Mangaluru: Karthik Kateel - Karate champ with concern for women safety

Johnas Sequeira
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Oct 13: At first glance, he may seem like a harmless bloke, but once he gets into action with his superb martial arts skills, he will have your jaws dropping in awe. Meet Karthik S Kateel, all of just 23 years, who has not only won laurels aplenty in martial arts but is training other people as well, especially women, in self-defense techniques.

Karthik started learning karate at the age of 6 under the guidance of Sensei Eswar Kateel and was awarded blackbelt at the age of 14. From the very beginning he was inspired by martial arts legends like Tony Jaa, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Scott Adkins and Jet li. He learnt Taekwondo, Muay Thai and JuJistu on his own, by watching various videos from internet sites. He has even learnt foreign martial arts movements andkicks which are new to India.

Karthik was born on October 16, 1992 to Suresh Kateel, a professor in the history department at SDPTFG College, Kateel, and Shobhalatha, a dance teacher. He is the only son to his parents. Karthik has completed BSc and is presently pursuing masters in English literature.

Apart from his achievements, what is commendable is the fact that he has used his talent to empower women through his 'Swaraksha' programme. He has covered 225 institutions and trained about 55,000 girls and women right from 11 to 65-year-olds. Each workshop is of 75 minutes. He has conducted these workshops in various districts of Karnataka like Mangaluru, Udupi, Mysuru, Mandya, Madikeri and Bengaluru in a span of just over a year. He has even covered the remote government schools and colleges. His mother has been a constant support and has even joined him in this training programme.

Karthik feels all women should know simple techniques of self-defense. "It is better to protect oneself than depending on others. There are very simple techniques women of any age can learn to protect themselves," he says.

He has won lot of appreciation for teaching these techniques. He is of the opinion that every institution should conduct such workshops. "This will make the women self-reliant and give them confidence to fight back, rather than depending on others to protect them," he feels. All the techniques are simple and designed by him.

Karthik aims to cover a maximum number of institutions in Karnataka thereby training a maximum number of students, and then continue his training programmes in other states. His main motto behind starting this programme was empowerment of women, he says, adding that in future, he plans to design martial arts techniques specifically for Indians.

Asked about his workout routine, he said, "I do a lot of workout and walking to keep myself fit. A good workout not only tones the body but brings positive changes in oneself, helps one gain self-respect, confidence, balance, ability to defend onself, and helps in overall personality development."

Karthik's bag of achievements brims with medals. He has won gold medals in martial arts 6 times at the national level and 16 times at the state level. Apart from martial arts he has interest in paper craft, volleyball and other sports. He has also won gold medal in a state-level seminar and powerpoint presentation.

For all these achievements, he has been featured on special programmes on TV channels and radio, besides several articles in the print media. He has also conducted self-defense training under the banner of Radio Mirchi 98.3FM. He has been honoured with the title "Karate Maantrika Karthik S Kateel" by Dakshina Kannada district Ganiga Yane Sapaliga Sangha.

He has also been conferred the 'Yuva Prathibha Puraskar' by district Kannada Sahitya Parishat and Kallkura Prathishtana on the occasion of birth anniversary celebration of Kota Shivaram Karanth.

Indeed, Karthik is an inspiration for all.

Those who wish to contact him can do so at the following:

Karthik S Kateel
Facebook/Youtube/Google :KARTHIK S KATEEL
Email :
Mobile number : 9632955086, 7411245545.



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  • Sana Mariyam, Mangaluru

    Tue, Aug 30 2016

    Your just awsome !!! Wish you good luck

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  • karthik s kateel, kateel

    Wed, Oct 14 2015

    thank u everyone... keep blessing me always

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  • Shivaprasad Shetty, Mudayi Guttu Ajar / Kateel

    Wed, Oct 14 2015

    He made our place proud, good luck Karthik.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Oct 14 2015

    Teach our sisters how to cripple the Rapist by kicking between his legs ...

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  • suresh pai, permude/dubai

    Wed, Oct 14 2015

    Congratulations Mr Karthik.Kateel Durgaparameshwari Ammana Ashirwaada yepala yerena mitt uppad.

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  • Abdul Jabbar, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 13 2015

    Great work Karthik...You are doing a wonderful job by training women and giving back to the society..We need to learn a lot from you..I wish there are more people like you.

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  • karthik s kateel, mangalore

    Tue, Oct 13 2015

    i am really thankful to daijiworld for recognizing me and publishing about me.... i am also thankful to all the readers for your valuable likes and comments... always keep supporting and blessing me in my future endeavours.. thank u soo much

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  • ibrahim, Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 13 2015

    Oh boy...what a jump....
    Reminds Bruce lee first movie
    Enter the dragon
    Bruce lee's facial expressions were extra ordinary, fire in his eyes and anger in his face.....
    Bruce lee the greatest

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 13 2015

    Good work Karthik Kateel.
    He is a good humble human too.
    Martial arts should be compulsory subject in all schools.
    It has lot of health and well being benefits.

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  • Ananth Prabhu, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 13 2015

    I know Karthik personally and he had visited Vikas PU College to deliver a lecture on Women Safety and tips for self defense. The best part about him is, he is a very humble human being and always smiling! God bless him! He has a very bright future ahead!

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  • Chitrakumar, Kateel

    Tue, Oct 13 2015

    First of all, congratulations to Mr Karthik. In the present day world, Karate is very very important, especially for women, for self-defence. If the women or ladies are able to protect themselves with the help of Karate, the parents can send their girl children out after 06.00 p.m. or any time. I was a student of Prof Suresh. you are a great asset to your parents and also to any institute or company which acquires your service. Wish you all the best. Once again congratulations for conducting many workshops in different places at this age.

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  • Gowri Shankar, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 13 2015

    Remember my good old college days when we used to train Karate in Light House hill road. Young blood, lot of energy and lot of determination. I too believe all both boys and girls should take up this self-defence training which cna be handy in need of crisis. Wish Good Luck to Karthik, and hopefully he will train many more youngsters self-defence techniques.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Tue, Oct 13 2015

    It's an advantage to learn martial art to build self-confidence and courage to face or defend from attackers, Rapist or any encounter to some extent. Still, precaution is best cure.
    All the best ladies.

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    Tue, Oct 13 2015

    Martial art is the real power of self defence. Great work, keep going, Wish you lots of success Karthik.

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Tue, Oct 13 2015

    My choicest blessings to this young man. I wish you good luck and success in fulfilling your dream. Taking you as a role model, let there be many more youth working towards a society that is safe to live in.

    Men and women, boys and girls all do have a right to live a life of dignity. None can harm other's happy existence. Martial Arts teaches just that - do not attack, at the same time be prepared while others attack you.

    Learning self defense skills and using it for the well-being of others is an exemplary discipline all should emulate from motivators like Karthik Kateel.

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