With increasing incidents of violence against women, ANK in 2012, felt that introducing self-defense techniques such as Karate classes for adolescent girls would instill, besides discipline, self-confidence in knowing that they could protect themselves if attacked.
Accordingly, a new initiative, the Karate program was introduced to help give rural girls the confidence to fight back in situations like sexual assault or rape.
Initially there was a bit of resistance from parents who were not willing to send the girls to learn Karate. However, when several of the girls won silver and gold medals at not only district and national meets, but also international ones, more parents agreed to enroll their daughters in the class.
Needless to say, the success of these village girls is an amazing feat for girls who tend to be shy and lack self-confidence.