Giving impetus to the fact that girls are second to none and can achieve glorious feats of success on the back of strong grit and sheer determination, 13-year old Khushi Ankur Punj, a resident of Mumbai, has attained the rare distinction of becoming the youngest 3rd degree karate black belt holder in the world. She achieved the record at a camp held at Kolad, Maharashtra recently. A student of Holy Cross Convent, Thane, Khushi was felicitated on February 23 by noted actor Anuj Sharma who has essayed key roles in Crime Patrol (India’s longest running reality crime television series), Savdhan India and movie Padmawat.
“Self-defence techniques should form an indispensable part of modern-day school curriculums. Not only does it instil discipline & confidence and enhance self-esteem in students but is key to self-protection for girls in emergency situations. Parents should urge their daughters to emulate the example of Khushi who has made us extremely proud,” stated Ms Jennifer Ferrao, Principal, Holy Cross Convent School.
“Khushi’s resounding success at a young age is the result of hard work, passion and perseverance. She has been a diligent child right from the start and has been regular in her practice sessions. Given the way the world is changing there is a growing need for increased focus on self defence and fitness. Self-defence should be taught to girls from a young age for their safety and protection, and it will surely help them evolve into more stronger personalities. Moreover regular practice helps build determination, confidence, maintain physical and mental balance. It also helps overcome the high stress children face in their studies, gives strength and focus for an independent life, contributing to make our society better. Our vision is to make efforts and focus them in bringing more proud moments for our country.,” stated Ankur Punj, Khushi’s father.
“Khushi is a bright example of girls beating the odds and emerging triumphant in a society
with a conventionally male-dominated mindset. She is proof of the fact that discipline, hard-
work and a professional approach to one’s chosen field of endeavor is key to scaling greater
heights of success. We wish that she will bring greater pride for the country by participating
in international karate competitions and playing a key role in putting India on the global
martial arts map,” stated Sensei Sandeep Surve who has been training Khushi along with
Sensei Deepali Surve.