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So this is something I had experienced in class 11. It was a sunny autumn day, and I had just returned from school. I freshened up and ate my lunch in a hurry. Then I drew the curtains, and sat before the computer, all set to watch the movie.

It was Kill Bill Volume 1, a movie by Quentin Tarantino. It was the first Tarantino movie I had watched, followed by Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, and others. From the first second of the opening credits, I got a hunch that this would be a different experience. The hair on my arms slowly began to lift up.

Scene from ‘Kill Bill-Vol 1’

When Beatrix Kiddo, played by Uma Thurman, single-handedly took down two men immediately after waking up from a coma, I felt that chill down my spine. The power and agency given to one supposedly weak woman thrilled me to my bones. Until then I had rarely seen any other media depicting women in such a dangerous and strong light.

The idea of a female assassin who was out to take revenge for her lost baby seared my senses like a sharp needle. Well, there was something so cool about it (not that I thought of becoming an assassin myself). It kind of told me that when you are driven and patient enough, what you seek will inevitably come to you.

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What appealed to me most though was this frightening woman’s fighting skills. I mean, is it really possible to possess that freakish kind of power, I thought to myself. So that is how I began to long for at least a fraction of that amazing physical power and fighting techniques, and got inspired by a movie to join martial arts.

So yeah, in the next couple of months I found myself searching for a karate dojo in my neighborhood. I signed up for the first one I found. My parents were a little doubtful about it, and also attempted to discourage me. Other relatives also scoffed at the idea, some even claiming that I am not capable. But I was determined, with an iron conviction.

I joined a Kyokushin Karate class, and immediately fell in love with the routine of exercises, fighting stances, punches, kicks, and so on. I realized how much physical activity excites me. It brought energy to my sagging school days. It was also the first time that I felt truly confident about myself.

It’s been over 6 years that I have been learning Kyokushin Karate. I can confidently claim that when nobody stood beside me in my quest for physical strength and fighting prowess, the story of Kill Bill was there as a gleaming light of inspiration.

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