Young martial artist kicking it big

Gangtok, 19 May:

An ambitious young taekwondo player from Sikkim is on his way to the top, winning medals after medals for the State and the Country.

18-year-old Pema Gyacho Sherpa recently won a bronze medal in senior men’s freestyle category in Pre-Asian Games held at Jakarta, Indonesia in March 2018.

Born and brought up in purano (old) Namchi, South Sikkim, 18-year-old Pema Gyacho Sherpa had his eyes set on achieving big. Passionate about taekwondo from a tender age of seven, his parents Chitra Kala Rai and Nima Sangay Sherpa helped the boy hone his skills which in time bore fruits.

“My parents have always been supportive of me. In fact, they are the ones who pushed me to take up the sport and work towards doing something with it,” Pema said.

Pema Gyacho has participated in various national and international taekwondo competitions many of which he has won.

Prior to winning a bronze medal in Pre Asian Games, he had participated and won a gold medal in Assam Guwahati Taekwondo Competition in 2010 in the sub-junior category.

He also won a gold medal at Dehradun, Uttarakhand Taekwondo Competition.

At World Taekwondo Hangmadang held in Pokhara, Nepal, Pema had brought home two bronze medals.

Gyacho believes that every youngster should learn taekwondo for self-defense.

“One can equally learn wushu, kungfu, karate, kickboxing and muay-thai too. Self-defense is very necessary nowadays. Given the present scenario, one should take up at least one self defense sport,” he adds.

Pema further shares that he wants to be an acclaimed international taekwondo player in the future and hopes to open his own academy in Sikkim.

“Everything has limits but in order to be invincible and immortal in your field, one should definitely go beyond one's limits,” he says.