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Ekjot Kaur

Black Belt 3rd Dan, World Taekwondo Headquaters, Kukkiwon, Korea

Ekjot Kaur

Black Belt 3rd Dan, World Taekwondo Headquaters, Kukkiwon, Korea

Club Manager , Extreme Martial Arts

The obvious and most important reason for a girl to get involved in the martial arts is the capacity for self-defense that she will develop. In today’s increasingly violent world, crime can strike anywhere. Women are often times the target of sex crimes and, not knowing how to defend themselves, it can scar a young girl for her entire life. Being able to know how to defend herself is an invaluable tool as she grows up, taking her skills with her to college, and it gives not only her but also her parents a feeling that at least their daughter is safe.

The martial arts give girls the means by which to develop high self-esteem and self-confidence. In the martial arts, everyone is valued as an individual for not only their actions but also their personality. As girls grow into their pre-teen and teenage years, there’s a multitude of issues that come with that development.

The martial arts helps girls achieve balance in their lives. Instead of becoming nasty and gossip queens to hide their issues or their frustrations about themselves or others, Extreme Martial Arts offer a safe place to exert frustrations on Kicking pads and gives students a cathartic and physical release of negative emotions. Conversely, such exercise increases endorphins and puts girls in a more positive mood about themselves and others.

The martial arts help girls to focus on what’s important in their lives. While many may become caught up in make-up, fashionable clothes, and false friends that come and go, those in the martial arts tend to be more goal-oriented and self-motivated to achieve in academics and focus in the classroom and on homework. As an instructor myself, I have seen many students with severe cases of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) be trained to focus and achieve well. Since martial arts promotion depends on how well a student works to achieve a certain performance standard on forms, kicks, and sparring, a student must put effort into their training and focus on new techniques being taught in order to be promoted, and encouragement paves the way.

The martial arts ingrains respect for all people into young girls. Just as instructors respect students, senior belts respect junior belts and junior belts respect senior belts and instructors, it is an atmosphere of mutual respect regardless. Girls feel valued for their contributions and in turn value the people around them including peers and parents, setting a positive example and helping them to develop into respectful young women.

The martial arts promote gender equality to a great extent. Both males and females can be martial artists. Girls do the same exercises as male students in the martial arts academy, they fight the same way, and many times girls can see that they do movements as well as the boys, further encouraging self-respect and the very visible understanding that women are not limited due to their gender.

Martial arts support an attitude of perseverance that serves a girl well in daily life. Some kicks and forms may be difficult to learn, but there are always instructors available to help encourage students. When fighting, girls learn that if they get knocked down, they don’t cry and give up, rather, they get up and keep fighting. This attitude manifests itself into everyday decisions and girls in martial arts tend to stay at their tasks until they are completed rather than just simply giving up if the going gets hard.

Lastly, but also very importantly, is the fact that martial arts is a great physical workout for girls. Martial Arts that builds strength, speed, stamina, and endurance in girls, keeping them physically fit and in great shape, a fact which helps establish a positive personal image and further promotes confidence in school and in life in general.

Ekjot Kaur looks like any other girl next doors. However it comes as a surprise when one learns that this unassuming 21-year-old bundle of energy; has to her credit 11 Golds, 2 Silvers and 2 Bronze Medals in both state and national level events of a sport that is considered to be a male bastion – the martial art of ‘Taekwondo’. Ekjot has been adjudged a Black Belt by the World Taekwondo Federation, Korea.

Fresh from her success in a prestigious 2 years course of Taekwondo she attended in Korea, the fit and enthusiastic martial arts wonder, now wants to share her knowledge and knowhow with people of the tri city and fellow Indians. She wants to improve the quality of life being led by Indians; who Ekjot feels are leading an unhealthy lifestyle sans physical fitness. This is the reason why she wants to introduce the world of ‘New KOREAN’ General Fitness, Self Defence and Martial Arts (Taekwondo) Techniques, especially for Girls. Girls in India Ekjot feels should be trained in some form of martial art or the other, as incidents of violence against them are increasing.

This never say die martial arts expert, has learnt the Korean language and can speak, read and understand it. With a Diploma in Sports Science and a Major in Taekwondo from TAEKYEUNG UNIVERSITY, under her belt, she now will start classes in Taekwondo Jejo which is Taekwondo Dance with music. Says Ekjot, “The martial arts component enhances concentration and physical fitness, while the dance components reduces injury risks, and improves children’s posture, flexibility and rhythmic sense.” Ekjot demonstrated her martial arts prowess at a media interaction organized in Chandigarh. She presented ‘Jejo’ and other martial art techniques.

Ekjot has at a very young age accomplished a lot. She has been able to meet world renowned players like Steven Lopez (3 times Olympic Gold Medalist and 5 times World Championship Gold Medalist), apart from attending Taekwondo camps at Palgongsan, Khajedo, Yeogdok, Ulsan, Seouk and Jejudo. She feels that martial arts are looked upon by many as some sort of an aggression and violence, but in reality it is a measure of self defence and a highly effective exercise form. According to Ekjot, “Martial arts teach practitioners self discipline, increases their confidence, concentration AND for kids having problem of obesity there are techniques to make them fit again.” Ekjot has learnt a lot from her Korea experience. She feels that Koreans are quite fit as they always adopt a healthy exercise regimen which by and large includes martial arts.

Ekjot is an Instructor with Extreme Martial Arts an organization committed to development of a martial art culture in the tri city. The organization presently is running classes at The British School, Chandigarh and Mohali. She has big plans for fitness in the tri city through latest techniques learnt in Korea. Ekjot will bring to the tri city, skipping techniques that were in use but that are no longer being practiced in India. These are very popular in Korea. Then there is a plan afoot to start Kyurogi (Sparring) – International fighting Techniques of Olympic style at her classes.

Ekjot says, “Indians need to take a decision and get motivated to learn these martial art techniques which will always be helpful to them, given the fast life style of today which now is also witnessing increasing crime and violence”.

Important turning points in her life

  • Acute Asthma – at the age of 4 years, father took the challenge – within 4 years Asthma was gone through martial arts exercises.
  • Study:
    • From Baptist School, Sector 45, Chandigarh
    • Govt. Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22, Chandigarh
    • Diploma in Sports Science and a Major in Taekwondo from TAEKYEUNG UNIVERSITY, South Korea

Other course done from South Korea

  • Taekwondo Jejo (Taekwondo Dance with Music) – Combines powerful punches and speedy kicks in Martial arts with music rhythm to form a dance. The martial arts component enhances concentration and physical fitness while the dance components reduce injury risks, and improve children’s posture, flexibility and rhythmic sense.
  • Kyurogi (Sparring) – International fighting Techniques of Olympic style.
  • Taekkyon (Korean Traditional Martial Arts) – Taekkyon is a traditional Korean martial art with a dance-like appearance in some aspects. It combines dance with kicks and throws. Taekkyon contains many kinds of techniques, including hand and leg techniques as well as joint locks, and head butts.
  • Poomsae – It is a set of fighting technique, it is acting in relation to your opponent. It’s a way of acting in relation to an opponent, developed through the infinite experience and accumulated wisdom of the ancients. The practitioner of Taekwondo poomsae does not fight along but with the wisdom of his ancestors. To simplify it is attack, defence forms for leaning self control, paitience, to build confidence, and to set goals and focus on them.
  • Khamdo (Sword) Warriors sword fighting techniquies
  • International Refereeing How to conduct Taekwondo competitions with rules and regulations according to World Taekwondo Federation.
  • Shivamdam (Korean Taekwondo Demonstration) Demonstrations often incorporate bricks, tiles, blocks of ice or other materials. Can be separated into three types:-
    Power breaking using straightforward techniques to break as many boards as possible
  • Speed breaking boards are held loosely by one edge, putting special focus on the speed required to perform the break.
  • Special techniques breaking fewer boards but using jumping or flying techniques to attain greater heights, distances, or to clear obstacles.
  • Selected for giving 6 months training at Taekwondo Dojangs (Practice Place) 3 months at Kids Dongcheon Taekwondo Dojang and 3 months at Taekwon In K-Tigers Dojang.
  • Have learned Korean language
  • Witnessed the World Taekwondo Championship held at Gyongju from 29th April to 6th May 2011.
  • Met the world renowned players like Steven Lopez (3 times Olympic Gold Medalist, 5 times World Championship Gold Medalist).
  • Attended Taekwondo camps at Palgongsan, Khajedo, Yeogdok, Ulsan, Seouk, Jejudo places from University side.
  • First girl in Northern India to attend the 2 years advance course at Korea of Taekwondo.

Achievements: (11 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze Medals)

Dance, Teaching (Martial Arts to Kids specially) – Because they love me the most, Helping others.

Achievements: (11 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze Medals)

  1.  Participation 14th Female & 4th Men Black Belt National Taekwondo Championship, 25-27 Oct, 96
  2. Silver Medal Day-Night National Taekwondo Championship, 10-11 Jan, 98
  3.  Bronze Medal 14th Lee Invitational Jeet-Kune-Do Championship, 20-21 June, 98
  4.  Participation 18th Male Colour Belt & 16th Female National Taekwondo Championship, 16-18 Aug, 98
  5. Gold Medal 10th Chandigarh State Taekwondo Championship, 25-26Sep, 99
  6. Bronze Medal 11th Chandigarh State Taekwondo Championship, 25-26Aug, 2001
  7.  Gold Medal 12th Chandigarh State Taekwondo Championship, 11-12th Jan, 2003
  8. Gold Medal 13th Chandigarh State Taekwondo Championship, 2003
  9. Gold Medal 7th Punjab State Taekwondo Championship, 1-2 May, 2004
  10. Gold Medal 14th Chandigarh State Taekwondo Championship, 22-23 May, 2004
  11.  Gold Medal 4th All India Martial Art Championship, 11-12th Aug, 2004
  12.  Silver Medal Annual Inter State & Inter School Actions, Kicks and Forms Competition, 26 Jan, 2005 
  13.  Gold Medal – Annual Inter State & Inter School Actions, Kicks and Forms Competition, 26 Jan, 2006 
  14.  Gold Medal 13th Male & 23rd Female National Taekwondo Championship, 2-4 Aug, 2007 
  15.  Gold Medal 6th National Muye Competition, 2-4 Aug, 2007 
  16.  Gold Medal 16th Male Black Belt, 28th Male Colour Belt, 26th Female Senior, 26th Male/Female Sub-Junior Open National Taekwondo Championships 2008 
  17.  Gold Medal 8th National Muye Competition, 6-8, Oct, 2008 
  18. . Participated JSTARC Open Taekwondo Games, 9-11th Jan 2009 Sparring (Fighting Competition)
  19. Participated JSTARC Open Taekwondo Games, 9-11th Jan 2009 Poomse (Forms Pattern) Workshop 
  20.  Participated JSTARC Open Taekwondo Games, 9-11th Jan 2009 – Kyorugi (Fighting Techniques) Workshop 
  21.  Participated JSTARC Open Taekwondo Games, 9-11th Jan 2009 – As Assistant Coach
  22.  17 years experience in Martial Arts
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