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Karate.Life was born in 2018 by MItchell Barber and Rohit Bangalolelu out of a need to dive deeper into the history, technique and spirit of the art that made them who they are.

Sensei Profiles - Rohit Bangalolelu

If it wasn't Karate, I think I would be a professional Dancer or a Soccer player

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 hello@karate.life. 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.

What age did you start training?

I started Karate at a very young age of 2

How long have you been training for?

I have be actively training for the last 23 years

Why did you start Karate?

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.

What are two ways Karate has changed your life for the better?

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.

If you could go back in time and talk to the white belt you, what advice would you give them?

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 you never started Karate, what do you think you would be doing now?

If it was karate, I think I would be a professional Dancer or a Soccer player

Imagine you are teaching your last ever Karate class, what would you teach and why?

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

What three words do you think your students would use do describe you?

Energetic, Traditional and Fun

If you had to do one Kata for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Empi - Made me fall in love with kata, growing up i was called the Empi kid. Love jumping :)

Ok the last one is a fun one...You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?

HAHAHA I am Indian, its only fair if I use it at my wedding :)

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