Abhishek Chakraborty

Zurich
Switzerland

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I’m Abi (Abhishek Chakraborty), born in a town called Chandannagore, India and have been in existence for a while. As a kid, I wanted to be a train driver, then a commercial airplane pilot, followed by the intention to join the Navy. Due to some miscalculation with time and lack of proper funding, none of these happened. So, I had to rethink and decided for a more academic option – Engineering. This actually happened! All this time though, I always felt that something isn’t quite right. Don’t get me wrong, I liked what I did. But there was this feeling that I should do something else.

It was sometime around early 2015 when yet another crazy thought came to my mind – I wanted to get back to a martial art that I used to do as a kid, called Budokan. So I did what most people would have done – I googled “Budokan Zurich”. Nothing came up; instead Google suggested “Budokon”. I got curious. I figured it’s a movement art invented by Kancho Cameron Shayne. It combines yoga, martial arts, animal movements and calisthenics. It’s impressively graceful and combines the spirit of a warrior with the humbleness of a yogi. But there was nobody to teach it in Zurich.

Now, I always thought that yoga is slow and mostly involves sitting on your butts and thinking about something ethereal. Seeing Budokon, changed my perception of yoga and I decided to give it a try. To my surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed it and it became a part of me. I came across some very good teachers and learnt a lot about myself – short hamstrings, tight lower back, open hips, etc. I also grew taller as my bones and joints stretched.

It was around this time when THE thought came to my mind – I wanted to quit my desk job and be a Budokon teacher. I registered for the 500 hour teacher’s training course in Budokon University, Miami and went for it. It was an intense, life-changing experience. You could read more about it here.

Currently, I’m working on bringing Budokon to Zurich.

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