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Kuwaiti girls use aggressive arts to adverse bullies and abandon
Date created : 10/01/2019 – 04:02
Asma Hasnawi (L) and her babe Riham absorb added than 12 hours a anniversary acquirements kajukenbo, a alloyed aggressive art Asma Hasnawi (L) and her babe Riham absorb added than 12 hours a anniversary acquirements kajukenbo, a alloyed aggressive art AFP ADVERTISING
Kuwait City (AFP)
Asma Hasnawi and her babe Riham absorb added than 12 hours a anniversary acquirements kajukenbo, a alloyed aggressive art the mother says boosts her child’s aplomb and thwarts bullying.
In a baby anteroom in Kuwait City, women and girls in atramentous uniforms accumulate to apprentice the basics of self-defence.
On their larboard sleeves are the flags of Kuwait and the US accompaniment of Hawaii, area the amalgam aggressive art of kajukenbo was developed in the 1940s.
The sport’s name was acquired from the assorted forms of aggressive arts it includes: karate (KA), judo and jujitsu (JU), kenpo (KEN) and battle (BO).
Each anatomy teaches techniques that can be acclimated to bulwark off an attack, says Hasnawi, 33, who stands in chic alongside her 12-year-old babe and added girls
“I initially capital to analyze this sport, but I connected to practise it to be able to avert myself,” she tells AFP.
Hasnawi still remembers actuality abashed as a adolescent — article her babe has struggled with at academy too.
But she says Riham has “changed a lot” aback they started practising kajukenbo, accepting backbone and backbone through the sport.
“She has transformed. At school, she acclimated to get absolutely affronted and bound agitated if addition would say article to her,” Hasnawi says.
“Now, it’s article accustomed that she can (healthily) accord with.”
There is no contempo abstracts in Kuwait on cases of abandon adjoin women, who adore added freedoms than those in neighbouring countries.
A 2010 abstraction begin that a woman is assaulted a day in Kuwait, according to Ghada al-Ghanem, of the Women’s Cultural and Amusing Society (WCSS).
The WCSS, whose ambition is to advice and animate women’s accord in the Kuwaiti community, has dealt with a cardinal of advance cases and Ghanem believes the absolute amount may be higher.
– ‘Strength and honour’ –
Hung on the red and atramentous walls of the Artery Warrior Academy is a affiche of two men practising the sport.
“Kajukenbo teaches your adolescent the methods and arts of self-defence,” it reads, complimenting the mottos of “strength and honour” and “street warrior” on the backs of the girls’ uniforms.
The acceptance carefully watch their instructor, Faisal al-Gharib, as he explains how to adverse an advance with the advice of his son.
The girls again brace up to booty what they accept learnt and put it into practise.
In addition instance, the instructor’s son mimics an advance with a board knife on one of the added accomplished pupils, who wears a atramentous belt.
Already accustomed with the exercise, the apprentice explains: “I pretend that I accept surrendered… and again I grab his duke on my neck, advance it bottomward and move it away.”
More than 120 girls and women amid the ages of four and 50 participate in the academy’s altered kajukenbo classes, which are captivated in a allowance with training weapons lining its walls.
Some 40 men and boys additionally currently booty allotment in kajukenbo classes at the club on altered canicule from the women.
For Um Saleh, the action has helped her accompanying 13-year-old daughters become added absolute and decisive.
“It gave them article to focus on added than amusing media,” she says.
– ‘Boosting self-confidence’ –
Gharib, the instructor, accustomed the academy in 2014 afterwards acquirements kajukenbo in the United States. He says he capital to advise the action to women aback home as a way to break fit and to avert themselves adjoin any attack.
As allotment of the training, he presents his acceptance with altered scenarios, including assaults and knife attacks.
“We focus on self-defence abilities and abode the girls in altitude agnate to those on the artery so we can body their aplomb and advise them absolutely back and area to apprehend the hit,” Gharib says.
The academy, which has a austere acquaintance policy, has become a safe anchorage for abounding girls and women that accept been victims of advance or bullying.
It is one of dozens of agnate clubs and academies that accept opened in Kuwait as kajukenbo assets popularity. Although in the blow of the Gulf, the action charcoal almost unknown.
“Being a (victim) of assault, whether in academy or on the street, is what pushed some of these girls and women to accompany the sport,” says Fai al-Fahed, one of the instructors.
“Ultimately, girls are all-embracing this affectionate of aggressive art and we see it advocacy their self-confidence.”
Khalida Bashir says she was fatigued to kajukenbo afterwards watching clips of the action online.
“I acclimated to be abashed of everything, but this action afflicted me,” she tells AFP.
“I accept become added assured and added patient. Some say this is a man’s sport, but that is, in fact, not true.”
? 2019 AFP