Amit Modak holds the world record for fastest punches in a second
An unemployed martial arts exponent who holds the world record for the fast punches in a second is passing on his expertise to poor students of government schools with a mission.
Amit Modak, a resident of Gamharia in Seraikela-Kharsawan district seems least disillusioned for not getting a job and has embarked on a mission to prepare school students for the role of martial arts teachers in government and private schools.
“I am no longer interested in getting a government job. I have run from pillar to post for a job but nothing moved forward. It’s a very tough job for a sportsperson to get a government job in Jharkhand. But I am not disappointed and thought to train school students so that they can get a job as martial arts teachers,” the 22-year-old said.
Modak trains students in Seraikela-Kharsawan, Simdega, Hazaribag and Ranchi. One of his trainee, Ganesh Deogam, has landed a job in Bihar police under sports quota. “I feel highly satisfied that one of trainees has got a job,” he said. He has trained some youths who also train students at different centres.
Modak achieved the feat for the fastest punches (10 punches in one second) in January last year. The High Range Book of World Records, a Hyderabad-based organisation established to explore talented , creative, outstanding, innovative or philanthropic people and honour them by certificates, recognised the skills of the youngster.
He applied to the High Range Book of World Records whose jury watched his punches in New Delhi. The jury again invited him to Durgapur in Bengal and certified his taekwondo punches.
“I was very optimistic that I would get a job but things came a cropper,” Modak said.
Modak, who excels in karate and taekwondo, head the Youngistan Warriors of Martial Arts, an NGO formed earlier this year. “I train school students under my NGO for free. The training has been discontinued owing to the pandemic but I will be on the job once schools reopen,” he added.
According to him, the students of standard V to X are keen to learn martial art and he feels happy watching them work hard. “Though it’s just a start, I feel satisfied by the keenness of the students. I am sure my hard work will pay dividends in times to come. I have to patient and hope for the best,” Modak said.
Modak, who has won medals in national and international competitions, is also working on women empowerment under Beti Padhao Beti Bachao Abhiyan.