Don Bosco School, Hyderabad, has a nurturing community where great emphasis is laid on developing moral values. Our teachers at Don Bosco School are dedicated to fulfilling the vision of the school which is to provide students with a holistic education in a caring environment.
INTERVIEWING OUR COACH ABOUT HIS LIFE’S JOURNEY OF KARATE
– Lohitha Reddy, Class IX
“Karate helps one to improve in self-confidence, mental and physical toughness. It is not a matter of beating or killing someone, it is a matter of self-defense. “
– Shihan K. Sudhakar (Karate coach)
BLACK BELT Vth DAN
ME: Sir, recently we attended WKF (WORLD KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP). How do you feel about it now?
SIR: I’m very happy and proud about attending this championship and representing INDIA as it was my dream to attend WKF at least once. As I had a tough group of students who had already participated in 2 international tournaments and won gold medals, I had a hope that they were capable for WKF. Unfortunately we couldn’t win a medal but I feel that they had done their best. I would like to thank my students for their efforts. They used to come for practice from 4 am to 8 am in the morning and from 4 pm to 7 pm in the evening. They would get up before 3:30 am to complete their needs and come to class by 4 am. For that, I would like to thank their parents as they also used to get up before 4 am and bring the students to the class.
ME: For how many years are you into this field of teaching karate and from when did you start Karate?
SIR: For 23 years I am in this field of teaching karate. In the year 1995 I got my Black Belt. I started karate when I was in 6thclass.
ME: How was your journey of karate? Did you face any difficulties? If so, what kind of difficulties?
SIR: I really faced many difficulties during my journey. Sometimes I felt “Why do I need this karate?” But later, after a few days, I again started Karate. I could not leave it. Those days we did not have good opportunities, only few people whose parents had money used to get opportunities. My parents did not have that much amount so I used to wash clothes and clean utensils in my master’s house and then without a fee he used to teach me. The only good thing for me was that he really taught me very well and made me tough. I would feel pity for myself that I did not even have a proper karate uniform. If the uniform got torn, I used to stitch it and used the same uniform even for tournaments. Other students used to make fun of me and ask me to do their work. Sometimes if I did not have money to fulfill my hunger, I used to eat the left over from their plates. After overcoming all those bad days and bad times now I myself have an identity and have a karate academy for myself. Now I am very happy with my family.
ME: How would you relate karate to your personal life?
SIR: Karate is not only my professional life but also my personal life. If I am able to live with my family happily, the one and only reason is karate. Karate means a lot for me. Now I’m able to feed my family and take care of them. The reason is Karate.
SIR: I would like to dedicate my achievement of attending WKF to Don Bosco School. At this moment I would like to thank Rev. Fr. B. Suresh for his support and allowing me to take students to different national and international tournaments. I am sure that in any other school they won’t allow students like this. Only Don Bosco School students attended WKF. Maybe if I had not joined this school, my dream of attending WKF would only be a dream.
ME: Do you think there is any change in teaching karate from the 1990’s and 2000’s?
SIR: Yes, Of course. There is a lot of change and differences in teaching karate from the 1990’s and 2000’s. We really used to have tough training in 1990’s but now it is not so. During those days, there was not so much pampering by parents but these days it’s – “My child should not go on mud without wearing slippers. They should not go outside.” – And so many other objections. According to the present scenario, only few children can be taught like in the 1990’s.
ME: So, how did you teach your students in the 1990’s or 2000’s?
SIR: I try to teach my students like in the 1990’s only. Before the student joins karate, I will inform their parents that their child must learn discipline and then karate. Karate means Discipline. Then if the parent wants to let their child join they can join otherwise no.
ME: Finally, what advice would you like to give to your students?
SIR: I would like to suggest to my students to always practice karate for your physical and mental health. The first thing about karate is discipline. All my students should have discipline and respect/obey their parents, teachers and elders.