Akshay Kumar is frequently referred to as the Indian Jackie Chan. He has starred in over 100 Indian movies and has made a name for himself as the go-to guy for dangerous stunts in numerous Bollywood productions.
After obtaining Taekwondo black belt status in India, he travelled to Thailand to study Muay Thai.
Upon his return to Mumbai, India, he began teaching martial arts. One of his students, who just so happened to be a photographer, advised him to give it a shot at modelling.
For only two hours of posing in front of the camera, Kumar got Rs. 5,000, which looked pretty good, considering he previously made Rs. 4,000 a month. After just several months of modelling, he was given the lead role in a major movie.
After 20 years of acting and producing, big-time Indian movie celebrity with nationwide recognition, Kumar Akshay is now making a case for introducing martial arts training and education in schools all across India.
In Kumar’s opinion, schools should train kids enough to protect themselves and to deter other forms of danger when India demands it.
Akshay Kumar, who also hosts the Inidan version of Fear Factor which is a stunt based reality show, has announced he would even speak to top ministers and bureaucrats on this topic.
He is taking his own first steps to making his idea a reality: Kumar is using his own money by putting in place an annual karate competition.
I will keep you posted as soon as I learn of any developments in this regard.
All in favor of Akshay Kumar’s push for martial arts training in schools, say ‘aye’.