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Nation’s biggest karate event at Netaji Indoor Stadium under Hanshi Premjit Sen.


7th International Karate Championship – Indian Challengers’ Cup

All India Seishinkai Shitoryu Karate Do Federation organized it’s grand “7th International Karate Championship – Indian Challengers’ Cup” at the Netaji Indoor Stadium (Kolkata) on 29th & 30th August 2023.

Around 6000 players took part in this event where players from Malaysia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and India took part in front of a packed Stadium on both the days. The first day of the Tournament saw the Cadet, Junior, Senior and the Master categories taking place, while the second day included the Sub-Junior categories which included players starting as young as 5 years to 13 years.

Hanshi Premjit Sen always says that one must sharpen his/her sword to be ready to face any challenges in life. And so, the Master’s category was organized where men and women above the age of 35 years took part with utmost zeal and courage.

The most attractive event of the Championship was the Team Kumite event for the Boys and Girls. The enthusiasm shown at this event was electrifying as every member of the Team wanted to grab the Champion’s Trophy. A total sum of Rs. 3 Lakhs were given to the proud winners of this nail-biting event. Moreover, the female Team Kumite category emphasized on popularizing and encouraging the women in our society and showcase the women-empowerment in all. The entire event was telecasted LIVE on various social media platforms.

The occasion was graced by various dignitaries on both the days, which included the following:-

  • Mr. Arup Roy : Hon’ble Minister of Co-Operation (Govt. of West Bengal)
  • Mr. Swapan Banerjee : President – Bengal Olympic Association
  • His Excellency Mr. Zha Liyou : Respected Consul General of China
    -Ms. Manasi Roy Chowdhury : Director Techno India Group
    -Mr. Alassiri Mohammed Ayed M : Olympic Gold Medalist (Youth)
  • Sensei Koichi Shimura : 8th Dan Japan Karate Federation. Chairman of JKF Wadokai Technical Committee
  • Sensei Yoshiyuki Tani : 7th Dan Black Belt Japan Karate Federation
  • Mr. Ali Mesfer Alzahrani : President of Saudi Arabia Coaches Association at the Saudi Olympic & Best Arab Coaches (2016 – 2017)
  • Shihan Datuk P. Arivalagan : Vice President Malaysian Karate Federation
  • Mr. Kyaw Shwe Hla : Hon’ble General Secretary – Bangladesh Karate Federation
  • Hanshi Bharat Sharma Mentor : Karate India Organisation & Executive Member of Asian Karate Federation
    — Mr. Pawan Kumar Patodia : Chairman & Principal Owner Kolkata Thunderbolt
  • Hanshi Joydeb Mondal : General Secretary – Karate Do Association of Bengal (KAB)
  • Kyoshi Mutum Bankim Singh : Treasurer – Karate India Organisation
  • Shree Tinkari Dutta : Director Citi Cable Saltlake, Kolkata
  • Dr. Sujoy Biswas : President of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce

“Due to financial constraints, players cannot visit foreign countries or interact with foreign players to enhance skills. I organize this Tournament everywhere only to give our players an exposure to see the foreign players and learn from them, without spending money.” – Hanshi Premjit Sen