Yashpal Singh Kalsi was born in 1978. A Sikh boy who
started learning Karate in 1986 at the age of 8, he became captain
of his school karate team. Later in 1990 he joined a professional
karate training school run by the accomplished Sensei A. B. George,
and received his black belt six years later, in 1996.
In 1998 Yashpal Singh switch the Indian Martial Arts
Academy headed by Sensei A. B. George and joined affiliated clubs
with the All-India Karate-Do Federation, with the goals of excelling
in the field and proving himself in the highly regarded National
Yashpal was awarded many titles, trophies and medals during his
student life, and when he made the transition to professional
competition, was a regular medalist at State, National and
International Karate Championships.
To this day he participates in kata competitions, most recently
winning the Swedish Open International Karate Championship in 2013,
One of Yashpal's influencers was Sensei Bharat Sharma, who
introduced him to Dai Sensei Moses Thilak, one of Asia's most
respected martial arts personalities, and India's most senior karate
In 1999, Yashpal was promoted to 2nd Dan, and received his 3rd Dan
Four years later, in 2003.
After the death of Sensei Moses Thilak in 2004, with no option left
to him, he joined the Itosu Kai organization. Then, in 2005, he
joined Seiko Kai; a Canada/Japan-based organization headed by Soke
Seiko Suzuki. in 2006 Yashpal Singh was awarded the Black Belt 4th
Dan from Seiko Kai.
From 2007 till today, Yashpal Singh has represented Sanshinkan
International, a Sweden-based organisation run by the well-known and
highly respected Soke Tamas Weber.
One of Yashpal's biggest challenges was a long-term, hereditary eye
problem- a weak retina. At the age of 12, doctors advised him to
stop his martial arts training to avoid the risk of further
complication and in the worst case, permanent blindness. Over time
he has undergone multiple minor and major operations to keep the
complication in check.
One of India's most gifted karate competitors had to step down from
But this man never wanted to give up and continued to train karate,
and to pass on his vast knowledge of the martial arts to students
from all walks of life.
Over time his diligent efforts were repaid, as his student group
steadily grew, attracting people from not only India, but Greece,
U.S.A, Chile, Malaysia, South Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal
the U.K., and many other places. A number of his students continue
to represent India in national tournaments and official world
Among other activities, he has provided high level training to
India's elite force - the Black Cat Commandos, and continuously
works with the Haryana Police.
In 2013, Yashpal earned his Black Belt 6th Dan, one of the highest
distinctions in the martial arts world.
Yashpal Singh Kalsi is an internationally attested Karate and Mixed
Martial Arts trainer, currently running a training centres in
Gurgaon and Delhi.