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Pervez Mistry

The martial arts expert plans to launch Fighting Fit, the first magazine of its kind

Pervez Mistry
Why are you launching the magazine ?
Health reports that appear in newspaper are cosmetic. I want to educate people on its better aspaects, andf remove the fear psychosis that the arts inspire.

Are there many pseudo experts in your field?
There is no regulatory body, as in other fields. Recently two children were killed because instructors had not taken the necessary precautions. We have to weed out such people.

But there will be no cohesion if experts in your field are more interested in only exposing each other. Why do you take potshots at each other?
People fight. Martial arts does not. People have egos. Once a youth, in a tiff over parking space, punched me in my stomach. I just strengthened my stomach, while he broke his fist. The martial arts scene is like this.

Isn't competition incompatible with the Zen philosophy?
One cannot get away from competition. Sports can only channelise this natural aggression. I hope to achieve that through my magazine.

Will the magazine be targeted only at fitness freaks?
It is aimed at everybody.

The title makes it sound exclusive to fitness maniacs.
No. Health awareness is very widespread. Everybody is fitness-oriented these days.

How would you rate martial arts in terms of popularity?
There is phenomenal interest in it. But the field has not been tapped, except by my friend Sardar Sheikh who brings out the World of Martial Arts paper.

The magazine's contents are divided equally between the arts and fitness news. Is this because you can't find much to say in your field of interest?
Not at all. It's because the two are linked. Just as the carpenter has to know his tools, an expert in martial arts has to know his body.

How market-driven will your magazine be?
It will definitely be market-driven, because if the magazine flops it means the message has not reached.

Are you not over-reaching yourself by planning to clean up your field?
You have to push up your expectations. Only then can you reach your target.

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