Phurba Sherpa

The Martial Arts Wonder

For every one step she climbed, she slipped four. But instead of bowing down to adversities, she stood up strong and fought like a true warrior – proving her might in both, Wushu and Kickboxing.

Phurba Sherpa: National Champion - Kick Boxing. I would like to share her story in her own words.

“I come from a poverty-stricken remote village in Sikkim where there are no roads nor education. I come from a poor family with six brothers and sisters. By the time I was eight years old my elder brother and sister left home. As a result, I couldn’t go to school in order to work and shoulder the responsibility of the house. I somehow managed to pass the 8th class exam. Things just continued to get worse. My father took ill and we rushed him to Gangtok hospital. My cousin and his wife came to visit my Dad. They asked me if I was interested in studying. They offered that I remain with them in Gangtok to teach their children to study and I pursue my studies. My life journey began in Gangtok.

Soon I left my cousin’s home and decided to take up some work in order to educate my younger brothers and sister. Since childhood, I was struggling and faced so many hardships as a result of which I became strong and aggressive.

In 2005, I joined Wushu Chinese martial arts. Wushu is similar to Kung Fu. I have won:
- 2 Gold medals in state level North East championship
- 2 Gold in district level
- 2nd NE sub junior, junior and senior Wushu championship
- silver medal held at Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
- 7th Sub junior national Wushu championship held at Paddal stadium, HP
… and more.

In 2008, I got selected for Wushu Asian championship, Indonesia and was getting two months special training. Returned home to see my father expired. The entire responsibility of looking after my family was on me. So, I discontinued Wushu in 2010. In 2011, I took the position as a sports teacher. In 2008, I played kickboxing for North East championship and won the gold medal and the best fighter award. In 2014, the kickboxing coach wanted me to play the national championship for Kickboxing. I refused as I did not have sufficient practice but then he convinced me to play. I did well in the National championship. I continued to practice with Kickboxing from 2014. Younger brother joined the army as an OT technician and my younger sister is completing her graduation this year. The environment we live in Sikkim is remote and poverty-stricken.”

This friend Phurba had so many achievements tucked under her sleeve that she left us tongue tied. We admired her dynamic personality, her perseverance, and hard work… self-made with no support from family. It won’t be long before India bags the No1 place in the world of sports.


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