Mangaluru, July 23, 2017: Mangaluru Mayor Kavitha Sanil, known for her daring acts like impromptu raids on massage parlours, is all set to take part in a national karate championship and she says karate helps her walk that extra mile in her political stint. For the uninitiated, Kavitha is former national karate champion and is making a comeback after nine years.
Kavitha Sanil told Bangalore Mirror, "A national-level karate championship is scheduled in Mangaluru later this year. I have decided to make a comeback after nine years and have already begun practising. I have bagged 58 gold medals, 18 silver medals and was a national champion from 1992-2008. She got married in 2007 and her last championship was in 2008 when she was 2.5 months pregnant."
Kavitha clinched gold, but she could not participate in the international meet in Turkey. Then, she landed in politics.
"Making a comeback is always a challenge. I have to work hard. I am not sure if the energy level and strength will be the same. I am now a mother of two children. As a Mayor, keeping in mind my hectic schedule, I have decided to dedicate two hours for practice every day. I wake up at 4.30 am and practise from 5.00 am to 7.00 am. I am probably the only woman to have a black belt in Indian and Budokan karate forms, "she said.
She is coached by Surendra and Suresh in Indian style and grand master Narasimhan. For Budokan, she is trained by Padmanabh and grand masters Richard and Parameshwar.
"Life has certainly become hectic after becoming Mayor. I end up being in office till about 9.30 pm. I won’t get scared and I feel every woman must learn karate for self-defence at least. In the past as the chairperson of the health committee, I have worked till the day before I delivered my second child," she said.
The mayor also participated in power lifting and had a national record to her credit. She has also participated in weight lifting and performed a stunt where a 350 CC bullet bike ran over her stomach.