The TELUS International Philippines acknowledged Shinkyokushinkai Karate

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!



Blaze of kicks, strikes, and punches excited the crowd as around 90 amazing karatekas from different full-contact organizations in the Philippines vied in the 5th National Full-Contact Karate Tournament held at the Bangkal Community Complex, Jan 26.

The said event, organized by Shinkyokushinkai Philippines spearheaded by Sensei Richard Picar, was composed of group kata competition and kumite for different categories.

But more than just the nerve-wracking affairs, impressive performances, and erratic plays, the tournament actually became an avenue for holistic learning. It bridged the gap between different organizations, and helped the karatekas gain peers through a common interest.

According to Sensei Richard, the tournament aims to hone the fighters’ discipline, sportsmanship, and camaraderie– values which are very essential for a karateka.

“There may be winners and non-winners, but in the end, it’s all about having fun. It’s about experience and learning, and being able to find some kind of communication with people who have the same passion and love for karate. That’s what matters,” sensei ended.

Meanwhile, other organizations who joined the tournament were IKKF Philippines, World Sokyokushin Philippines, Maambong Kyokushin Karate, and Tong Ill Moo-Do Philippines.

By: Joanna Guadalupe, 7th Kyu, Shinkyokushinkai Philippines


NEU Karate Club Performs in Unity Games Expo, Sends Out Important Message

Huge kicks, sharp strikes, powerful punches, and broken baseball bats filled the scene as the Shinkyokushinkai NEU Karate Club, led by Sensei Richard Picar and Senpai Paul Magahis, put on an amazing show during the Unity Games Expo held at the Philippine Arena, last Dec. 29, 2018.

The said demonstration started at around 11:45am, which involved amazing feats including kihon, ido geiko, kata, and the demo’s highlight, the bat breaking of Senpai Emmanuelle Santiago, Senpai Joshua Anilao, and Sensei Richard Picar— gaining huge claps and cheers, and leaving the audience in awe.

In an interview, Senpai Paul Magahis shared how they were able to perform in the said event: “We were sent an invitation to participate in the expo, and it was said that there is an opportunity for us to perform. We immediately jumped at the chance since it is a great opportunity not only for the students, but for the whole Shinkyokushinkai family as well.”

Senpai Tristan Ilay, a 1st kyu karateka and a former student of NEU, also shared his experiences prior to the event. According to him, he was so overwhelmed because they were able to perform well despite the fact that they practiced for only a week.

“There were a lot of sacrifices for this demo– early calltime, canceled vacations, work, and many more. But despite these, everyone still chose to train and practice; showing their deep commitment and passion for the sport. I hope this event becomes a stepping stone for Karate to be known and to be embraced by the public,” he added.

On the other hand, the said performance was more than just a martial art demonstration. It was also a commitment of sending out a message of peace through Karate. Because along with the powerful and symbolic routines, there is this reminder that sports has an important role in the society.

According to Sensei Richard, the demo aims to show and remind everyone that Karate is for self-defense. It should not be used as a means of hurting and bullying others..

“As a Karate instructor, never have I imagined using my skills nor teaching my students to use their skills to bully others. A true martial artist should embody the virtues of discipline and humility. A martial artist should use his skills to protect himself and others– not to cause them harm. I hope and I believe we were able to clearly deliver this message through our demonstration,” sensei ended.

Meanwhile, the Unity Games Expo in which the NEU Karate Club participated in is an annual event conducted by the religious sector Iglesia ni Cristo, which aims to showcase the skills and talents through sports such as basketball, taekwondo, karate, and the like.

By: Joanna Guadalupe/7th kyu