Sensai Mahesh Kushwaha is full time Shotokan karate & Kickboxing instructor, 6th Degree Black Belt WKF & KAI Japan. He is Sole Representative India at Shotokan Ryu chidokai karate-do federation India. He works at President WAKO INDIA. He is also running his own academy at Nehru Stadium Indore.
Shihan Mahesh Kushwaha teaches Karate since 30 years.
Light Weight training is also good along with Karate , However, student should not do heavy and strenuous weight training, which reduces their flexibility and speed., he said.
Diet is important part of Karate, Vegetarian students should take cotton cheese, milk in their diet, non vegetarian student should take eggs, fish etc, it their diet, Shihan replied, when I asked him about diet.
Teaching karate to small children is not tough, instead vice versa, he said, though small children are flicker , but also very progressive , even more than seniors.
Girls should join karate training to learn self-defence, and parents should encourage them, he said.
Karate is not fight game, it is the only game which have offence as well as defence.No other sport have defence, they are all only offensive game. It can be used for self defence, many parents think that , their child can get injury while learning karate, but it is applicable to other sports like, judo, football and other contact sport, beside child can even get injured while learning bicycle, he said.
Generally parents send their children to learn karate at only summer/ vacation time along with other hobby classes, but it is no harm, to come karate class year long. Student can do study along with learning karate, and karate will not interfere in their study, 12 years schooling and 6 years college degree can not give guarantee for job, but continue karate practice can at least prepare them for real world challenges, he said.
Like other typical Indian families, Shihan Mahesh also got stiff resistance from his parents, initially, but as he continue won the state, national and international tournaments, it diminishes. Initially he also got financial problem, but with teaching and personnel training classes he overcome that problems. Shihan Mahesh went to Japan at his early 20's to fetch Karate No Michi World Federation approval to start classes at Indore, and again some time late he went to Japan and got affiliation from Shotokan Karate.
When I asked him about future plan, he said his vision is to expand karate awareness not only in city, state but in whole country, and he emphasis on self defence.
His message to student community is, " do study and karate, both are important and both have significance, but if student is not physical well and healthy, their study may also affect".
[Verified Interview on 29-09-2022]