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Martial arts school finds a space of its own

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Fifty-year old karate institute Budokai Martial Arts Association now has a space of its own, having opened a centre at Nungambakkam last week. The training centre has been set up at the terrace of an independent house in Josier Street. “We did not have a permanent place for a long time. For a few months, we were operating from an instructor’s house. But, we felt the need for having our own place,” says Shiandai (meaning senior-most) S.B.P. Anand Mohan. The association was started by R.V.T. Mani in 1965. “He had constructed a training centre for karate on Spurtank Road, which was on par with international standards. The circular building was a landmark in the area until the early 1990s. But Soke Mani had to sell it. After his death, classes were being conducted in an open ground and at stadiums,” he adds. Shiandai Anand, who has taken over the reins of the association, says the institute conducts karate lessons for children, self-defence classes for women and seminars and sessions for senior citizens. “We help seniors with tips on staying safe. These sessions are especially targeted at seniors living alone,” he says. The Association also provides specialised training to the various wings of the army. The centre is located at No.4, Josier Street, Nungambakkam. For details, call 9840379707.


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