Japan Karate Association providing online training to the students without taking any fee from them
The Kolkata branch of the Japan Karate Association emerged to be one of the leading karate organizations in our country to inspire the karate-ka (practitioners of karate) both in India and abroad to study and practice karate from home during the depressing period of Coronavirus pandemic when all dojo (place of training) are being compelled to remain closed. “We had realised the importance of introducing webinars to replace dojo training at the very beginning of the complete lockdown in our country in the month of March. We also had realised that teaching online is a new idea for many and it’s difficult to reach out a particular segment of the trainees that live in locations where internet connectivity is volatile. We have discussed the matter and the officials within the organization that are proficient in IT have helped out our shidoin (association instructors) with the technical nitty-gritty of conducting karate classes online; such as lesson plans, contents of a lesson, communication skill, positioning the mobile phone, using of webcam, adjusting the correct distance, checking out the trainees in between teachings, keep the trainees hooked and so on;” said Somnath Palchowdhury Sensei (teacher) to our correspondent. He is the chairman of the JKAWF INDIA Kolkata and a JKA accredited instructor, judge and examiner.JKA Kolkata providing online training to the students from India even they have include international students also for training without taking any charges from students.
“Most of our teachers are highly qualified and therefore teachings in our branches are always educational. We are now able to make our sessions more interesting by incorporating powerpoint presentations, slides, guidance on proper diet, physical demonstrations with props and training; all online. Over 70% of our members are attending online webinars regularly whereas the rest that are not able to do so for whatsoever reasons are receiving short video clips of instructors teaching karate moves in correct forms for their self-training at home watching the clips;” added Somnath Sensei.
The proactive activities of the JKAWF INDIA were not left unnoticed by the global leaders of karate and Somnath Palchowdhury Sensei and Dibyendu Mandal Sensei were approached by the Karate Home the world’s largest online karate dojo to teach its global audience live. The group is providing online coaching by the world’s renowned Japanese and non-Japanese karate teachers, world champions and upcoming karate coaches through Facebook live webinars, recorded teaching videos on YouTube channel and Instagram. To date hundreds of thousands of karate-ka in over 100 countries are learning and getting inspired by this initiative. “Everyone involved in Karate Home is doing these great jobs for free. This is a non-profit platform created by one Martin Buchstaller Sensei and Nadja Korner Sensei both senior members of JKA Germany in last March during the beginning of complete lockdown in many countries;” said Somnath Sensei with great admiration. Until now Somnath Sensei has conducted two live classes in Karate Home while Dibyendu Sensei, a 4th Dan JKA black belt a JKA accredited instructor, M.Sc in Zoology, a pass out of Presidency College and Bachelor of Education, an international karate champion, trained under many Japanese and non-Japanese exponents of karate has conducted one live session that received a huge global appreciation.
In addition to the regular online live webinars the Japan Karate Association (JKA), headquartered in Tokyo has approved JKAWF INDIA Kolkata to conduct online karate examinations for the promotions of various kyu ranks (coloured belts) in India. The organization has started carrying out such examinations and receiving great response.
“We are going to host live charitable webinars. The fund raised from such paid webinars will be utilised to support some of the karate enthusiasts and teachers that are passing through severe economic crisis due to complete lockdown in our country;” said Somnath Sensei.
Somnath Palchowdhury Sensei was born in Ranaghat, a suburban town of West Bengal in 1968, a graduate in commerce, took up karate in the early 1983.Prior to that he was practicing Judo for a while. In his career Somnath Sensei has trained under the top masters of the art that include Nishiyama, Kanazawa, Shirai, Abe, Ueki, Ochi, Oishi, Kawasoe, Omura, Mori, Kawawada, Ogura, Imamura, Shiina, Naka and so on; besides many bests of the Europe during his visits and stays in UK, Japan and Thailand. As a teacher and leader Somnath Sensei has hosted many of the masters in India to conduct karate workshops since 1993, staged tournaments and led teams in international events. “All our association instructors are now well prepared to venture the next level of karate teachings using audio visual materials, live streaming and project karate as a highly demanding martial science based on ancient Japanese martial arts; this is the ‘New Normal” for the future;” concluded Somnath Sensei.