Janki Goud is a blind judoka from the Indian region of Madhya Pradesh.
She was introduced to the sport as part of a self-defense class to help protect blind women against physical or sexual abuse.
It is the brainchild of the charity Sightsavers and already 200 women have taken the course.
Formerly very timid, Goud has become something of a spokeswoman for the group.
She says the self-defense project has transformed her life, giving her far greater freedom.
As a judoka, she has already enjoyed success at regional, national and international level.
Her family is proud of her accomplishments, she said.
Sightsavers is keen to grow the program around India.
Goud has been among the star judoka turns among the initial group of 200 women.
Sightsavers hopes the government will support the program at a national level.