Irengbam Ajaykumar did not realise the true arts of Sarit Sarat of Thang Ta untill he won medals in Taekwondo and other martial arts.
Since the young age, Ajaykumar loved martial arts. He started his martial arts career in Taekwondo. However, he did not succeed much. Through his close friend, he met Thang Ta instructor Rajen who tested him and his talents. The coach instructed skills of indigenous form of physical combat ‘Sarit Sarat’ which is a part of martial art Thang Ta. Ajay improved and he won his first medal in Taekwondo.
Ajay touched different martial arts like wushu and muay thai boxing. Unlike other martial arts player, he used the techniques of Sarit Sarat which the opponent found difficult to understand. Ajay said “Sarit Sarat has so many similarities with other martial arts, if used wisely it can be widely used in other martial arts too. I used the techniques of Sarit Sarat which was instructed by my coach Rajen. I believe, there are so many hidden techniques of the art which any martial artist or a player can apply in their physical combat sports”.
The young man further stated, “I was also able to win my first international gold medal in Thaiboxing with the help of Sarit Sarat. My opponent was a very good fighter. In combat sports, a player can use some techniques of other forms of martial arts. I used some techniques of other forms of martial arts like taekwondo, wushu, etc, but the opponent could understand my strategy so well. At last, i remember the teachings of my coach and Sarit Sarat, used it and the player found difficult to understand my technique. He could not defend it and i could penetrate my attack”. Thus he won gold medal in the Asia Cup Thaiboxing Tittle Championship 2015 (31st July – 2nd August), Amritsar in Punjab in men’s senior 66kg category.
The young man from Manipur stated that a martial artist or physical combat sports person should learn other forms of martial arts too. The player should use wisely those techniques of the arts, “continued Ajaykumar. The wushu coach of Karnataka state team also stated that, “if a martial artist or a physical combat sports person is from Manipur, he or she must learn Sarit Sarat (Thang Ta). That will help him or her”.
Son of Irengbam Naba Kumar and Inakhunbi from Sagolband Moirang Leirak, Mr Ajaykumar won “Best Fighter awards in 2nd and 3rd National South Zone Wushu Championships held in 2009 and 2010 respectively at Bagalkot, Karnataka.
Presently working as PET teacher, official and coach, Ajaykumar has done studies in Indian Manipur martial arts for the last 10 years.