Women Self Defense Workshop, Seminar and Classes

Your Ultimate Weapon – Self Defense

If there would be one word to describe the situation in world today it would definitely be ‘unpredictable.’ We are living in the 21st century, still fighting for equality of genders and freedom to make our own choices. But the most beautiful aspect of this situation is the fact that our struggle comprises of the most extraordinary women and men. Our ability to think differently and to unite for a shared conviction is our strength.

But we still have a long journey to make!

One of the prime hurdles of this resistance is the fact that some people choose to respond to our beliefs through cruelty and aggression. And unfortunately the most common scenario we observe in such conditions is violence against women. According to the latest data by the National Crime Records Bureau, 2015, a decrease of 3.1% in crimes against women has been observed, as compared to the 2014 statistics. This 3.1% is an indicator that we still have lots of work to do, and a myriad of obstacles to overcome. The most recent incident of Bengaluru’s mass molestation during New Year’s Eve was an outrageous example about the intensity of crimes against women in India.

The question is what can be done to ensure the safety women?

Apart from observing strict legal laws and strong surveillance setup by the administration, on an individual level we have to use our bodies as weapons.

That’s Right! Self Defense!
So, why is self defense important?

An education in self defense can introduce you to a variety of situations that can occur and motivating experiences of survivors as well. The most significant reason to study self defense is to achieve a sense of self-confidence and mental stability during uncertain times. We often panic, freeze and stop thinking when we are under a state of being attacked. It is a major rule to remember that defending ourselves does not only require physical strength but also intellectual and tactical skills. If the assailant is brawny, there are number of ways you can tackle him/ her with. It’s always mind over matter.

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If you practice religiously self defense can not only lead to a fitter body but also to the virtue of self discipline. During insecure conditions your training will always be able to provide you with a sense of direction and clarity. It will teach you to be agile and a smart problem solver. It will guide you to trust your instincts and transform you into a viscerally aware person.

The best part about learning self defense is that you can always utilize it if some other person happens to be in danger. The amazing feature of the training is that it does not only make you self reliant but also alters you into a better person.

And to help you get started the Anand Koti Team is conducting Self Defense Workshops to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day by promoting women’s safety. These workshops are a unique amalgamation of martial arts and spirituality. The purpose is to introduce women to techniques and methods that will help them function more positively in their everyday life. The workshops provides insights and trains for better ergonomics resulting in lowering of body pain and better body posture. An amazing platform to learn as well as discuss and share crisis of security.

The Self Defense Workshops are conducted by Mr Anand Koti, a skilled martial artist himself with 19 years of practice. Mr Koti has positively impacted the lives of women and children through his amazing non-profit endeavor The Colorss Foundation.  For the past 11 years he has been imparting knowledge about martial arts, and this year he continues his commendable effort for shaping a better and a secure society.

We welcome organizations who would like to arrange a Self Defense Seminar with our team for working women, as well as individuals who are interested to organize a workshop for women from all walks of life. We aim to create an honest and a fulfilling experience for all our learners, and to deliver our best attempt to educate and empower them.

To discuss the further details get in touch: koti@anandkoti.com 
Website: http://www.anandkoti.com/
Blog: http://www.anandkotiblog.wordpress.com/

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Does Your Work Space Give You A Pain In The Neck?

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Ergonomics is the boss and you should never mess with the boss.

Occupational hazards like Shoulder-neck and back pain are increasing day by day. I had been through this phase for 3/4 years. Just have to make some changes in your life-style.

Most of our social entrepreneurs spend maximum hours on computer, mobile or laptop. Sleeping hours are erratic, eating habits don’t ask me and sleep [what is that]!!! Healthy body, mind and soul are required to give your best to your venture, job or your life.  These are the changes I incorporated in my lifestyle and it has helped me immensely. Not sure, if it would help you. However you can try and somebody who is in real pain – it’s better to consult the doctor.

Create awareness and be mindful about everything around you.

Rest: – Yes, this is the most important aspect to be followed. Give your body rest. For all those who are suffering from shoulder-neck and back pain should immediately try to reduce the usage of your shoulders, fingers and arms.  Your body needs time to recover and heal

Ergonomics: – Follow good and healthy ergonomics to reduce further damage and to help in recovery.  These links will help you understand

  1. How to sit at a Computer
  2. How to improve posture

Healthy Food: – Have a balanced diet

Walk: – Spend some time for your own self, go for a walk and relax your entire body. 30 – 60 minutes’ walk would help you distress and make you feel relaxed

Exercise: – Include stretching exercise in your daily routine. Do not over exert on the first day or first week. Have a disciplined routine. In case of severe pain or problem talk to your doctor before you start

Meditation: – Love yourself. Take out 10/15 minutes of the day to meditate. This is your personal time – no thoughts – no work – no business plan – no negotiation – no pitch practice – absolute scalene do nothing. Turn on soothing music and listen the beats and follow them. Keep practicing this and you would gradually start falling in love. If you can’t sit for 10 minutes – start with 5 minutes. This will help you start your journey in Meditation: Be mindful

Sleep: – Get some good sleep

Keep enjoying yourself and keep inspiring.

Cheers,

Anand

 

 

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

Watch your Breath! Mindful Breathing

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The world is progressing pretty fast and accordingly we have to adjust ourself. Do not delay and reschedule yourself to fit and adjust in this ever-changing and ever-demanding world of materialist things. There has been a shift in health concerns around the world. Yoga – Meditation and Spirituality is gaining interest. More and more people are getting back to the basics of human body and its ergonomics. The fear of death and the failure to withstand the mental pressures has made numerous people go back to their roots. For some have quit.

Breathing is a simple silent unconscious process constantly working 24 x 7. Its the breath that you inhale and exhale which keeps you alive.  Importance of breath has been discussed in detail in our scriptures too. However, all of these are now rare to the general people around. Human mind if not exercised is constantly learning to follow, get carried away, visualize wrong things and to have blind-folded trust. Among the masses – The self-analytical tendency towards any situation is gradually reducing, the patience is reducing and creating unrest within.

Understand with open heart – you have an identity, you are unique, you are loved by your family and friends, you have your own aura and you are precious. With the changing world  you don’t have to get carried away, you don’t have to follow others, you don’t have to be in the CROWD and flow with them.

With the demanding time change for GOOD, adapt for GOOD, reschedule for GOOD and above all eat GOOD.  Basically we need to be MIND-FULL.

Strongly Stay connected  with your ‘self’! The only reality is YOU YOU and YOU.

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I am fascinated with the amazing power of breathing. Until and unless you learn the method, trick and techqniue towards mindful breathing you can’t enjoy the peaceful moments of meditation. Do you know there are different styles of breathing techniques? Sharing with you a very simple and effective method for mindful breathing

After you wake up in the morning and get fresh. This is the first thing that you need to do:

  • Take out 5 minutes everyday, its preferred if you can maintain the same time and place
  • Sit straight with your legs folded. Keep your chest out and shoulders back. If possible sit in Padmasana [The Padmasana or Lotus Position is a cross-legged sitting asana originating in meditative practices of ancient India, in which the feet are placed on the opposing thighs-source wikipedia]
  • Remember to keep your back erect and neck held straight up
  • Close your eyes
  • Bring both your palms together in Namaskar position and keep it at your solar plexis
  • Be mindful and watchful towards your body
  • Observe your breath mindfully. Keep a watchful attention on every breath that is inhaled-exhaled. You are required to breathe normal. No short no long
  • Mindfully inhale, slowly breathe in. Do not rush or push yourself. Be as gentle as possible. Watch your breath when you inhale this will eliminate the on-going thoughts inside your mind. Focus on your breath
  • Mindfully exhale, slowly breathe out. Do not rush or push yourself. Be as gentle as possible. Watch your breath when you exhale this will eliminate the on-going thoughts inside your mind. Focus on your breath
  • Do this mindfully for 5 minutes
  • After 5 minutes gradually open your eyes and be thankful to the cosmic energies

You are now ready to start your day. Yes, you can do this twice a day. The same breathing technique can be done in the night before you go to sleep.

Being watchful towards your own breath is very simple. Its an effective method to relax your body and mind. If practiced daily you would see a positive impact in your life.

I would love to hear you and your experiences.

For Love,

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