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A Tibetan Awarded Go-Dan in Karate

January 24, 2010

Tibet House Japan
January 22, 2010

Tokyo -- Tsering Dorjee, a young Tibetan from
Gangtok, Sikkim was awarded Black belt Go-dan
degree from International Karate Do Gojukai
Association (IKGA), World Headquarter, Tokyo,
Japan after going through the rigorous test and
competitions in Tokyo. Go-dan degree, equivalent
to PHD degree is considered to be one of the
highest accomplishments in martial art world.

Dorjee is a great fan of martial art; he acquired
his first black belt in 1992 from All India
Budokai Association, Madras. He had earlier won
the All India National Championship Gold Medal
for three successive years 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Dorjee worked with Security Department of Central
Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, India. He
trains people in Karate and has many students
under his guidance. In 2001, under the
scholarship of TEIKI Security International, CTA
sent him to Tokyo for further training. He
practiced for a year and half, during which he
won San-dan. On returning India, he continued
teaching Karate to the young people.

Again in 2003, under TEIKI Security
International's scholarship, the Department sent
him again to Tokyo for two years up-grade his
degree. He studied at Goju-kai Karate-Do in
Tokyo. At the end of two years, he was awarded
the Yon-dan in Karate and Sho-dan in Akido
martial arts. Upon his return to India, he
resumed his duty, where young Tibetan, Indian and
Nepalese are trained in the art. Some seventy
students under his guidance have acquired Black belt in Karate.

In 2009, President of the Goju-kai Karate-Do
invited him to complete the Go-dan in the martial
art. Practicing arduously for six months, Dorjee
finally excelled the tests and the competitions
on 20th January. The President of IKGA, Master
Goshi Yamaguchi awarded him the coveted Go-dan
degree amid big applause from the seniors and fellow student in the art.

Tsering Dorjee can be said as the first Tibetan
to acquire Go-dan in Gojuryu Karate. He says he
is inspired by His Holiness the Dalai Lama's
emphasis on becoming professional, and had worked hard to acquire this degree.

He plans to train good number of students, who
can participate in the forthcoming World Karate
Tournament scheduled in 2013 in Pune, India. He
can be contacted at tdbudokai@yahoo.com
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