Mumbai: Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat, who has hit 40, is using Capoeira, a Brazilian martial arts form, to stay fit.
She tweeted, “Killing it with capoeira fitness, the ankle weights add to the challenge.”
Capoeira focuses on kicks, knee strikes, punches and evading attacks. It is a very fluid and acrobatic martial arts style.
It looks almost like dancing because Brazilian slaves were able to practice this martial arts in front of their colonial masters by saying that they were dancing.
Capoeira students are constantly moving in order to avoid attack or to set themselves up to launch an attack.
Mallika Sherawat reveals how she fought Paris attackers
Sherawat was teargassed and hit by three masked intruders in Paris last year.
The actor who was attacked along with her French boyfriend Cyrille Auxenfans had vowed to not let the incident change her life.
Describing herself as a “strong woman”, she told CNN, “He was hurt a little bit. We both fought them off. I’m not going to let this change my life at all.”
“I fought them off. They are strong men but I didn’t just cower down,” she said.
The crime took place on November 11, 2016 about 4.3km from the luxury private mansion where American reality TV star Kim Kardashian West was robbed of an estimated $10 million worth of jewelry on October 3. Commenting on Kardashian’s incident, the 40-year-old said, “I really feel extremely empathetic towards her, she suffered the same emotional, physical and mental trauma that I have.”
The actor was without a bodyguard at the time of the incident and doesn’t regret that. “Do I get paranoid, do I get security guards around me? Do I want to do that? I want to have a normal life,” she said.
Perhaps that is why Sherawat has taken up Capoeira; to be more prepared if something like that happens again.