For a Country which prides itself being called as ‘Bharat Mata’, India has seen a disturbing trend in the rise of Rape and other heinous acts of assaults being committed against Women. The news of a woman or a minor being raped or assaulted has become a common sight in newspapers these days. The rise in this disturbing trend is backed by the numbers issued by National Crime Records Bureau data. As per the National Crime Records Bureau data, 2015, a total of 34,651 rape cases were reported throughout India in 2015. Out of these, 33,098 were committed by someone known to the victim (95% of the cases). Reference
The lesson that we have learnt from some of the widely covered rape cases has been that after every such incident, a group of politicians simply assure strict actions against the offenders. A certain section of society regularly protests through candle light march. Few social degenerates, even have the audacity to blame women’s clothing and the rise in the use of mobile phones for such events. In spite of all this, very few people from our society have taken efforts to combat against such social evil.
Ask Grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bhardwaj, a Pune based Martial Artist, Freelance Commando Trainer and a Motivational Speaker, this number can be reduced only if Self Defence is made compulsory for all the girls across Schools and Colleges in India. “People blame the Government, Police and Law but how many blame themselves for not making self-protection and self-defence training compulsory in India?”, questions Shifuji.
Shifuji who started his training at a very tender age, eventually went on to master Asthana yoga, Bhartiya Hat yoga and Kalaripayattu Indian martial arts technique. With a background and expertise in various Martials Arts forms, Shifuji has gone on to develop various customized techniques of Self Defense training.
Shifuji had founded Mission Prahar in 1999 with the vision to educate and train women in the areas of street survival tactics, in-house protection skills ,self-discipline, self-awareness and self-defense, thereby, empowering women across our nation. Shifuji flamboyantly quips “Ab bahut jodh liye haath,ab todna sikho”.
The goal of Mission prahar is to build character, courage and to increase the level of confidence in a woman and thereby make her self sufficient in avoiding any assault. Mission Prahar program uses a very reactive based technique which makes a woman defend herself in any situation. Some of the techniques include survival self-defense through accessories like Pen, Hair-Clips, Nail Cutters, ATM and ID cards ,Jooda Stick, Cell Phone, Hand Bags among others.
Till date, Shifuji has trained over 39 Lakh woman across India through Mission Prahar with the youngest participant being only two and a half year old and the oldest participant being 87 years old. He has set a goal to train at least 1 Crore woman across all age groups in India.
A true patriot and a staunch lover of his Motherland, Shifuji envisions a day when India will no longer have another Nirbhaya.Through the efforts of Mission Prahar, this goal may soon become a reality.
For women who regularly feel threatened for their safety and security, Shifuji quotes the following lines:
“Woh Kehte hain bebas, hum kehte hain Ab bas!”
Source- New Article- From London-Times.News
MEET THE REVOLUTIONARY OF THIS ERA
India has been the source of some of the best warriors the world has seen and one such modern-day warrior-trainer is the Legendary Great Grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj. A man of extreme military and lethal martial arts talent and an eminent personality in those circles, Grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj is a force to reckon with. He has achieved many titles to his credit from his relentless service to his nation. A proud Indian to the core, he is a strict and staunch patriot; he has worked as Freelance Commandos Mentor, Commando Trainer, Inventor of MITTI World’s First Swadeshi Customised Close Quarter Battle System, Founder of Mission Prahar, Mission Meri Mitti, Mission Prachand Bharat, Mission Shahadat Samman, Mission Compulsory Military Training & A Bollywood action Guru, GrandMaster, Master Ji. He is respectfully called by his students and peers as Legendary Master Shifuji Sahab or Master Shifuji Maharaj. He sports a 1970s styled moustache, and aviator glasses, and looking every inch a revolutionary, with an aura of pride about him. All these qualities and titles to his credit, he is surprisingly down to earth and humble. A small chitchat with this eminent person is enough to make one realise his high morals, humble & polite demeanour, and love for the nation.
Grandmaster Shifuji is a true patriot and deeply respected by his peers. He has earned the respect of the country with his contributions and hard work aimed at the upliftment of the people. He can be seen sporting a maroon beret and uniform (which he only wore in training areas as his customised dress code, never ever wore it in public) giving him the look of a true mentor. However, unfortunately, this has been used against him by certain groups who wanted to discredit his hard work. Master Shifuji was accused of allegedly misusing the insignia of the Indian Army. Despite his unrelenting service for the betterment of the people, he was interrogated and came out clean from his accusations. His innocence and good intentions were brought to light as he was given a clean chit by the concerned authorities in 2016, as the insignia Masterji sported on his beret was his own trademarked logo and not one of the Indian Army. However, certain groups tried to defame him despite his innocence, dragging these alleged accusations in spite of clear evidence.
It has also emerged that those who lodged complaints against Master Shifuji are involved in suspicious activities and have been restricted officially to enter any armed forces establishment & even denied permission to interact with anyone in armed forces owing to their doubtful activities and potential threat to national security. Despite these controversies surrounding him, Grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj has kept on doing his duty towards his nation.
Grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj works under the freelance job titles including Commandos Mentor, Commando Trainer’, ‘Chief Action Designer’, ‘Action Choreographer’, ‘Motivational Speaker’ CCQB, CCQC Urban Warfare Expert, and lastly, Actor. He has also taken the internet to his advantage to give his teachings more reach. His YouTube channel has more than 1 million subscribers, (https://www.youtube. com/user/missionprahar999/videos) where he mentors and performs aggressive stunts. Master Shifuji has also worked as the action designer and consultant of various films including the latest blockbuster movie Bhaagi 1 & 2. He also played the role of Guruswamy and Colonel Walia in the movie Bhaagi 2. The young actor and protagonist of the movie Tiger Shroff is a student of Master Shifuji in real life.
Shifuji was born in Gurdaspur, Punjab to a Pehalwaan and ustaad of the Kushti Akhara and his mother who provided free education to the poor and needy for almost 45 years. Coming from a military armed forces family, master Shifuji was influenced by the armed forces lifestyle. He received rigorous training in Khusti from a tender age of 2. He also acquired expertise in swimming and various forms of lethal martial arts. Master Shifuji is also accomplished in Kalaripayattu, a lethal form of martial arts from south India. He received training from eminent masters from Ernakulam in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. His high moral values is a reflection of the traditional education he received from the Gurukul system.
Proving himself to be more than a martial arts expert, Shifuji is also well versed in various languages. His linguistic abilities include expertise in Sanskrit, Punjabi, Hindi, Haryanvi, Marathi, Bengali, English, Hebrew, Awadhi, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Tamil, and Russian!
Masterji has established himself a long and successful career in mentoring commandos and elite forces. His deep knowledge of various deadly killing skills, fighting styles, gurukul hath yog, and knowledge of supreme control has made him a sought-out teacher. Almost two generation of Bollywood action industry has benefitted from his knowledge and expertise.
Grandmaster Shifuji & his work for India
Shifuji has selflessly carried out several free of cost youth empowerment programs to empower the women of rural India. After being peeved by the numerous rape cases, Shifuji took it upon himself to bring reality-based anti-rape tactics & extreme street survival protection skills to women. His view on assault against women is different. In fact, he asks “People blame present or past Government, Police and Law but how many blame themselves for not making self-protection and survival tactics training, self-defence training compulsory in India?” Through his ideas, he has trained over 39 lakh women in Mission Prahar, unique anti-rape tactics & anti-in-house assault programme. He founded Mission Prahar nineteen years ago to impart reality-based survival self-defence tactics. It was to educate women on self-protection, self-awareness and therefore self-defence & self-protection methods. These techniques are not only restricted to hand-to-hand protection but are inclusive in the use of accessories such as pens, hair-clips, ATM and ID Cards and basically anything that can be found in their handbags or surroundings.
Grandmaster Shifuji is a freelance Commandos mentor. He is usually called upon to train in his own invented MITTI system which is based on the SRTS, situation reaction tactics customised urban warfare and to teach them different styles of extreme CCQB, CCQC close counter-insurgency & counter-terrorism systems. His regimes are strict and aggressive. He developed ‘MITTI’ मिट्टी the deadliest First Swadeshi Indian Customized Situation Reaction Tactic program to empower specialised units, in customised close quarter combat with SRW, LRW and fighting system that focuses on upper body strengthening & single second knock out system in the extreme conditions, situations, and locations.
Shifuji’s Vision and Mission:
Master Shifuji has a wide range of influences. One of his greatest role models is Indian revolutionary Shaheed Bhagat Singh Ji, sporting a moustache similar in style and often wearing clothing with his face printed on. Their nationalist views and ideas are what Master Shifuji abides by. They also influenced his choice to develop programs for the nation’s youth. Being a freelance mentor & trainer, Shifuji has a goal to unify the nation against threats while being ready to deliver the offensive. Shifuji is a staunch nationalist. His nationalism may be construed as abusive, abrasive and aggressive. But, having had a REVOLUTIONARY, freedom fighters & armed forces upbringing and losing family members due to war may have brought his aggression & pain. Therefore, he has brought on himself to be a freelance mentor & trainer and to develop, incubate and mentor various forces to deter anti-nationalistic attacks. What is to be respected that his services are free of cost to the Indian Armed Forces & he has never ever taken the credit for his selfless services.
Grandmaster Shifuji is currently working on two ‘dream projects’ to empower people of the nation especially the youth. The first is ‘Prachand Bharat’. Through this project, Shifuji wishes to educate all in the same way he was brought up, through core Gurukul education systems, with great moral values & pride, a regime in Vedic military training and disaster management.
Shifuji’s second goal is to empower women through ‘Mission Prahar’ where he aims to train 1 crore women of all ages in anti-rape & anti-in-house assault tactics for self- protection defence. He wishes to aid in the progress of India’s women through ‘self-actualization’ in a vibrant, self-excellent and holistic way with a sense of pride and glory towards the nation and themselves. This he believes, will contribute to the consistent growth of ‘Bharat’, the nation. While this may be his mission, he ultimately wishes that this goal progresses into positive awareness of women and development of core Indian values.
So far, MASTER Shifuji has approximately trained a total of 39,00,000 women across the country since 1999 but he says that he is still miles away from his goal of training one crore women of all ages. Shifuji is part of the more rare class of people attempting to change the outlook of India. In an age where women all over the country are in fear of assault or harassment, his views on positive awareness of women is a testament to his work. In the view of investing women with their own protection and self-help through extreme survival, protection skills of self-defence, Shifuji has welcomed an era of self-confident women. Shifuji has carried out some of the largest training workshops for women. The Mission Prahar team has organized workshops across rural areas in Assam, Bihar, Tripura, Meghalaya, Bhopal, Lucknow, Chitrakoot, Aazamgadh, Pune, Punjab, Indore, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Ajmer, Baanswara, Jaipur, Chennai, Bangalore, Nellore etc. All of these workshops have received a highly positive response and a massive attendance. To reach out to all ages, Shifuji has developed short training courses to accommodate training for young girls and kids. Additionally, Shifuji is aided by women whom he trained personally and who have envisioned a strong and self-dependent woman in their country. Mission Prahar has seen an age range of participants like no other, with the youngest being two and a half and the oldest participant of 87 years. ‘Mission Prahar’ also distinguishes itself in training women irrespective of their caste, creed religion or sect, all of it free of cost and free of judgment.
Master Shifuji has spent years of his life in training to master various extreme warfare & fighting styles and has built his reputation. He is respectfully addressed as GrandMaster Shifuji, rightfully so because he does not keep his experience and teachings to himself. Despite his credentials, he calls himself a simple common Bhartiya and nothing else. His action speaks louder than his voice in showing us how he is a true son of the motherland a great Grandmaster. Shifuji is distinctive in his ability and his mission to aid the women of India in self-esteem, protection & survival and self-confidence.
BHARAT MATA KI JAI