‘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

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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

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