hans & Professor Jasjit you are best anyone can ask for! You are a complete 200% package.  All the professors who taught us have been able to make a huge impact.  As we began the course, many troubling questions were answered! Many more were answered, which could had been a possible threat in the future. The Professors are like the guiding angel you ask them and they answer within no time. The connection and network built is one of its kind. Clear, neat and transparent.

However, the real gem of this entire programme has been Ms Christabel Kek who tirelessly took care of each and every individual. Special thanks to her skills, passion and energy.

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. John F. Kennedy

Till the last breath keep learning, growing and inspiring others.

For Love,
Anand

LIFE – without a spiritual life?

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Spirituality does’t mean to give up on LIFE, its the energy that helps you grow and teaches you how to LIVE. Many-a-times people get lost in this journey. For me, I was lucky. At every junction of life, someone was always around to guide me 🙂 God has been great.

Folks who know me are aware that I am an Introvert person. Who prefers to talk less and enjoy the nature! Hardworking, creative and full of energy [well only when I am working] at times am moody. However, the point is not about me as an individual or even talking about it. Life has been such a wonderful journey, learning new things, traveling, taking risks and most important; being aware that the real essence of life is ‘Spirituality.’

The positive attitude towards life has always helped me. As a martial artist we have been teaching self-defense to women across different corporate houses. Teaching the housewives and girls in societies and provide online training programme.

In this journey of teaching we too learned many things, we upgraded our curriculum and we made changes as per the need of hour. The objective of our workshops is to address the mind – body and soul. To make it complete, now our workshops are packed with the divine amalgamation of meditation and karate. These workshops are designed as per the need, time, age, body and requirement. These workshops requires time till the individual can feel the difference within. You as a participant need to have patience and trust yourself. Constant remembrance to our mind, body and soul is required to grow. Our projects have shown commendable changes within. Email us if you want to have a workshop.

We do provide these workshops to the disadvantaged communities and personally I feel they should not be neglected. The good news is that we provide it for FREE to them.

Passion never looses its charm.

All these workshops are provided through our non-profit Colorss Foundation. In past our projects has shown positive results. Recently one of our project Mission 1000 is 2016 finalist at Project Inspire the multi-award-winning initiative presents 18-35-year-olds worldwide with an opportunity to win a US$25,000 grant to assist an existing organisation which supports women and girls in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East or Africa. Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World is a joint initiative from the Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard, to help young change-makers create a better world for women and girls in Asia and the Pacific.

Established in 2014, Mission 1000 is a project that empowers women by aiming to teach self-defense skills to 1000 young girls, at no cost to them, every financial year. We are now holding workshops, which are led by the founder Anand Koti. Every workshop is now able to teach 50 young girls. Koti, who has a 2 black dan belt in Karate and a green belt in Kobudo, trains these girls to kick, punch and block assaults from sexual attackers. He also teaches them to meditate and how to develop a calmer and more focused disposition.

You can read more about the project here.

Life is continuous school where you learn – unlearn every single second. Consciously or unconsciously we learn many things. We as humans unconsciously imitate others in certain areas for which the individual strongly feels connected.

Unwanted advises:

  • Positive approach – always have a positive attitude – around the good – the bad
  • Trust yourself – utmost importance: do not get carried away with situations/peer pressure
  • Patience – without this you will never be able to grow and enjoy life
  • Hard Work – do not shy away from hard work. There is no easy way!
  • Faith – it rules
  • Attachment – do not get attached with the outcome of your hard-work
  • Meditation – spend sometime alone and practice meditation
  • Love & Respect – love yourself and respect – treat others as you wish to get treated

Enjoy yourself to the fullest. Live in the real world and don’t miss the opportunity to help others.

For Love,

Anand

Patience Pays : there is no shortcuts

It’s a proud moment to share that our non-profit organisation Colorss Foundation which works for the development and education of women and children is a finalist at Project Inspire. 

Mission 1000 is a project that has got amazing amalgamation of meditation and karate along with life-skills workshop attached to it. It’s focuses upon creating and make the girl child physically and psychologically strong. They undergo vigorous self-defense training to address any unforeseen circumstances. These workshops have got mediation and life-skills workshops which make them calm, composed and help them learn the necessary skills required to handle day-to-day life problems. You can read more about the project : Mission 1000 . Am leading this project and imparting training to disadvantaged girls and women FREE of cost. 

Patience pays: if you are looking for a miracle. Then it’s not going to happen, trust me. 

As a martial artist we need to put in lot of efforts to create awareness within the individual. The core essence of our workshops is to make the individual physically, psychologically and spiritually strong. Our workshops has the amalgamation of karate and mediation. These workshops will help you beat all the stress, keep a check on brain-drain, keep you physically strong and in emergency help you throw a punch. 

Mission 1000 is something similar, however the crux over here is that our project is a finalist from all the participants from Asia and Pacific. It helps us understand how the impact is created and measured. It also gives us the much required reinforcement that our services are workable solutions for betterment.

All the services that we provide under AnandKoti is specifically designed as per your need and requirement. Something which will definitely take you to other level. However you need to have patience! 

Amalgamation of Karate and Mediation is a wonderful way to detox. Let us know your requirements and we would help you out.

For Love,

Anand

Focus: eye 2 eye

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Human mind needs to be trained and if constant remembrance is practiced it would help the individual grow in life.  As a trained martial artist, I had been providing training to everyone who-so-ever came to me asking for the same. Spiritual bent of mind has always helped me. Experience is a good teacher and the process of learning is on-giong till the body is alive.

Our self-defense workshops are constantly being upgraded based on the experiences gathered. We learn more when we share our learnings with other. The speciality of our workshops are that we have an amalgamation of spirituality and martial arts. The participant not only learns self-defense but also gets an opportunity to understand the ‘self’. Something which is being highly ignored.

I had always trusted my instincts & never shied away from hard-work. As a martial artist the essence of this amazing sport helped in establishing the foundation for the non-profit organization Colorss Foundation. Social change projects are very difficult to gain respect and support of any individual. This is an era where everything needs to be instant at a blink.

We have designed curriculum for girls and women from disadvantaged community to make them strong at physiological and as well psychological levels. These curriculum have  martial arts as the main ingredient. The best part is, we provide these workshops FREE of cost.

The question with a doubt always rise up if not shared, its in the thoughts or being discussed at the back. Because all the FREE things are not good! So, what we provide is it worth? Are our workshops really beneficial or are they worth?

Based on the specialized curriculum the two projects that were created for the non-profit.

  1. Project Enhance has been named a “Re-imagine Learning Challenge Pacesetter” by The Lego Foundation in 2014 for its efforts in transforming the way the world learns.  Project Enhance joins a global network of groundbreaking projects that are making this dream a reality. Project Enhance also emerged as one of the semi-finalists. Innovators, educators, academics, and many others from 63 countries submitted more than 630 of the most innovative, impactful and sustainable learning projects to “The Re-imagine Learning Challenge” changemakers.com/play2learn. The LEGO Foundation and Ashoka believe that playful learning can change the world. The 10 best ideas from this group (as evaluated by a panel of expert judges) split USD $200,000 in cash prizes, received technical assistance and in-kind support, and were celebrated at the 2015 IDEA Conference as “Champions of Learning Through Play.” These Champions, alongside education-focused Ashoka Fellows selected with input from the LEGO Foundation drive the Network as a leadership team.Lego_Foundation_Awards.png
  2. Mission 1000 is 2016 semi-finalist at Project Inspire. Project Inspire is a worldwide, social impact competition run by Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard. Read more about Project Inspire and our project Mission 1000. Our project is among 20 top problem solvers. Project Inspire 2016 will take on the theme of ‘Empowering Women Through Safety and Security’. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate how their ideas harness safety and security concepts to empower women throughout Asia and the Pacific. The finalist would be announced in third week of Oct 2016. We still hold chance to improve our stance. The winner gets the grand prize of USD$25,000.

Undoubtedly patience pays and yes it takes time for any social-change project to reap. Similarly all the workshops that we have for corporate women and otherwise to all the other individuals who can afford them need to have patience. These workshops are specially designed for you and yes we give personalized attention to everyone.

Hard work with dedication and devotion does make an impact.

As always for love,

Ananda

 

Self-defence is more than safety from sexual assaults

We are coming with few informative videos which would talk about body posture, ergonomics and self-defense. These are precisely how we conduct all our workshops, be it for the less-privileged or for the corporate and other privileged members of the society. Self-defense needs to be practiced religiously so that the entire body can be moved in the right direction at the right time. Well, the right time – right place concept actually applies everywhere.

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Every individual should learn the tricks and techniques to defend the physical body. Long term benefits of self-defense training is seen and felt at physical and psychological levels. You never know when you would need them consciously, however at the unconscious level its being used every now and then. Human body itself is capable of attacking as well at the same time defending the self and the loved ones. It’s even capable of protecting itself from weapon attack.

Self-defense training enhances your faith within, courage and makes your body, mind and soul strong enough to withstand all the challenges of the upcoming life.

The mere concept of self-defense training should be perceived [more than just protecting from sexual & physical assaults] in with an eye for better physical-psychological health. The cumulative benefits of self-defense training has always been beneficial in the longer duration. 

We have introduced meditation to be a part of all our workshops. The divine amalgamation has enriching dividends.  Join self-defense program for your own personal selfish interest to grow stronger physically and psychologically or sponsor our self-defense workshops for needy community of the society which are conducted through Colorss NGO.

If you wish to be a part of our workshop, you just have to let us know. Don’t forget, we have customized workshops as per the need. Yes, we do not compromise our teaching standards be it paid or free workshop. Imparting self-defense training has been my passion and you all know the power of passion.

I personally take this opportunity to thank everyone who were a part of the promotional photo-video shoot, without whom it would had not been possible. We would like to thank Mr. Kailash Jadhav for letting us have space at his Alivez Gym & Fitness Centre’s [check out the link, if you are in Baroda – you should be a member at the gym] in Baroda. Mr. Chankaya & Mr. Het for shooting the pics and video.  Mr. Manish for the idea and coordinating everything.  Jamila Di for the MUG & Mohammed for your presence. The trainers and Ms Mohini a special note of thanks for making the entire shoot.

Happy Training