His journey into martial arts or karate began in the summer of 1987 in Mokokchung, Nagaland (India). Aling Pinggam hailing from small village of Arunachal Pradesh India.
However, at the age of 15, Mr. Aling enrolled for Karate Training at one of the small
Karate clubs in in Mokokchung District, where he grew up in his college days. Due to his keen interest in the training he progressed rapidly and eventually became the National and International Championship. Life turn dark when his Master P. Shasi Walling suddenly dead. He had no obtion than to leave his karate club. During those years he also acquired an interest in Kick Boxing and Muay Thai and took up Kick Boxing Karate. He request Sensei Oken Jeet Sandam to admit me in his club, Sensei Oken was the then Black 5th Dan, who also engaged in intense showy or spiritual discipline as well. At the Dojo, He trained directly under Oken Jeet’s patronage the then highest-ranked master in Indian,. This was his introduction to Kick Boxing and he very fortunate about and humbly grateful for.
For one year, from 1987 to 1988, He trained six days a week in one and a half hour classes, usually twice a day, six days in a row, which were all taught by Sensei Oken Jeet. He was his first student in his new Dojo and became one of his first three brown belts or second kyus, and his first junior brown belt or second kyu in his Dojo. He also had the honor of doing three kata demonstrations within a group (students from the headquarters Dojo) in the years between 1987 to 88 at three Knockdown Tournaments. Then in 1988, the style was changed to World Oyama Karate Organization or W.O.K.O. when then Saiko Shihan created his own aforesaid style and thus, became known as Shokokai.
After returned from abroad In 1994 at the request of his friends, Mr. Aling then decided to start a dojo at VK Town under Zunebhoto District in Nagaland, with just a handful of students. The interest shown by the people who wanted to learn Kick Boxing karate was so great that he found it impossible to cope with the classes without seeking assistant instructors. As there was no other karate instructors in VK town at that time, He then teach personally without charging fees to Angang Leo of Khensa village and Akala of Ungma village of Mokokchung District for Assistant Instructor course every morning and evening for 4 hours in the club. During that time in Oyama Karate, which is his Sensei’s/Master’s last name and defined as: “big” (O) & “mountain” (yama),”He competed in five kata and free-fighting tournaments. He placed in all five in kata and placed in one of three kumite competitions . He enjoyed training under then Saiko Shihan (Soshu), and although we trained bare-knuckle and bare-shin, it was in this traditional formatted Japanese style of karate that He immersed myself into and thus, found my “Original Face” (countenance) or True Nature.
Then in beginning of 1988-90, He went to Japan the Honbu/Headquarters Shukokai Dojo and decided to start over again in rank (status), meaning at Black belt He trained 3 hrs a day, in three hour classes, again under Rob Milner Black Belt 7th Dan (formerly Saiko Shihan) and Naoko Toyashi the then BBH 5th dan. However, He did not compete at that juncture. Simply, He trained for the pure joy of it, to see Soshu and take his class, which was always the best. This also reinforced a lot of the techniques that he taught and instilled when He first started . He was in Yokohama for one year and three months. He remember his days in Japan; during his early days at Yokohama he felt lost mainly because he did not know the Japanese language and the people in Yokohama barely spoke English. He felt like droping out and returning home but his chief coach Sensei Toyashi held him back assuring him all help and support. He thankful to the Nagaland State Sport Council, Indian Kick Boxing Federation and Oken Jeet Sandham his master, who sponsored and sent me to Japan for undergoing rigorous training under Rob Milner at the international headquarters of Shukokai Karate school in the year 1987.
After the completion of his course in Yokohama, he left for Bangakok in 1988 to train in Muay Thai. He stayed at a hotel called Nirma which was owned by a Punjabi, and joined a Muay Thai dojo nearby. On the first day at the Dojo one of the Korean students told him that there was another Indian student who used to attend the evening classes – his name was Akshay Kumar. When he returned to the hotel that day, he ask one of the Indian chefs about the guy who used to go to the Muay Thai club whose name was Akshay Kumar. The Chefs told him “Akshay – boss ka bhaanja, woh dekho white T-shirt wala”.
Akshay could not believe he was Indian, when he started speaking in Hindi Akshay was very surprised. Both introduced each other and decided to catch up again after his work, and he left for marketing. At night around 10:00 pm Akshay came to his room and took him to the staff room, a small room with a tv, packed with Bollywood and martial arts movie cassettes. Both chatted a lot about martial arts. Akshay told me that Nirma was owned by his mom’s elder brother and he was working there as a chef / marketing assistant. The next day after he met Akshay, he requested the Sensei to change my class to the evening session so that Akshay and he could attend the class together. So yes, both attended the evening classes together. The name of the club was Pattaya International Fighting GymThai School run by Muay Thai Kick Boxing Federation of Thailand. Pattaya Kombat Village is the one and only place in the world where you can find the three most vital aspects of MMA all under one roof.
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Aling recalled “Akshay was really a hit machine, with his clean cut good looks and a history in martial arts he has made a smooth transition from action hero to a romantic hero. In real life he was more of a comedy type of guy. He was a really nice person, and very talented too. He always abode by the principle of martial arts, “Martial arts begins and ends with courtesy”, and he was admired for that trait. A black belt holder in Thai Chi Chau (Thai kick boxing), he participated in many demonstration during Bangkok days.
It is like a dream – what Akshay is now and what he (Aling) now. He was stunned to see him on the big screen in the year 1990 or 91 at the Mokokchung Eastern cinema hall! When he told his friends that the hero in the film was his best friend when he was abroad none of them believed him. However they were convinced later when he showed them the photos of Akshay and me of Bangkok days. He left for India after three months in Bangkok.
Actually he (Aling) didn’t win the gold medal in the fourth World Karate Championship in Hanover, Germany. The tournament was organised by World Karate Association (WKA) in the year 1999, He was the only Indian participant to reach the quarter finals standing though.
In 1992, he won the gold for India in Japan, in sparring in the Jr. black belt category, in the 5th Bruce Lee Memorial Martial Arts Championship, which was organised by the Japan Karate Federation (JKF). To participate representative India in WKC – 1999 in Hanover Germany was finance by Directorate Sports and Youth Affairs Government of Arunachal on interest of Late Miss Sangey Lhaden (IAS) the then Secretary Sports Govt of Arunachal .In 1995, he won the gold in Thailand, in the 55-60 kg catogery in sparring in the 9th Asian Thai Boxing open Championship, it was organised by the Thai Boxing and World Full Contact Karate Do Association Thailand Unit.
competing/fighting. This is imperative for one and is how one becomes a true teacher and also how one carries on one’s sensei’s legacy or the tenets of one’s style for the next generation; i.e., no beginning and no end; it is the ends’ (zen circle). Being selected to represent Indian in the 5th Bruce Lee Memorial Martial arts Open Championship was one of the most exciting moments of my life.
It was in the year 1992, and was organized by the JKF and sanctioned by the World Union Of Karate Do Organisation. This was my first time participating in an International arena. The selection and belt fight was held in Imphal under the chief judge of Sensei Oken Jeet. Six of us including a lady fighter from Shillong were selected, I was choosen to lead the team to Tokyo to representative India.
The tournament was held at the Akio Horiuchi hall in Tokyo. Hunato Hami, a close friend of the late Bruce Lee, was the chief official at the 5th WBMMAOC. It increase your self confidence, will power considerably karate helps you maintain physically fitness. You’re become a discipline person, which in turn help you very much in the formation of a good characters, one stance a great chance of growing spiritually too, steadily. Plus, during this time, he assisted in black belt (sho dan, ni dan, son dan) promotion tests, which were held in Yokohama, Hongkong
He said, “ Indian karatekas are lagging behind as they are not always aware of the new techniques and rules of sparring. As a result they fail to perform well internationally. Comparing the methods of teaching Karate in Japan and India, in Japan you hide your abilities which is considered a good thing as far as competitions are concerned, in India you are expected to demonstrate your abilities to the public. This makes teaching Karate in India very difficult using the Japanese model. The best way is to be very deceptive, to start someone off in one direction and then score on them from another. I’d often start a technique from distance, I get in close and then use my legs.”
Aling Pinggam said,“Dropping off Mind and Body,” or forgetting the ego and delusional thoughts or neuronal secretions of one’s brain. Accordingly, committing oneself to training in the art of Shukokai Karate, one will achieve this balance via sweating, discipline, dedication, and action That cost me lot of sight actually because I’d be that close that he could have buffed them and he’d sooner try and kick them in the back of the head! It worked for me sometimes. Also, if they’re running away from you, if they’re over wed by your reputation, then they’re easy. I always liked fighting the westernesed and fareast at tournament, because they are great competitors, they have great spirit and excellent control. Good etiquette. At 4th WORLD KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP 1999 in Hanover, I’ve kicked some Eouropean competitors very hard by accidently, I knocked one of them flate once and jumped back up, shock off the referee. That type of spirit is excellent. He was bleeding at the lips and sucked the blood back so that the referee could not see it. I really should have been disqualified for it, and afterwards I came up and apologist and he said, “Its nothing” Good attitude! , Iam remain black belt 4th dan (Yondan). After entering politics and business, I have left Karate but sometimes I practice 30 minutes in order to keep me fit and look young like Akshay eh! on (reality) in one’s practice; hence, one transcends oneself in one’s Dharma (experience) and becomes Buddha and acts in Zen; this translates and transforms one in all aspects of one’s life, not just in or at the dōjō; rather, a Dojo allows one to see, but not find oneself, because one does not use one’s eyes to see oneself. In other words, one finds oneself not by looking outwardly with the eyes (abstract), but rather inwardly by one’s Zazen (practice), which allows one to “see” oneself or one’s True Nature/Original Face (reality).”
This is because one needn’t be cognizant (i.e., abstractly or intellectually aware) of “finding” anything (much less oneself), because there is nothing to “find” externally (abstract). Hence, via one’s Zazen (meditative practice), one need only to reflect or look inwardly or internally by “Dropping Off Mind and Body” as opposed to externally, so that one can become Buddha or a Bodhisattva by truly seeing one’s Original Face via one’s Shikantaza (just sitting), which one learns or finds that has always been there since the beginning less of time. Know that enlightenment and practice are one in the same and that actualization of reality is Genjokan.