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Bashap: A Bangladeshi martial art form

Bashap focuses on defense techniques using the legs

Update : 23 Sep 2018, 01:50 PM

Founded by Khaled Monsur Chowdhury in 1980, Bashap association established “Bashap” as a Bangladeshi martial art form that specializes in defense. This style of karate has been accepted by all karate federations worldwide.

Dhaka Metropolitan Additional Police Commissioner Sheikh Maruf Hasan has been contributing as the president of Bashap association since 2016. Along with founder and Secretary General Khaled Monsur Chowdhury, they aspire to take Bashap to a new level.

Rana Ahmed, main instructor of Bashap said: “Bashap is a Bangladeshi self-defense martial art where all our moves are taught in Bengali. We do not address our instructor as “sensei” like other Japanese martial art forms; instead we use “ostad,” a Bengali term for teacher, to show them respect.”

Bashap is mainly taught at Shaheed Suhrawardi Indoor Stadium at Mirpur 10 in Dhaka everyday from 4pm to 6:30pm. In the morning, they also teach at Viqarunnisa Noon School and College and Monipur High School.

Rana Ahmed continued: “We currently have over 200 students who are practicing this technique. We have branched out to Satkhira, Nilphamari, and even to India.”

This martial art form mainly emphasizes on using legs for defense. According to Rana Ahmed, learning Bashap can help you to learn other forms of martial arts.

Every year, the association organizes and participates in various competitions. They have an upcoming Karate Games competition this September and another one in November which will be held in India.

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