The TELUS International Philippines acknowledged Shinkyokushinkai Karate to be part of Special Interest Group (SIG) officially on November 12, 2018. This is for all of employees to have free training sessions and engage with several events and activities, such as: tournaments,outdoor trainings, voluntary works and alike. SIG was created by the company to help employees to get back with what they are passionate about. This is also one of the main reason why employees are staying in this company. It is definitely a huge impact for the workers and as a karatekas to work and enjoy at the same time.
Working in the Philippine BPO industry is really difficult, one of the dangerous job-related health hazard based on the statistics. You can acquire mental and physical illness so easily if your lifestyle is just the typical going to your work place, party a lot, and home routine. It is also usual for us to just eat unhealthy food like fast food, junk food, drink alcoholic beverages a lot, smoke, and others. It is sad to say that this has been the usual practice of most employees in this industry.
As a Karateka, we wanted to share the discipline of Shinkyokushinkai Karate and embody the Dojo Kun which is the core pledge of Karate. We wanted to somehow, change the unhealthy lifestyles of our fellow men and contribute to the betterment of everyone. That is why we proposed to TELUS International Philippines Corporate events our objectives and goals of helping each employees which is not only to promote a work-life balance but we would like to provide Physical, Mental and Spiritual health by teaching each practitioners to pursue the true essence of Karate not just for physical fitness but for the holistic development of man, making him a better person, upright members, and respectable citizens of our society.
Shinkyokushinkai Karate started Demo Class back in March 11, 2016 by Sensei Richard Picar at TELUS Araneta Gym for an hour attended by few participants. We never knew that it was the start of a new journey for every one of us to see the beauty and fall in love with Karate. We keep growing in numbers and we no longer consider one another as a friend or comrade but we became family. We train hard and we’ve learned that our passion for this art teaches us something in our everyday life to commit ourselves for the true meaning of Karate, to be disciplined and focused, balancing both work and life that produces quality individuals.
We are so fortunate and grateful that we were given a chance by TELUS International Philippines an opportunity to meet Shinkyokushinkai Karate Philippines which gives us more encouragement to pursue what we really like. OSU!