Akshay Kumar and frequent co-star Katrina Kaif at the 9th Akshay Kumar Invitational Kudo Tournament 2017 in Mumbai. Pics/Yogen Shah
At the event Akshay Kumar praised Katrina Kaif, said her determination and confidence were an example to others
Akshay Kumar also thanked Aaditya Thackeray and Katrina Kaif for supporting his initiative of sponsoring Indian Kudo fighters for an international training camp
A source close to Akshay Kumar says, "This year onwards, Akshay will be sponsoring the 10 best fighters from the tournament for a month-long training camp in Philippines, Japan and Thailand so that Indian fighters can be on a par with international counterparts."
Akshay Kumar's son Aarav Kumar has a black belt in Kudo. Also pictured: Katrina Kaif
Akshay Kumar with Aaditya Thackeray and Katrina Kaif at the 9th Akshay Kumar Invitational Kudo Tournament 2017 in Mumbai
Akshay Kumar thanked his parents at the event for helping him become a martial artist. "It's important for every aspirant to respect their parents and have faith in their abilities," he said
Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in conversation at the 9th Akshay Kumar Invitational Kudo Tournament 2017 in Mumbai
Akshay Kumar is also an accomplished martial artist apart from being a successful Bollywood actor
Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif have shared screen in the films 'Humko Deewana Kar Gaye', 'Namastey London', 'Welcome', 'Singh Is Kinng', 'Blue' and 'Tees Maar Khan'
Praising his 'Namaste London' co-star, Akshay Kumar said, "Katrina returned from the US two days ago. When I invited her to the event, she immediately agreed."
Akshay Kumar further added, "When Katrina Kaif started out as a Bollywood actor, she didn't know a word in Hindi. Today, she is one of the biggest stars around. Her journey is an example of how determination and confidence can take you places."