Seema Rao, also known as India's Wonder Woman, is India's first woman commando trainer, having trained Special Forces of India for 18 years without compensation. She is a pioneer in close quarter battle (CQB)  — the art of fighting in tight proximity — and is involved in training various Indian forces. Her work was partnered by Major Deepak Rao, who received Presidential rank honor from the Indian President for pioneering close quarter battle training for Indian Army.
Born to a freedom fighter of India, Professor Ramakant Sinari, Seema grew up committed to the cause of serving her country. Pursuing an education in medicine, she certified as a doctor in conventional medicine. Rao also has an MBA in crisis management. Teaming up with her husband, Major Deepak Rao, she contributed to training 15,000 soldiers in modern close quarter battle.
Rao earned her Para Wings by skydiving in the Indian Air Force course. She is a combat shooting instructor, an Army mountaineering institute HMI medalist, and a 7th degree Blackbelt in military martial arts. She is one of a handful of instructors in the world authorised to teach Jeet Kune Do. She has been a Mrs India World beauty pageant finalist, too. A professional martial combat exponent, her lineage traces to Richard Bustillo, original disciple of the legendary Bruce Lee's art of Jeet Kune Do.
Work in combat modernization
Rao has been instrumental in modernizing combat shooting, having researched combat shooting methods and invented a new method of shooting called The Rao System of Reflex Fire — an innovative method of shooting at close quarters. This method is patented (PP) and via trials has been found better than conventional shooting . After a thorough analysis, the method has been incorporated into relevant Indian Army commands with due credits, gaining three Army Commander citations to her credit along with her husband Deepak Rao.
Together the Raos are recipients of three Army Chief citations over 18 years contributions to training 15,000 soldiers of forces in CQB. They have trained every elite Indian force including Indian Para Special forces, Commando wing, Corps battle schools, Academies & Regt centers, Navy MARCOS marine Commandos, NSG Black cat, Air Force GARUD, ITBP, Paramilitary, Police units. They were guest lecturers for National Police Academy, Army Officers Training Academy, etc. Having taken to CQB training as a full-time profession, she works all year long in remote locations, keeping personal life aside.
Awards and recognition
Home Minister Chidambaram approved Rao and Major Deepak Rao as Resource to Home Ministry to train all state police in CQB without compensation, of which 16 states have already been covered. Rao missed the rank which the President of India conferred rank to Major Deepak Rao, due to lack of provision, but gracefully took it in her stride. She is the recipient of many awards — World Peace Award by World Peace Congress, Malaysia awarded by the Prime Minister of Malaysia for contribution to the country in 2008, US President's Volunteer Service Award, three Army Chief Citations, Home Minister of India Letter of Commendation in 2009 placing on record the selfless National service in the field of close quarters battle training, 1000 felicitations from Indian government. Yet she prefers to lie low and avoid social limelight despite being featured as a woman of substance by magazines like Society, Savvy, India Today Femina, New Woman, national newspapers, TV and going viral on social media.. On the occasion of International Women's Day, Hindustan Times featured her for having achieved something for the first time in India’s history. Times of India featured both Seema & Komal Rao, the mother-daughter wonder women duo via the Times News Network. Dr. Seema Rao was rated No. 6 in the 2019 Forbes India W-Power Trailblazer list. Dr. Seema received India's highest civilian honour for women Nari Shakti Puraskar from His Excellency the President of India in 2019.
Rao has co-authored the first Encyclopedia of Close Combat Ops training in the world, produced solely for Indian forces as well as the first Indian book on world terrorism — A Comprehensive Analysis of World Terrorism and the first book on Commando Manual of Unarmed Combat. Her books have found a place in the libraries of FBI, INTERPOL, UN, and SWAT Police the world over. She is a prolific author and has eight titles thus far. .
|Handbook of World Terrorism||978-93-313-1779-7|
|The Art of Success||978-93-313-1699-8|
|Terrorism: A Comprehensive Analysis of World Terrorism||81-7648-527-6|
|Encyclopedia of Close Combat Ops.||978-81-907765-0-9|
|Commando Manual of Unarmed Combat||978-81-907765-9-2|
|What is this thing you do? In Cantonese, Jeet Kune Do!||978-81-907765-7-8|
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