Today’s story is of Ayushi Agnihotri, a girl who is an International Karate player. Ayushi Agnihotri belongs to a lower middle-class family in Handia village which is situated in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh.
She comes from a very simple family and lives with her father Prafulla Agnihotri, mother Uma Agnihotri, grandmother, one brother and two sisters.Her father is a shopkeeper and her mother is a housewife. Ayushi had spent her entire childhood in Handia and she did her schooling from Saraswati Shishu Mandir Pvt. School till 8th grade and moved to Government School Handia for further schooling. She did her graduation from Harda Degree College.
This is what seems an academic record of a normal village girl but there is more to her journey.
Since childhood, she had a keen interest in Karate and was fascinated by the sport. People use to tell her that she cannot make a career in sports as she belongs from a village. But she took comments like these as a challenge and decided to reply with medals she would win in Karate, which she actually did.
She started her Karate journey from 12th class. She passed her yellow belt examination during her 12th class only. After that, she did not look back and started participating in several championships of different levels. From District to State, and then national level. She was selected twice to represent India on the International level but things didn’t fall in her favor due to financial problems.
During her first year of graduation, she started teaching Karate to kids so that she could pay for her further Karate practice and became a Black Belt alongside. then with a better financial support from her earnings as well as her father’s, she played at International Level at Kathmandu (Nepal) in which she bagged the Bronze for the country.
She teaches karate in government schools and Hostels for which she gets paid. She also teaches kids for free in Handia at her private class.
She wanted to become an actress in her 10th grade but in her 12th grade she made up her mind of becoming a Karate Professional.
Her father and her sister are her role model as they have supported her in every step she took towards her dream and helped her overcome hurdles she would not have overcome otherwise.
Out of the 300 students she teaches, six of them have become national players named Renu, Shivani, and Rajkumari.
Like every teacher, she too is proud of her students for giving such results of her teaching and guidance. She now works with Synergy Organization and is teaching several things other than Karate including painting and dance.
She has once played Kho-Kho at the state-level tournament. Recently her project got selected in Ashoka Youth Venture which works for children’s development.
She believes that with support from parents one can overcome any problems and can achieve their goal.