This year’s WAKO Indian Open Kick Boxing Championships were being held in the nations Capital at the Talkatora Stadium, between February 9 and February 13. Kimiksha took part in multiple event categories, Point fight, Light Contact and the famed Grand Championship.
The competition was arduous as it brought the best kickboxers within the country and ace athletes from other parts of the world. Competition nerves were high and the temperatures in Delhi were freezing, the weather with temperatures as low as 6-9 degrees Celsius, however being an elite fighter, she was able to calm herself and adapt to the new temperatures, and mentally prepared herself for the fights ahead. The competition was fierce with ace athletes from Ukraine, Jordan, Iran, Nepal, Kazakhstan countries renowned for their fighting prowess. There were also veteran fighters from India who competed alongside Kimiksha.
The young kickboxer had first learned her punch kick combination years ago, and has since evolved into a striking machine, landing combination after combination with laser like focus and a warrior’s spirit. This was in no way a solo effort but one which has been a result of extensive training and support given by her coach, teammates and her family.
It took a young Kimiksha, years of sacrifice, pain, suffering and an ever-growing desire to surpass all odds and overcome ones natural fear of conflict to set foot on the world stage. However like Kimiksha, the elite Kickboxers from other countries too underwent adversity and were more than comfortable being uncomfortable, and posed a significant threat to the young Kickboxer from Powai, however like a professional fight, Kamakshi silently observes their game, looked for pattern, openings and holes in their game, she had her wits with her and formulated a counter strategy to deliver a barrage of bone crushing blows to her opponent, emerging victorious.
When asked about her stellar accomplishment and the message she would like to give young girls fighting an uphill battle Kimiksha said, “My message to society is to encourage all girls, teens, and kids to take up martial arts and combat sports and fearlessly stand up to any wrong happening in the world around them, she went on to say,
“The only way evil can triumph is when good people sit back and do nothing!” She went on to say “I will continue to work towards my goal of self-improvement and self-mastery as I grow up towards, may my tribe increase and grow stronger and I hope to win more such laurels and applauds for my country in the future, and put our suburb on the world map.”