| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 3 Aug 2017 | Asia Samachar |
By Jasrinder Kaur
On a given day, you would probably bump into Dr Roshnee Kaur in the respiratory department Kuala Lumpur General Hospital (GHKL). You may also spot the same 29-year old medical doctor rolling and combating against others in court.
Meet the proponent of the Brazilian Jiu jitsu (BJJ) martial arts competition.
Dr Roshnee won a gold medal in the ‘Copa Da Malasia’ on 29 July 2017 in Petaling Jaya for the weight category of 48-53kg.
“Besides my passion to serve the community, I enjoy my free time training in a martial art called Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at the Monarchy MMA gym, under the tutelage of Prof Bruno Barbosa, a third degree Black Belt from Brazil. I have been training for the past 2 years, up to three times per week,” she tells Asia Samachar.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that teaches a smaller person how to defend himself against a larger adversary by using leverage and proper technique. The Gracie family, the founders of BJJ, modified judo and traditional Japanese jujutsu to create the art. It contains stand-up maneuvers, but it is most famous for its devastating ground-fighting techniques. Gaining superior positioning—so one can apply the style’s numerous chokes, holds, locks and joint manipulations on an opponent—is the key in BJJ.
Born in Muar, Johor, Dr Roshnee said she was introduced to the sport by a friend and immediately took interest in it as it is good for self-defense.
“I am a strong believer of women empowerment. Young girls and women need to make self-protection a great priority because we live in a world filled with violence. Take a self-defense seminar, or at the very least watch some videos online to help you act in different threatening situations,” she said.
When asked how she finds time for her passion, she said: “I believe in prioritising what’s important, whether to spend quality time with family, to study on the latest updates in the medical field or training bjj. On top of that, being discipline with your time helps. Striking a balance is never a destination, it’s always a journey.”
On BJJ, she said it is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit.
Due to the fact that control is generally easier on the ground than in a standing position, much of the BJJ technique is centered around the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless.
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