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After Being Harassed, This Woman Started Free Kung Fu Classes For Girls Every Weekend

"I think the one thing that we need at this point is COURAGE. To stand up, to make some noise, to tell people to shut up."

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This is actress and dancer Ishita Sharma. She is also the founder of AAMAD, a dance, martial arts and yoga institute.

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One night while driving her car, Ishita experienced something that made her feel sick. She wrote in a Facebook post:


"The other day, there were 3 bikes with 2 boys each who were literally peeping into my car and giggling away. I did not like the look on their faces. This was at 10:30 pm, in quite a bustling area, Shastri Nagar, the road with Kokilaben; the roads were not vacant. And yet, the boys kept following me. I slowed down to let them pass, they slowed with me. I stared, they laughed. I moved faster, they moved with me. I stopped, they stopped.
In the next moment, I found myself shouting at them with the window almost rolled down, and in the next second, they were gone."

At this point, Sharma decided it was time to do something.

"When THEY know you have courage, they too are scared. I think the one thing that we need at this point is COURAGE. To stand up, to make some noise, to tell people to shut up." she continued in the post.
Facebook: AAMAD.Kathak

"When THEY know you have courage, they too are scared. I think the one thing that we need at this point is COURAGE. To stand up, to make some noise, to tell people to shut up." she continued in the post.

She was already attending Alex Fernandes' kung fu class and that's when it struck her. She partnered with her coach to provide free classes to underprivileged girls at Versova beach.

Their mission is to "empower lesser-privileged girls with free martial arts training."

They visited municipal schools in the area and tried to inform as many people as possible to attend the first class on January 16. However, on the day of the class, no one showed up.

They tried again for February 6 and this time they were prepared.

"Sir got me in touch with a teacher from Teach For India who used to teach at a school in Amboli. She contacted some parents and a rickshaw full of kids showed up," Ishita told BuzzFeed.
Facebook: AAMAD.Kathak

"Sir got me in touch with a teacher from Teach For India who used to teach at a school in Amboli. She contacted some parents and a rickshaw full of kids showed up," Ishita told BuzzFeed.

Other kids from a nearby slum saw them and were curious. "Fighting seekhega?", volunteers asked them, and suddenly the class was in full swing.

They also appointed captains that change every week. "We got a notebook and appointed a girl as captain and they started taking it seriously."
Via Facebook: AAMAD.Kathak

They also appointed captains that change every week. "We got a notebook and appointed a girl as captain and they started taking it seriously."

The classes are held from 5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday at Versova Beach. Here's how you can help:

You can reach out on their Facebook page here and help decrease crimes against women.