Welcome to the first in our Sensei Profiles series. Each month we will be interview a Sensei from Australia and around the world. Digging in and asking the questions we all want to know and getting to know who the person is when the Gi comes off. If you want to nominate your Sensei to be featured, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We're kicking off this month with a Sensei that is very dear to my heart. Having been friends competitors and family for a very long time we've got to know each other intimately and it's my pleasure to introduce him to you.
Rohit Bangalolelu is one of those people that you can just tell is wise beyond their years - at just 25 he always has something to contribute to a philosophical conversation and is happy to give advice. He's deep, calm and intuitive. All traits he no doubt picked up from his father, another Sensei we will be featuring in the future.
Ro is passionate, thoughtful and always has something interesting to say, so enjoy this short interview and make sure you head over to the podcast page to hear us chat in depth about all thing Karate and life.
I started Karate at a very young age of 2
I have be actively training for the last 23 years
My father is the Asia Chief Instructor for Karate Budokan International, my mother was a black belt at that time. Karate was a major part of our family life, it was inevitable for me to start Karate.
Karate is a skill nobody can take away from me. I have this amazing skill and confidence that allows me to travel and belong to a community anywhere in the world.
Karate has also allowed me to travel around the world and meet some amazing people whom I can call my dear friends.
Interesting question, I enjoy Kumite now but growing up I was very scared to being hit and did not practise Kumite until i was 14 years old. So my advise to my white belt me whould be - Don't be scared of being hit and also Kumite is awesome.
If it was karate, I think I would be a professional Dancer or a Soccer player
For my last class I would have a split between Kihon drills and fun games.
Kihon drills - I think Kihon is the key to being great at karate. Its the foundation for kata and also kumite drills
Games - Make sure karate is fun and not always serious, challenge the mind to new things
Energetic, Traditional and Fun
Empi - Made me fall in love with kata, growing up i was called the Empi kid. Love jumping :)
HAHAHA I am Indian, its only fair if I use it at my wedding :)