Dr. Seema Rao

India’s only Woman Commando Trainer | Author

Known as India’s Wonder Woman, Seema 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.

Seema has been instrumental in modernising combat shooting, having invented a new method of shooting called The Rao System of Reflex Fire — an innovative method of shooting at close quarters. Together the Raos are recipients of three Army Chief citations over 18 years of contributions in 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.

Seema 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 to her name, thus far.

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  • Team Building
  • CSR & Social Empowerment
  • Environment / Climate
  • TED/ TEDx/ Josh Speakers
  • Women Speakers
  • Maximize your potential
  • Commando lessons for life
  • Weakness to Strength
  • Originate don’t imitate
  • Women empowerment
  • Women shatter the glass ceiling


From Weakness to Strength | Dr. SEEMA RAO | TEDxMITE