About 800 players from different districts of Jammu and Kashmir participated in the second edition of four-day State Jeet Kune Do championship at S K Indoor Stadium Complex in the summer capital, Srinagar.
The state level tournament, which is a stepping stone for the players to participate in the upcoming National to be held in the valley in the month of September, was concluded on Friday. The event, which was organized J&K State Jeet Kune Do Association and Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Unified Martial Arts (JKAUMA), was supported by AS cements and constructions, TCI cement, Space Communications, Urban House (Spices), Linz cafe, Car Bazar, Chinar Agro and OMG Juices.
Several top players, who have represented J&K and India at various national and international events, dazzled the audience with their entertaining demonstrations. Bilal Ahmad, showcased self-defence techniques and body flexibility while Suriya Khalil and Rifat gave demonstration on the occasion.
Kashmiri traditional and Tibetan dance performance by Tibetan Public School won lauds by the audience during the ceremony.
‘I would like to congratulate the organizers for such an amazing event. Drug addiction is a problem and we need to address it as soon as possible. Sports can play an important role in fighting drug addiction and at the same time induce discipline in children,” AS Cements Director Sheikh Altaf said.
‘The event was a grand success. With the grace of God, we were able to successfully complete the 2nd State Jeet Kune Do championship despite many hardships. Over 800 participants from different districts, representing various schools, colleges and clubs are participating in this State championship,’ Omar Gassi, the organizing secretary of the event, said.
The schools which participated in the event included Linton Hall, International School, Shah-e-Hamdan School, Tibetan School, New Convent, Model High School, Rainbow International, Candid school, Amira Kadal College, Women’s College, Women’s College, Government School Namchibal, JKAUMA clubs and Shah-e-Hamdan club Sopore.
‘One of the major problems in drug de-addiction is relapse because the victims are unable to locate any constructive platform which can engage them positively. JKAUMA spearheading its missing intends to fill that vacuum by bringing in martial arts which not only focuses on physical development but strengthening the mental facilities of a person,’ he added.