International Shotokan Karate-Do Organization – India / Canada’s Founder, President and Grand Master, Hanshi Lion “Rajaguru” T. Ravindran has been dedicated to Martial Arts since 1965.  He is well trained in Kalari, Kung Fu, Karate, Silambam, Kick Boxing, Weapons Training, Judo, Gymnastics, Self-Defence Techniques, along with Yoga and Meditation for controlling the mind, all of which he trained in India and Malaysia.  In the year 2021, he completed 56 years in the Science of Martial Arts and 51 years in the Devotion of Social Service.

Hanshi Rajaguru has organized many tournaments, special training camps, and seminars at the State, National and International levels.

In the 1983 International Karate Tournament that was held in Malaysia, Hanshi Rajaguru won the Class ‘A’ First Championship (Gold Medalist) and International Grand Championship (Gold Medalist).  He is a 9th Dan Black Belt (Kudan) in Karate, which has been recognized by International Karate Organizations.

Hanshi Rajaguru is also the Honorary President of Committee Organizations of the Pan American Karate (COPAK) – Brazil, All India Director of Grand Masters Council – USA, Honorary President of Mansuria Kung Fu International Organization (MKF), Vice-President of Chennai District Sports Karate Association (CDSKA), member of the Lions Clubs International, was the Zone Chairperson and is currently the District Chairperson of Chennai District 324A1 of Lions Clubs International.

Utilizing both Martial Arts and Spirituality, he encourages his students to be further involved in Social Service as his primary goal.  RGR Foundation is a welfare organization that Hanshi Rajaguru operates to help children and the weaker section people that are in need.  He also commenced International Peoples Rights Protection, to ensure proper justice is received to all.

Grand Master Rajaguru T. Ravindran’s father, Late P. Thangappan was his first Guru (Master) who trained him in martial arts since 1965. 

The most important & respectable Martial Artists/Guides/Well Wishers for the success of Grand Master Rajaguru’s Martial Arts life at the National and International level are Late Asan Ezhumalai (Silambam/Boxing), Late Hing Sifu R. Shekhar (Founder & Grand Master of Mansuria Kung-Fu International), Late Hayashi Gogen Yamaguchi (World Grand Master of Karate – Japan), Late Renshi Dr. R.V.T. Mani (India’s Father of Karate), Late Soke John Samson Dass (Founder/President/Grand Master – Karate Speed Power International Shotokan-Do Organization – Malaysia), Late Dai Sensei Dr. Moses Thilak (Chairman of All India Karate-Do Federation – AIKF), Late O-Sensei Masami Tsuruoka (Canada’s Father of Karate), Late Soke Carlo Henke (Past President – World United Karate Organization), and Late Soke Eiji Ogasahara (Past Hon. President – World United Karate Organization).

The promoters in Grand Master Rajaguru’s martial arts life are Late Pon. Paramaguru IPS (First Director General of Police – Tamil Nadu), Late J.C. Marwaha IOFS (General Manager – HVF – Heavy Vehicles Factory), Shri S. Ramaswamy IOFS (General Manager – OCF – Ordnance Clothing Factory), Shri Ravikumar Paul (Advocate – Chennai High Court), Shri J.S. David (Correspondent of Nazareth Schools & College), Rotarian Shri R.K. Bakshi (Prop. D.K. Chemicals – Mumbai), Late Asan P.G. Ramu (Stunt Master), and his brother R. Senthil Kumar (International Sole Representative – ISKO).

While working at the Ordnance Clothing Factory (Ministry of Defence), Hanshi Rajaguru taught Martial Arts (Karate) to numerous employees and officials along with their children.  He taught martial arts to hundreds of students in schools and colleges, including the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Tamil Nadu Special Police (TSP) and their children.

While working at OCF, the Ministry of Defence, Hanshi Rajaguru was honoured and awarded “International Best Achiever in Karate” by Former President Late Honourable Shri R. Venkataraman (when he was the Defence Minister) on behalf of the Ordnance Factories Board for winning the International Grand Championship (Gold Medalist) in the 1983 International Karate Tournament that took place in Malaysia.

Since 1970 for Grand Master Rajaguru’s service in Martial Arts and his involvement in Social Service, he received many awards from elders, distinguished high officials, government officials, doctorates, martial arts organizations, and social service organizations.  To name a few are: Rajaguru, Messenger of Peace, Seva Ratna – True Symbol of Social Service, Jambavan, Karate Star, Kind Heartedness, Maha Aishwaryam, Best National Social Worker, Manitha Neyar – Best Humanitarian, Best Guide in Life for Youth, Veera Ratna – True Symbol of Braveness, Best National Integrator, Best National Sports Man, Best Chief Technical Director, Life Achievement Award, Best International Martial Arts Saint, Mamallan, Bodhi Dharma, Teacher Excellence, Best Guide in Life for Social Service, Neyam Award 2020, etc.

Also honouring him at the International level in countries like Canada, the U.S.A., Malaysia, Thailand, he received awards such as Lifetime Achievement Award, Outstanding Civic Leadership Award, Outstanding Excellence Award, International Sports Award etc.

Grand Master Rajaguru has karate training centres throughout India in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, etc. 

Also, wanting to spread the pride of martial arts that originated in India, to youth in other countries, through his martial arts classes, Hanshi Rajaguru has been teaching martial arts with spirituality and has been encouraging his students to take the right path in life since 1994 in Canada. 

Furthermore, for the development of martial arts and spirituality, he travelled to countries such as U.S.A., Canada, England, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Holland, Switzerland, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Dubai, Thailand etc.

He says the reason behind his martial arts involvement is God’s grace, Parents’ blessings, and Revolutionary Leader M.G.R.’s movie fight scenes and his social services, that he watched during his childhood.  All of this determined him to learn martial arts and be involved in social service.

Grand Master Rajaguru further stated, for Parents, their Children are their lifetime treasure and, for Children, their Education is their lifelong treasure. To keep the two treasures safe, parents must find the right Guru(Teacher) for their children to attain precise thoughts, self-control, complete self-confidence, fulfilled wisdom to live peacefully, along with education.  As a result, the child will live prosperously with God’s grace and their Parents’ blessings, and at the same time serve their family and society.  It is the Parents’ and the Guru’s responsibility to flourish the talented children and youth who have a lot of affection, positively.

Grand Master Rajaguru keeps his thoughts and characters on his fingers.  He keeps Mother, Father, Guru (Teacher), God and Family as his thoughts on his right-hand fingers and True Love, Patience, Calmness, Discipline and Braveness as his characters on his left-hand fingers.  He promisingly states, if we keep both these hands together and bow to others, while keeping True Love in one eye and True Service in the other eye, along with the principles of Truth, Righteousness, Honesty, Justice, and Reason, then we can realize True Spirituality.

He states in life, during this strife age (kali yuga), Truth will be tested and will go through sorrow, hard times, defeat and failure.  But we should not let that put us down.  Instead, we should assume Truth Never Dies and leave everything in our life up to God and live peacefully.

Furthermore, if your thoughts are good, your actions will be good.  If your actions are good, your life will be good.  If your life is good, you will attain peace.  Once you attain peace, you will be able to realize God.

Thus, instead of ruminating on what others do for you, you should realize others’ souls and reveal true love, and carry out true service towards them and live as a good citizen. I can assure you with full faith, the only two actions that will reach God are: the amount of True Service you do for your parents and the amount of Happiness you give others.

Grand Master Rajaguru’s goal is for his students to pursue the path of spirituality and do social service for the country and its people.  Grand Master Rajaguru has been helping underprivileged children and people in need, with food and education according to his ability since 1970.

We, Grand Master Rajaguru’s students, are honoured, proud and delighted to say that our Master keeps only true love as his goal and has been guiding many people to increase humanitarianism at the international level with his true devotion and affection.