THE INDIAN SCENARIO
In India Kyokushin karate entered in the year 1977. Shihan Shivaji Ganguly,then 21 started practicing Kyokushin Karate. In 1982 Shihan Ganguly completed his shodan and won the 1st runners up trophy in Asian Championship in Singapore which highlighted India in the map of Kyokushin karate. Soon after that corruption started invading Kyokushin in India. He being a man of principles stood against the corruption and started newly. He received huge support from all the contemporary students .
Soon after that he got an opportunity to train under the founder of Kyokushin Karate himself. His dedication made him one of the favourite students of Sosai Mas Oyama. Many tried along with him but could not withstand the intensity of the uchideshi training which he went through. He completed Nidan by doing 20 men kumite under the supervision of Sosai himself. He was the only Indian who was allowed by Sosai to appear for third dan within 10 months. He lived upto his guru ‘s expectation and impeccably completed 30 men kumite ( one minute each ) atHonbu (World H.Q. , Japan) and received the belt from Sosai’s hand . Being a native of a third world country this was really difficult for him both economically and physically. But seeing his iron determination Sosai gave him the charge as a branch chief.
It is because of him that Sosai came to India in 1991 as a chief guest of the National tournament which was started by Shihan Ganguly in the name of Sosai Mas Oyama – “Oyama Cup”. Read More...
Seeing his wonderful advancements in 1991 Sosai awarded him with 5th Dan in the branch chief camp at Ugawara , Japan. He started his work vigorously and with full determination he dedicated himself for the propagation of the art nationally. He selflessly started teaching the art to the young generation. At that time he became the only icon of Karate in West Bengal and in India. The youth started following him then.
During that time without thinking of getting benefitted economically he even taught many poor and underprivileged students free of cost. Mr. Ganguly became more popular in the karate world of India. His performance and strength started inspiring people and the other karatekas from other organisations got attracted towards Mas Oyama’sBudo Karate. He used to follow Mas Oyama’s principles of BUDO spirit blindly and has never compromised with indiscipline. Shihan Ganguly formed the organization like his family with intense love and care , spending not only years , months and days , but also every minute and second behind the development of his students and tried to inculcate the true Budospirit in them .
After Sosai’s death when the mother organization got divided he chose KyokushinKai from its inception and stood firmly with the organization whereas his contemporaries chose the organization led by Mr. Matsui. He was named as Asian Chairman in 1996 and from then onwards he founded KyokushinKai India under the leadership of WKO and dedicatedly started working for the development of the organization. However, the organisation joined in collaboration with IKO World So-Kyokushin on October 2016 due to unavoidable circumstances. He served the organization as the Asian Representative for 16 years and then he resigned and became the country representative of India. He is still carrying on with full dedication at the age of 60. The Indian organization is a government registered body and is running democratically with Shihan Ganguly working as a president.