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Sharmistha Das: Passion and Perseverance Personified

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Hailing from the picturesque town of Agartala in Tripura, our online learner, Sharmistha Das, is a woman driven by passion and perseverance. Married to a software developer at Apple, Sharmistha works as a quality manager. Not just that, she’s a passionate dancer whose special interests lie in martial arts as well. Let’s take a deep dive into her inspiring journey.   

Sharmishta’s family  

“My father is the principal of Mohanbhog Government School, and my mother provides unwavering support in the family’s journey. I have a brother who is an ENT specialist. Our family is complete with the joyous presence of our daughter, who is in 4th grade,” she says.  

Truly passionate about Shitō-ryū martial arts  

After work, Sharmistha dedicatedly practices Shitō-ryū martial arts for three hours daily. Speaking about her experience learning the art form, she says, “The training sessions presented a unique challenge as I found myself alongside small children, and managing these kids was a considerable challenge. At times, I felt a bit uncomfortable, but as time progressed, I discovered enjoyment in their company. Over time, I learned to handle situations with composure and confidence, focusing on the skills and knowledge I was gaining. I also managed office work and training simultaneously.”  

“Martial arts improved my mental wellbeing.”  

“Engaging in martial arts not only improved my physical fitness but also my mental well-being. The regular practice left me feeling energised, active, and notably more confident, even when going out alone during odd hours,” Sharmistha adds.  

Well, there’s more to Sharmistha’s passion and interests; in 2019, she enrolled her daughter in a karate class under the International Achievers Shitō-ryū Karate Association of India. Intrigued by learning self-defence and inspired by her active and hardworking nature, Master M. Philips Raj suggested she join the class too.  

Shitō-ryū Karate: an effective self-defense technique  

Shitō-ryū Karate, a prominent Okinawan style founded by Kenwa Mabuni in the early 20th century, transcends being just a martial art; it’s a journey of discipline, resilience, and self-discovery. Emphasising that progress goes beyond speed and strength, Shitō-ryū focuses on refining techniques, sharpening minds, and perfecting character in the dojo. Each strike and stance symbolize a commitment to self-improvement and sculpting not just the body but one’s character. Guided by principles of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit, Shitō-ryū not only makes one a martial artist but a better human being. The essence of this art lies in personal growth, not just belts or tournament victories.  

Speaking about where her desire for martial arts and Karate stemmed, she says, “Firstly, my motivation stemmed from a desire to empower my daughter with physical strength to ensure her safety. My personal experiences at the workplace became an additional catalyst for my journey into Shitō-ryū. In the office environment, I often felt a sense of discomfort. To address this and enhance my confidence and fitness, I made the deliberate decision to join Shitō-ryū martial arts.”  

“As you train, let your passion fuel your perseverance. Embrace the discipline, for it’s the foundation upon which your success in both karate and life will be built. Life is too short; learn whatever you like, which gives you peace and happiness,” Sharmistha adds.  

“Every girl should learn martial arts to empower and safeguard themselves. Step onto the dojo with courage, focus on goals, and let Shitō-ryū’s spirit lead you to become the best version of yourself, both within and beyond the dojo,” Sharmistha feels.  

Apart from her love for karate and martial arts, Sharmistha is a passionate dancer. Along with her special interest in singing, yoga, and swimming, she was selected for the RD national camp from the NCC 3 PB battalion group in 2010.  

A successful professional journey spanning 8 years  

Sharmistha is an engineering graduate. After completing her undergrad, she obtained a diploma in product design in Bangalore. She then started working as a quality manager and has eight years of professional experience.  

“My professional journey began in 2010 at Ramky Group, where I served as a resources engineer (O2) in Kolkata and Tripura. Later, I transitioned to Jesmajo Industrial Fabrication Karnataka Pvt. Ltd. in Bangalore, taking on the role of plant coordinator. In 2016, I joined the Merit Research Society in Agartala, Tripura, as a science teacher. From 2018 to 2021, I contributed significantly to Air Action Equipment in Bangalore as a quality manager. Currently, I am a music teacher at Dev-In National (CBSE) and Devin Academy Learning (ICSE, State) School in Bangalore since 2022,” she says.  


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