About Us

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About Us

Druk American Shito-Ryu Karate Do (DASK) was formerly known as Shito-Ryu Karate Association of Bhutan (SKAB) and Bhutan Karate Federation (BKF). DASK has its roots in Nepal, while its founding leaders were living in exile as refugees. It is a hard earned martial art of hundreds of Bhutanese karatekas who are now residing in various countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Australia. Despite critical circumstances as refugee, Sensei Raney Rai, who was inspired by prominent Bhutanese karatekas, Senpai Shyam Pradhan, Senpai Talman Thapa, Senpai Dhan Rai, and Senpai Chatra Rai, began his karate journey in 1990. In the fall of 1992, Sensei Rai started the first dojo at Beldangi (1) refugee camp and later Sensei Tika Ram Rai joined the team in 1993 to start the dojo at Khudunabari camp that later on spread to five other remaining refugee camps. The dojos were launched primarily with the prospective objectives of youth engagement, instilling discipline and supplementing the co-curricular lacking in the camp at the initial phase of the camp establishment.
Bhutanese karatekas participated in various regional, national, South Asian & international tournaments representing the Bhutanese refugees in Nepal after its official recognition with Nepal National Karate Federation.
Druk American Shito-Ryu Karate Do (DASK) is a non-profit community based Karate organization committed toward its immediate community with special focus on engaging youth and adult for their positive development. DASK, as a member of USA Karate (USA NFK), was started in 2016 with its headquarter at Stone Mountain, Georgia. As also a member organization of International Mabuni-Ha Shito-Ryu Karate Association (IMSKA), New Jersey, DASK receives technical support in Kumite and Kata.

 

Our Vision

We envision a vibrant Karate organization with progressive and developed form of Shito-Ryu Style Karate program that is valued and recognized by the community for its commitment, leadership and quality of instruction/coaching and development of karate skills at par with modern day sports karate.

 

Our Mission

To strengthen the impact and effectiveness of Karate in positive development of children, youth, and adults.

 

Our Goal

We aim to provide opportunities to participants in expanding their knowledge in Shito-Ryu style Karate for self-discipline, self-awareness, self-defense, fitness, and social & mental well-being. We also aim at, to establish a nationally recognized program and prepare our students to national and international competitions.

 

DASK Core Values

#1  Discipline: DASK believes in self-discipline. Only through the art of self-discipline can we maintain consistency in our daily lives. And the consistency eventually leads to success. Since Karate is highly a disciplined form of art, it is through sustained self-discipline can we become who we become.

#2 Commitment: We commit to live by the core values of karate practicing true professionalism and sportsmanship in our words and actions. We understand that commitment is one of the key secrets of success without which any undertakings can never move to the desired goals. Therefore, our firm determination should be to live by values and achieve our cherished goals.

#3 Respect: We believe that respect is earned. One of the core values of our organization is to respect seniors and juniors and value every individual irrespective of their status or positions. We respect & comply with the decisions of the highest body of the organization and work what is within our jurisdiction.

#4 Integrity: Integrity is the soul of our value system. Integrity drives all other values. We assume that the degree of veracity we display in our daily personal & professional lives will determine who we are.  We value ourselves to value others. We anticipate that every member of DASK is honest in their commitment to uphold the values of our organization.

#5 Collectiveness: A person may be good at one thing but not at everything. Therefore, without collective and collaborative endeavor, it is impossible to achieve the whole. We firmly believe in collective decision and individual implementation. As an individual we cannot override the decision of the mass.

#6 Progressiveness: We do not to hang on status quo and maintain stereotype of thinking. We believe in transformation and every day growth. Our value system teaches us that we change with time & situations.

#7 Collaboration: Since DASK is a community based non-profit karate organization, our primary stakeholders should be the community we live in. DASK believes that without consistent cooperation and collaboration, the dream of modern community karate as envisioned may not come true. We should be the first to become the advocates of modern community karate.

#8 Pragmatic: No decisions or actions shall come under the influence of self-centeredness or egoism. It shall neither be guided by misconception or rumors but by virtue of fact. DASK believes that every associate is emotionally balanced & morally strong in order to make & follow the appropriate decisions.  DASK highly discourages being judgmental.

Our Board Member

Mr. Ran B. Rai
Mr. Ran B. Rai

[MEMBER/CHIEF INSTRUCTOR]

Mr. Hemant Ghising
Mr. Hemant Ghising

[PRESIDENT]

Mr. Amal Thulung
Mr. Amal Thulung

[SECRETARY]

Mr. Moni K. Rai
Mr. Moni K. Rai

[TREASURER]

Ms. Maya Lepcha
Ms. Maya Lepcha

[MEMBER]

Our Advisiors

Dr. Manoj Pradhan
Dr. Manoj Pradhan

[ GA ]

Mr. Sarman Samal
Mr. Sarman Samal

[ GA ]

Dr. Naresh Subba
Dr. Naresh Subba

[ OH ]

Mr. Tal Man Magar
Mr. Tal Man Magar

[ CA ]

Mr. Bahadur Subba
Mr. Bahadur Subba

[ GA ]

Mr. Guru Siwakoti
Mr. Guru Siwakoti

[ GA ]

Mr. Guru Subedi
Mr. Guru Subedi

[ NH ]

Mr. Vidyapati Mishra
Mr. Vidyapati Mishra

[ NC ]

Mr. Dhan Rai
Mr. Dhan Rai

[ IN ]