\Local Martial Arts fraternity loses Grandmaster Stephen Monasingh
The local Martial Arts and sporting fraternity has suffered a big loss following the passing of 10th Dan Grandmaster, Professor, Dr. Stephen Michael Monasingh on Thursday after a period of illness. He was 67 years of age.
Grandmaster Monasingh has been involved in Martial Arts for over 50 years. He was also awarded a Doctorate in Oriental Medicine and recognised internationally for his work. Professor Monasingh who has been involved in various martial arts styles over the years, achieved 10th Dan Grandmaster status for the style he developed, Shin Kaido, which is the best workable techniques of several styles that he would have done, which includes Taekwondo, Karate, Judo, Jujitsu and Aikido.
Dr. Monasingh was Guyana’s representative on the International Karate Organisation based in Japan During the 1960’s and 80’s. He led the organisation in Guyana for several years and was also Vice-Chairman of the South American chapter.He was recognised both home and mainly abroad for his immense contributions and knowledge of martial arts and oriental medicine.
A soft spoken individual, Professor Monasingh was able to train his students successfully, getting the best out of them by learning their strengths and weaknesses and helping them to become better. He led the Guyana Taekwondo Association for several years. He also worked at the Brazilian Embassy as the Aide to the Military Attaché for a number of years and was fluent in several languages.
Kaieteur Sport extends heartfelt condolences to his children and grandchildren and other relatives at this time of their bereavement.