At the age of six,Kanishka Sharma happened to watch the movie,The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. He did not know then that this would be the first source of inspiration for what is today his lifes passion. Shifu Kanishka,as he is known today,is the first Indian to have trained at the famed Shaolin Temple Secular Discipline Union in China. Keen to promote martial arts in India,he has now started Indias first Martial Arts Training Centre and Temple at Malavali,Pune.
Said to be the first residential centre for martial arts in the country,it has enrolled 500 students even though it became operational a couple of weeks ago.
The 35-year-olds remarkable journey began when he decided to give up his corporate job in favour of martial arts. Since his training at the Shaolin Temple that began in 2001,he has travelled across the world promoting the cause of the Shaolin Culture of Chan,Wu and Yi (Chan Buddhism,Martial Arts and Shaolin medicine).
He received initial training in Delhi,where he was born and grew up. He joined karate classes at the age of seven and followed this up with training in Kalaripayattu and Kung Fu Tao.
In 2001,he passed the Gong Fu Foundation Examination,the first step before starting on the nine stages of Shaolin Gong Fu Training. Drawing inspiration has not been the only form of association he has had with movies. Shifu Kanishka has trained actors such as Shah Rukh Khan,Priyanka Chopra,Zayed Khan,Boman Irani and Abhishek Bachchan in martial arts for various films.
Though age is not a major concern when it comes to training in martial arts,Shifu Kanishka feels youngsters learn faster than adults as their abilities are developed using traditional and modern conditioning techniques.
Understandably then,Shifu Kanishka urges all to learn marital arts owing to its holistic physical and emotional benefits.