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  • I am Sandhya Shetty,

  • I am a fashion model, a TV presenter, an actor,

  • and I'm also a karate champion from India.

  • (COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2015 GOLD MEDALLIST)

  • (SAKF GAMES 2017 BRONZE MEDALLIST)

  • (MISS INDIA 2000 FINALIST)

  • I call upon the youth of the world in Tokyo, Japan,

  • to celebrate the games of the 32nd Olympiad.

  • Finally, Karate is coming to Tokyo Olympics 2020.

  • You know, for me, an Olympics 2020 is like a dream.

  • (SHAKTI - INDIA'S SUPER WOMAN)

  • I'm born and brought up in Mumbai.

  • I always was a little tomboy.

  • A major part of my life has been when I was in

  • NCC Army Wing because my first career choice was

  • to be in the army.

  • But while I was in college my friends just forced me

  • into just sending across my Miss India form

  • and as a surprise package,

  • I was a finalist, and from there on

  • the offers just kept pouring in, and I was a model!

  • (KARATE CENTRE)

  • My love for sport had kind of taken a back seat.

  • I told my friend, I said,

  • "Why don't I just come and see your session one day?"

  • Because they were doing karate.

  • And I went there

  • and my sir is, like,

  • hitting them really hard on their stomach,

  • on their legs.

  • It's called conditioning.

  • And I just knew it that day,

  • that I want to be as powerful as these boys

  • and I wanted to join karate.

  • I thought after looking at this, she may say,

  • "Why am I getting into all this beating stuff?

  • "I'll be not able to walk on the ramp and do anything.

  • "My nose and face is broken."

  • I thought that she may not come, but she joined.

  • When I started karate, for me, it was a big challenge

  • between my glamour world and karate as a sport,

  • because it's such a contrasting career.

  • Every single time I go to a fashion show,

  • and I come back and I realise, "Oh, my God!"

  • It is a shift mentally, it is a shift physically.

  • Karate had made her fitter,

  • agility, focus, the discipline.

  • I've seen so many girls and boys getting nervous,

  • seeing so many people.

  • For her it was a benefit.

  • Being a model,

  • she performs more when there are more people.

  • My mum and dad are from Karnataka, Mangalore.

  • We are a community called the Bunt community.

  • (SANDHYA'S PARENTS' HOME)

  • I speak a language called Tulu. (BUNTS: A HINDU, PATRIARCHAL,

  • CONSERVATIVE COMMUNITY FROM COASTAL SOUTH WEST INDIA)

  • It has no script, so it's just a spoken language.

  • (TULU - SPOKEN BY 2 MILLION PEOPLE IN INDIA)

  • My father is a businessman and my mum is a housewife.

  • All the success I have achieved in karate

  • is because of my parents' belief in me.

  • Because they are so simple,

  • there's hardly any parent who have given

  • so much trust and affection.

  • She hasn't left out any game. She's played kabaddi as well.

  • And she stood first in that too.

  • I told her, "OK, play whatever you like."

  • And, moreover, it's for India.

  • If you earn name and fame for the country, it's good.

  • Our children should move forward.

  • In my house, we were four - my two brothers, my sister and me.

  • I'm the youngest.

  • In South Indian families you always notice that men

  • somehow are given that priority and they always

  • are people who are doing the outside work.

  • (SANDHYA'S NIECE AND NEPHEWS)

  • And as a kid I always told my mum

  • that I would rather be out like a man.

  • What are you hiding behind? What's that?

  • We have a surprise for you.

  • - Surprise? - Yes.

  • Wow, this is so cool!

  • "Karate Girl Miss Sandhya Shetty."

  • Sandhya Shetty is a perfect role model for

  • all the women in India. (KARATE REFEREE)

  • Looking to the situation in our country, the way

  • the girls are being harassed, molested,

  • each and every girl should learn martial arts.

  • (SELF-DEFENCE WORKSHOP AT MUNICIPAL SCHOOL.)

  • We will come together as friends,

  • and do this session today.

  • As a child, every girl at some point has gone through,

  • some kind of molestation.

  • It's amazing that how big that ratio is, and how much

  • we're not aware of that.

  • (ONE IN EVERY TWO CHILDREN IN INDIA BETWEEN THE AGE OF

  • 12-18 IS A VICTIM OF SEXUAL ABUSE,

  • ACCORDING TO WORLD VISION INDIA)

  • And I have also been a victim of that, and today I...

  • ..I love to talk about it because, you know,

  • for the longest time we all keep it within us.

  • And self-defence is something that

  • our girls need to learn, not only to feel safe for

  • oneself, but also for the family.

  • And, when you feel physically strong,

  • I have felt it,

  • after doing karate I've learnt to say, "No."

  • "Kara" - empty hand. Karate means "empty hand."

  • If she has to score,

  • she has to go with the same intensity,

  • the way she's going to punch anybody on the road.

  • But, the only thing is, she has to control.

  • Only skin touch.

  • I'm going to basically show you my favourite moves.

  • We start with a punch and you go on the stomach or the chest.

  • On the other side, now I'll do a face punch.

  • For the kick, it's a mawashi geri,

  • and uda mawashi geri.

  • Once we had gone for one tournament.

  • There were no girls in her category to participate.

  • I just asked her,

  • "Are you willing to fight with the guys?"

  • So, she willingly said, "Yes, fine."

  • So I said, "Fine, at least she'll get one or two rounds

  • "to practise."

  • There were about 35 to 40 people

  • in that category that day.

  • The starting turning point that I concentrated on her

  • was she won the tournament in the guys' category.

  • In 2007, for the first time,

  • my karate sir told me to compete,

  • and I was like, "Oh, my God!"

  • I thought that he's really lost it because...

  • But, on his insistence, I just went there and I was, like,

  • a double gold medallist.

  • (MAHARASHTRA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 - GOLD MEDALLIST)

  • And, post that,

  • I haven't stopped my journey for a single year.

  • (SAKF GAMES 2017 - BRONZE MEDALLIST)

  • (NATIONAL KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP, GOA, 2017 - GOLD MEDALLIST)

  • (COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2015 - FINAL MATCH)

  • This is one of the most crucial fights.

  • I was fighting a New Zealander.

  • And, you can see, very, very, attacking mode, both of us.

  • Oh, that was a very tough tournament for her

  • because she got Australia,

  • she got New Zealand, she got Sri Lanka.

  • All these were the top girls to go through.

  • And she did it. That was really...

  • I'm getting gooseflesh now.

  • There's so much pressure for the country to win a medal,

  • and we both are not ready to let go.

  • There you go - one punch straight on the face,

  • this is the scoring point.

  • Commonwealth gold medal for India 2015.

  • I've been through a lot to be here.

  • Of course, I have a lot of pressure from my parents,

  • my family.

  • You know, they all keep saying,

  • "So, Sandhya, when are you getting married?"

  • And I always tell my parents that, you know,

  • your daughter has achieved much more.

  • In our society,

  • if somebody like me who's made to feel little

  • just because I'm not married,

  • or just because I don't have kids, I just

  • wonder about all these girls who are not so privileged.

  • (THE AVERAGE AGE OF INDIAN WOMEN FOR MARRIAGE IS 19.2)

  • Our problem in India,

  • is that after 21-22 the girl gets married.

  • After marriage, she's finished.

  • She's not participating any more.

  • (ONLY 25% OF INDIA'S OLYMPIC MEDALS WERE WON BY WOMEN)

  • I feel somewhere,

  • I could have been better

  • If I would have got support off the Government,

  • off the Federation (MEDAL EVENT)

  • and some sponsors in a much more stronger way.

  • Every single year, I would,

  • you know, go for my modelling assignments,

  • my acting assignments, earn X amount of money,

  • and I would divert all the funds into my karate.

  • You won't believe, sometimes in the

  • tournament or in the class,

  • she has fractured her leg or something.

  • And I came to know that next day she has gone for ramp walk!

  • My focus was so much on trying to

  • balance everything, and there were so many times when

  • I wanted to go and attend an international competition

  • but I didn't go because there was no sponsor,

  • there was no government help.

  • In one of the years,

  • when I was selected as a top Asian probable...

  • ..you know, I left entire year.

  • And, taking a break for one year means

  • you are out of your career and people tend to forget you.

  • And, for that one year,

  • I must have attended multiple camps in karate,

  • I have broken twice my nose, hairline fracture,

  • I've broken my left hand,

  • I've broken multiple times my leg.

  • Finally,

  • we're about just one month away

  • to be leaving for the Asian Games.

  • And, we come to know that

  • the whole India team will not be going because of

  • some paperwork goof up and some Federation problem.

  • My heart just sank.

  • I broke down.

  • I don't think I've ever broken down so badly, because...

  • ..I moved out of my house

  • because I went into depression.

  • And I was just staring at my walls.

  • And, trust me, I cried like a baby that day, because...

  • ..I realised I was going down

  • and I took this one step that day to get out.

  • That day, something changed in me.

  • I said, "Every single time

  • "I will fall down, I will get up.

  • Throughout my life, I was dreaming to be an Olympian.

  • But I did not get that opportunity.

  • At least, now my student gets an opportunity,

  • my dream will be fulfilled.

  • Yes, she's got a very bright chance.

  • All the women and all the children

  • in India, will definitely pray for her

  • to win a gold at the Olympics.

  • She has our blessings to win and return.

  • I always feel the participation is great,

  • but the spirit of winning has to be the focus.

  • And I think that makes a winner.

  • (IN RIO 2016,

  • INDIA'S TWO MEDALS WERE WON BY FEMALE ATHLETES.)

  • (SHAKTI - INDIA'S SUPER WOMAN)

I am Sandhya Shetty,

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