Around 2,500 girls from across various schools and colleges have been trained in self-defence techniques by Sensei P Vasu, a fifth-degree Black Belt expert in Japanese martial arts. Vasu, a past president of RC Chennai East R A Puram, RID 3232, collaborated with four other Rotary clubs in the district — RCs Chennai Mitra, Gold Coast, Metrozone and Alandur — to identify the students. Inner Wheel Club of Madras Bay City recommended 150 children in the age group 6–14 from 20 charity homes to be trained in self-defence.
“All the sessions were completed in 10 months. We had also organised a special seminar during each session that focused on boosting self-confidence and building courage in the young girls,” said Vasu.