New Delhi, Nov 27: News 24 on Monday honoured the first Indian to ever train at the legendary Shaolin Temple. He is Kanishka Sharma, a certified Shaolin master who returned to India to set up his own martial arts training camp near Nainital. Granted the title of Shifu (Master), Abbot Shi Yongxin also blessed Sharma with the Buddhist name ‘Shi Yan You’, which means ‘perfect’, in recognition of his skills. Trained in unique martial arts like Kungfu Toa, Muay Chaiya, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Kalaripayattu and Sanshou Shifu, Kanishka is also the first Indian to have brought the deadly combat system of Pekiti Tirsia Kali to India.
He was conferred with the Jashn-e-Youngistan Samman for Popularising Martial Arts in India by Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju.
The award is part of News24's unique initiative to appreciate and encourage the dynamic young power of the country as it is the youth in whose hands lie the future of a nation. The Young India is laying the foundation of a New India, an India that is making a world-wide impression. News24 has thus taken the lead in promoting and honouring the youth of India with its first edition of Jashn-e-Youngistan.