Women empowerment isn't about making women strong, it is about changing the way the world perceives their strength

Inspiring words said by Mr. Nelson Mandela has been proved right by a 16 year old, N. Chaitrashree, a student of Sri Chaitanya PU College, Bangalore in 1st PU. With her undying passion for Karate, she has given her all towards the sport since she was in the 2nd standard

Every single person on the planet can sometimes use encouragement from someone else, whether that form of encouragement comes from competition or a realisation, until they have an experience or a moment in their life that drives that passion out of them. When asked about such an influential event in her life, she said

We used to have Karate classes in school. After few sessions of training my interest towards Karate started to grow and I started to feel passionate about it. I thought that I would go all in for it that's when I joined private classes at Japan Shotokan Karate Association, Bangalore where I started my training

This budding talent is nurtured by Sensei Mahalakshmi and Sensei Jayakumar her coach who keep motivating, supporting, inspiring and never let her give up on herself. They also set up a schedule for her training. Monday to Friday she trains from 5:30 PM till 8:00 PM and Sunday’s 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. This determination and dedication with which she trained was the key factor to her success.
The common question that would pop up in our minds would be “How did she manage her studies when she put in all her dedication into Karate?” when asked she said.

Even though Karate was my passion I never neglected my studies and had a set routine where I used to get up at 5:00 AM everyday, study from 5:00 AM to 6:00 AM and then get ready for college. My college timings were from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM and after college I would freshen up and go for my Karate class, which was from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM. After I got back home from training I would study or complete my homework till 9:30 PM and then call it a day

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen, a quote by Frank Lloyd Wright was rightly justified by her.
Till date she has won, 117 Gold Medals, 23 Silver Medals and 21 Bronze Medals. When asked to name a few that are special, she mentioned

    Some of the tournaments include

  • ● In 2017, I won silver at KAI National Karate Championship.

  • ● In 2018, I was awarded the Nadaprabhu Kempagowda Karnataka state award.

  • ● In 2019, I awarded the Indira Priyadsrshini national award.

  • ● In 2019, I won bronze at 5th International Karate Championship held in Kolkata.

  • ● In 2019, I was placed 4th in SKDUN International Karate Championship in Czech Republic.

  • ● In 2019, I won 1st place in College level Karnataka State selection.

  • ● In 2019, I also received the Chanakya International Award 2019.

  • ● In 2020, I participated in the 5th National Level Karate Championship 2020 I won two 1st place and 2nd place in open championship.

Additionally she mentioned,

I am extremely grateful to Dr. Anand Govindaluri, Founder and CEO of Startup Accelerator India for sponsoring my tournament in Czech Republic and also for making me the Startup Ambassador of SAI for the year 2019-2020 and I hope I would keep making everyone proud.
At the end I would like to add, “There is no limit to what a woman can accomplish. Be it in any stage of life. Be it this young 16 year old making her statement to the world that she is unbreakable and this is her dream, her passion and she will conquer it come what may as SHE BELIEVED SHE COULD SO SHE DID

Rightly said by Serena Willams Overpower. Overtake. Overcome