It was by watching Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan that Aldy Degaulle George got hooked to
the world of martial arts. But as soon as he stepped into it as a nine-year-old, Aldy realised it wasn’t as easy as it looked from the outside.
But the boy from Kothamangalam has since mastered the moves of sport karate and appearing for India in the 13th Junior Asian Karatedo Championship at the Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Sports Complex, Dubai last December became the first to represent the country from Kerala.
Aldy was a fourth standard student of Vimalagiri Public School, Kothamangalam, when he developed a liking for karate and decided to enroll for karate classes at the school under Joy Paul, a seasoned karate coach and judge. Paul as well as former Malaysian national coach P Arivalagan has played a big role in Aldy’s rise.
“At first it was very difficult to copy the moves that is seen in the films which are more of a traditional nature. What we practice is a more refined version of karate called shito-ryu which is one of the four styles recognised by the World Karate Federation,” Aldy, a second Dan black belt holder, told City Express.
The ‘Karate Kid’, now an 11th standard student at the Nirmala HSS, Muvattupuzha, appeared in his second junior national karate championships at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi last year where his performances on the mat earned him a place in the Indian team for the Asian championships in the -68 kg ‘kumite’ category.
It’s not only his sparring partner that Aldy has to face in order to progress further in his career, with the prime concern being the lack of tournaments. “Only a couple of tournaments are organised in the country the whole year. Others are the local open tournaments where competitiveness is minimal,” he said.
There is also the matter of lack of facilities to train. “For proper practice, you need mats while we train on cement floorings. Kicking glouses, punching bags, weightlifting equipment, all are costly and hard to access,” he says.
Meanwhile, Neil Moses, president of the Kerala Karate Association, is optimistic of his protege.
“Under the guidance of his coach, Aldy has improved a lot over the recent years. We have medal hopes on him on the upcoming National Games in Kerala and the national championships,” Moses said.