M. Bimoljit Singh

M. Bimoljit Singh, also known as Mayanglambam Bimoljit (born 1983), is an Indian born Wushu player from Kakching, Thoubal district in Manipur. Awarded the Arjun Award (for Wushu) in 2012 and Rajiv Gandhi State Award (for Wushu) in 2011, Bilmoljit is also a two times Asian Games Bronze Medalist 2006 and 2010, and a two times National Gold Medalist (2009 and 2011).[1][2]

M. Bimoljit Singh
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Winning the Asian Games Bronze Medal in Wushu in 2010
Personal information
NationalityIndian
Born1983 (1983) (age 39)
Thoubal District, Manipur, India
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
Sport
CountryIndia
SportWushu
Event(s)Sanda
Medal record
Men's Sanda
Representing  India
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Doha 60 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Guangzhou 60 kg

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Bimoljit was born as Mayanglambam Bimoljit Singh to Mayanglambam Naren Singh and Mayanglambam Ongbi Shakuntala Devi at Kakching, Turel Wangma, which is located in Thoubal District of Manipur. He is the fifth Child of his parents, with three brothers and two sisters above him. When he was 13 years old, he was introduced to Kungfu and earned a black belt under Kshetrimayum Jugeshwar Singh. This was a time when martial arts was not a popular sport in the country, and with little encouragement of the sport, as well as being economically deprived, Bimojit faced many difficulties during his early days. Financial constraints even made him to be deprived of many opportunities to participate in National and International competitions, although being selected to compete in the sport. However, through sheer determination, Bimoljit was able to secure more than 40 Gold medals in various District, State, North-East India, and National Level martial arts competitions.

BreakthroughEdit

Through some suggestions made by a gentleman at Guwahati bus station, Bimoljit went to Arunachal Pradesh in September 2002 to set up his own Kung-Fu training Institute and popularize the sport. Despite difficulties, he was able to set up a Kungfu Institute, named “Shaolin Kung-Fu Training School” in Naharagun, a town in the Himalayan foothills in Arunachal Pradesh, and by 2004, the institute got affiliated to Indian Wushu Federation for Arunachal Pradesh. This recognition and support allowed him to participate in various Wushu competitions, and recognition came early for him in 2004 itself, when he won Gold in the first All India Invitation National Wushu Championship held at Mandi, Himachal, in 60 kg weight category. This brought him into the national limelight, and since then, his Wushu's career has taken off.[2]

Achievements: 2005 – 2016Edit

Bimoljit joined CRPF in 2005, and serving in the army made him focus on Wushu practice with better and proper diet. Later he participated in Two National Games begging Gold medals in both Games, Six National Championship begging 5 Golds, and 1 Silver and 12 times in International Championship with at least two gold medals including two consecutive Bronze medals for India at 15th Asian games, Doha (lone Indian Wushu medalist), 2006 and 16th Guangzhou Asian Games, 2010.[3] As he was the first and the lone Indian Wushu medalist at the Doha Asian Games, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Government of India recognized Wushu event in the priority list.[2] For his exceptional contribution in Wushu sports, the Delhi Government conferred him with the ‘Rajiv Gandhi State Award’, in Delhi in 2011.He was also honored with Arjuna Award, the Nation's highest sports award in 2012 by the Government of India, for his effort, performance, and achievements, as well as popularizing Wushu Sport in India.[4] As of 2016, in order to produce more players in this sport, and to bring out the significance of this sport, the Government of Manipur offered him to teach and to work as Coach at Regular Coaching Center (RCC), Youth Affairs Sports Department at Khuman Lampak in Imphal.

RecognitionsEdit

  • Arjun Award 2012 (WUSHU)
  • Rajiv Gandhi State Award in Delhi 2011 (WUSHU)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mayanglambam Bimoljit Singh". SportingIndia.com. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Asian Games: Wushu player Bimoljit Singh wins bronze, Sandhyarani assures India of silver | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". Dnaindia.com. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Welcome to Wushu Association of India". Wushuindia.in. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Rajiv gandhi, Gandhi and Hard work on Pinterest". Pinterest.com. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2016.