Legendary Grandmaster Shifuji from the Elite Special Forces is enabling women to live fearlessly
At a time when concern for women security has risen to an unprecedented scale due to frequent assaults on them, a man from Mumbai is busy helping thousands of young girls by teaching them survival tactics and protection skills and self-defence.
Having learnt Akhara Kushtee, Kallaripayattu Indian Martial Arts, Shaolin Kung-fu at the 5th century Shaolin Temple in China and 69 other deadliest killing skills, along with oldest fighting systems in existence, Grandmaster Shifuji feels intrigued about women’s vulnerability in India.
He believes that the present time requires women being self-reliant in protecting themselves in everyday life and being able to dodge any attack being perpetrated on them. About his odyssey of martial art, Shifuji gives credit to his parents who encouraged him to get trained and be the strongest to fulfil his dream of helping the helpless.
Having practised almost every fighting forms of the world, Shifuji, who is in his early 40’s, feels that nothing works during street fights since such fights require distinct survival tactics.
For such peculiar and sudden situations, I have developed my own tactics for the women. I also developed my own martial arts known as Shifuji’s Fusion Martial Arts & Street Kung-fu. I regard martial art forms of Gurukul Hath Yog, Kallaripayattu and Akharaa as my religion, not just as art forms – Shifuji
Shifuji feels there is a strong need for private companies to ensure their staffs feel confident enough while stepping out of their homes or offices. According to him, private companies should ensure survival tactics, self-defence training for women. Because there is nothing wrong in letting everyone know the art of self protection. Self defence training is completely a different science altogether. It is all about knowing ones own strengths and weaknesses.
With a focus to aware people and inspire them to train themselves for self protection, his innovative self-defense tactics include special ways of using available accessories like bangles, ATM or Id cards, cellphone, key ring, dupatta, nails, notebook, pen and even hair clip.
Grandmaster Shifuji’s dream is to prepare a good and safe environment for Indian women and help the youth in leading a disciplined and focused life. He also advocates at least one year military training being made a part of the basic curriculum of Indian education system.
About the scope of martial art in India, Shifuji says – ‘I personally think any martial art is like a prayer and a lifestyle with a sense of no return. It should always be taken as a discipline of life than a career. If you take it as a sport it may help you to convert it in to a business. But I feel that your aim should be clear. I can’t say anything about how to be successful in it, because I have never viewed it a business and just a source of making moollah out of it. But I know how to earn blessings from the helpless and needy. I sold my house and cars for Mission Prahar. It means everything to me.’
Shifuji believes that martial art training is not so important but what important is specific survival and protection skills training, which is based on the body science and physiological warfare system. When asked if he feels the willingness to propagate the art of self-defense in colleges, schools and local societies are missing on government’s part, he said – ‘I don’t speak anything about anyone else. But yes I know what I am doing and that it works for people in daily life. I don’t talk about problems because I am working to offer solutions. Blaming the government isn’t my motto. I wish to do my bit for the society.’
With an aim to train about one crore women through Mission Prahar project, Grandmaster Shifuji has been successful in imparting training to about 33 lakh women in survival tactics in schools, colleges, institutes and different organizations across India.
Having been chief Commandos Mentor of the Elite Special Forces, Special Commando trainer of the Hawk Commandos and Counter Terrorist Group, he has been also a special skill trainer for Indian Revenue Service and Indian Foreign Service officers. An action mentor of few top action movies and stars, he takes pride in his own Shatru Vinashak killing skills, special customized close quarter battle mechanism and single second knock out system for commandos.
Shifuji, today the Brand Ambassador of Madhya Pradesh, wants people to realize the need for self-training before expecting others to help them in trying times.
I wish young brothers and sisters to introspect what they have done to protect even themselves. If they haven’t, there is no point blaming others. Everyone should train to be fit and be able to protect themselves – Shifuji.
(Source of Information : Prachi)