A Fighting Chance for Goan Karate

By on November 09, 2015
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Suraj Caculo’s non-profit Dojo de Goa is taking the level of Goan karate to new heights with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure

They stand in neat rows wearing immaculate white karategi and belts of different colours. For dozens of karate practitioners, or karatekas, Dojo de Goa in Panaji has emerged as a new shrine where they can worship the Japanese martial form in a state-of-the-art environment.

The dojo – a training space for Japanese martial arts – is the brainchild of Suraj Caculo, who found an abyssal gap between the standard of Goan karate and international levels, and no proper place for enthusiasts to learn and practice.

“Before Dojo de Goa, infrastructure in the state on a scale of 0 to 10 was probably –25! Karate is taught generally on open grounds, in basements of buildings, terraces and courtyards where you can get injured on the hard floor. We have an abundance of quality instructors but no organised infrastructure, which gave birth to the thought of Dojo de Goa,” explained Caculo.

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