Indo-Sino joint training starts early morning at Kunming

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Kunming, China, Dec 23: The day starts early at the Kunming Military Academy here, where Indian soldiers are holding training sessions with their Chinese counterparts to achieve the common goal of ''world peace''.

Both the armies, mixed and divided into two companies, were on the grounds early today to train. One company was led by Indian officer Param Harsh, while the other was being trained by his Chinese counterpart. Col J S Budhwar, who is leading the Indian side, said the unarmed combat techniques displayed by the Chinese were good and would help the Indian soldiers in one-on-one fights.

''We have these exercises at home also, but there are certain things which we can learn from them,'' he said, adding that the Indian contingent had already four black belts with it.

Indian soldier Krishan Kumar, who was part of the exercise, said we would urge the authorities back home to include some of these into the training of unarmed fighting methods. The company, headed by Capt Harsh, performed yoga.

Though the ancient practice was new for the Chinese soldiers and most of them were having difficulty performing various 'asanas'(postures), they enjoyed doing the exercises, he explained. ''It seems they are aware what yoga could do to their bodies and mind,'' Capt Harsh said, adding that it was a special feature of the Indian contingent here.

Some of the asanas introduced to the Chinese soldiers included pranayam, alom vilom, vajarasan, chakrasan and padmasan. The Indian contingent also displayed how a building, which has been captured, and people living inside it were taken hostage by terrorists could be rescued.


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