Chennai kids bag gold in international karate tourney

By G Srinivasan Published on Sep 16, 2017 11:17 AM IST

Chennai: Cheers to Mambalam, here is happy news: Two youngsters, Amisha (13) and Magesh (12), both residents of the area, have bagged gold medal in the International Isshinryu karate and kobudo championship held recently in JJ Stadium,Kilpauk.

Amisha won the top slot in kumite (fighting event) for girls below 15 and Magesh made it in kata and kumite under-12 years category.

Amisha, class nine student of BS Mootha Girls Senior Secondary School, West Mambalam and resident of Bhaktavatchalam Street, participating in Olympic games in 2020 is all she dreams of.

"I am working out under the training of master Renshi Saravana to take part in the Olympic games," smilingly said Amisha.

What made this youngster to turn her eyes on martial arts?

"Right from my childhood, I had a liking for karate and started learning the art when I was studying in class seven. My coach gave me continuous practice and energized me every day before the event," replied Amisha who successfully contested against two other finalists, one from Indonesia and other from Kancheepuram.

For Amisha, becoming a police officer is the ultimate desire. "Yes, I would like to take up Indian Police Service and serve the country in a honest way," said the youngster.  Amisha can be reached at 95661 07555.

Another gold medalist, P Magesh from Brindavan Street is a class eight student of Sitaram Vidyalaya School, West Mambalam. Not surprisingly, he is an ardent fan of film stars like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.

When approached, mother of Magesh opened up for her son. "Magesh liked martial art movies when he was hardly two and now he himself has become a karate specialist."

"We originally planned to shape up his carrier with education but he has delighted us in two ways, one with the achievement in karate and another by scoring good marks in academics also," she added.

"I honestly say that the credit goes to the institution where he underwent rigorous training every day," she continued.

Magesh won two golds in the championship, each in kata an kumite events.

"Magesh is keen to become a trainer of karate in future," is all what his mother says about the youngster’s future plans.  He can be reached at 72000 15838.

Amisha and Magesh received the medals from Hanshi Christoper Chase, president of Okinawa Isshinryu Karate and Kobudo Association in the presence of grandmasters Kyoshi, Gamini Soysa (Sri Lanka) and Karate Association of India, national president Karate Thiyagarajan and the event was organised by Okinawa Isshinryu Karate and Kobudo Association.