Srinagar, Oct.19 : Kashmiri girls in the valley are learning Skay, a unique ancient form of archery-cum-martial arts and different way to confront anti-social elements in day-to-day life by self-defence.
The royal guards used to rely upon Skay techniques, a part of martial art, in the past to defend their King.
For imparting training in Skay, the Jammu and Kashmir Government's Department of Youth Services and Sports is conducting regular classes.
Initially, most of the conservative Kashmiri families were reluctant to allow their daughters to attend such manly sporting events. But many of them have showcased interest by allowing their daughters to learn this self-defence art.
More than 50 girls from different schools and colleges are presently participating in these training camps.
"We have come here to perform martial arts. It includes judo, karate, boxing and Skay. I am learning Skay. Previously girls felt shy in participating in such kind of games. If we look at today's generation, girls are ahead of boys in every field including sports and studies. Since childhood I used to participate in athletics and now I have participated in martial arts," said Abida Jaan, one student.
Skay besides being a sort of recreation, is also useful in self-defence and tackle anti-social elements.
"Self-defence is a reason for the girls to follow this sport and therefore more of them are getting attracted towards it," said Nazir Ahmad, the coach.
Many parents have encouraged their girls to participate and learn different types of sports not just for fun but to later on take it up as a career too.
There are ample opportunities in various organisations for sportspersons here under quota system today. By Parvez Butt