Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who studied martial arts in Thailand, urged the government to make this mandatory in Indian schools too as it is crucial for self defence.
"I urge the government to make it compulsory for boys and girls. I look forward to that day where every student compulsorily learns martial arts in schools for at least three years and martial arts becomes more famous than cricket. It is my dream," Akshay said during a workshop.
In China and Singapore, martial arts training is a must and after the programme, a certificate would be handed over, recalled Akshay, who has appeared in more than 100 films in Bollywood.
In association with Mumbai Police and a team of Russian martial arts experts, NGO Mukti, founded by Smita Thackeray, organised a one-day Tolpar training event at Naigaon police grounds in central Mumbai today. As many as 35 female police constables and Mukti's 12 female marshals, who guard Western Railway locals, underwent the day-long fighting technique using a small knife.
"It's a very big initiative by Mukti foundation. A woman should take care of herself. I think for knife fighting you do not need power but you need to be intelligent to tackle the situation. I am sure this technique will be helpful for those undergoing training," the actor said. He also spent time with the Tolpar experts and practised moves with them, learning the nuances of the art.