Srinagar: A four-day Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Unified Martial Arts (JKAUMA) winter camp commenced on Wednesday in world famous health resort of Pahalgam to promote healthy living through martial arts and raise awareness about ill effects of drug addiction.
JKAUMA, under its flagship programme ‘Drugs out, Sports in’, has been organising seminars in different schools and colleges from last about one year across Kashmir valley to raise awareness about drug addiction and its ill effects.
During the camp — which is sponsored by Tourism Department, AS cements, Drug Plus and Star Homes — about 160 players from central, north and south Kashmir are participating.
JKAUMA is also hosting second winter Tong IL Moo Do seminar that is being held in the run up to the national championship later this year.
The players were flagged off by senior journalist Sanam Tasaduq at around 1200 hrs from Gindun Stadium in Raj Bagh, Srinagar. “I’m really happy that such events are being organised by our youth. It is a good measure and the ‘Drugs out, Sports In’ initiative launched by JKAUMA is the way forward to fight the addiction of drugs,” Mr Tasaduq said after flagging of the players for the camp.
“The idea behind organising winter and summer camps is to give an opportunity to young players to experience the joy of camping, which has been lost due to the current situation. The camp given an opportunity to our players to interact with youth from different parts of J&K,” Adnan Ayoub, one of the organizers of the event said.
Mr Adnan said during the camp, the association not only imparts martial arts training to the participants, but also hold seminars and interactive sessions to raise awareness about ill effects of drug addiction. “Promoting healthy living through martial arts and raising awareness about ill effects of drugs and its impact on the families of the victims is the prime focus during the camp,” he added.
He said that this camp is special as a Tong IL Moo Do seminar is also being held during which senior players will be trained so that they can qualify examination and perform duty of referees in the upcoming national event.