WORLD MARTIAL ARTS BLACK BELT HALL OF FAME
GRANDMASTER OF THE YEAR 2012
DOCTOR OF MARTIAL ARTS 2008
SHIHAN NEWTON RAFIQUL ISLAM
Date of Birth: 30 June 1958
Positions / Portfolios
- Chief Instructor of the Bangladesh Dragon Karate Association
- President of the Bangladesh Karate Association
- General Secretary of the Bangladesh Association of Shito-Ryu Karate Do (Estd. 1995)
- Country Representative of Bangladesh Goshin-Ryu Karate Association
- Joint Secretary of the Bangladesh Karate Federation
- Authorised Instructor of the Malaysian Association of Shito-Ryu Karate Do.
- Associate Member of the International Martial Arts Research Institute.
- Member of Sabah Wushu Association
Place of Activity
History of Martial Arts Involvement
- 1974 – Started to learn Karate at Bangladesh Judo & Karate Federation, National Sports Council, Dhaka
- 1979 – Trained under Grand Master of Pakistan, Mr M.A Tai at the Tai’s Bando Karate Judo Art Center
- 1979 – K.G.A Gymkhana, Zinnan Road, Karachi-3, Pakistan
- 1991 – Participated in the 6th Asian SKF’s Championship
- 1992 – Participated in the Invitational Karate Championship & conducted tournament as am International Judge in June, Nepal.
- 1992 – Invited as Chief Guest by the South Asia Karate Association (SAKA) TO The 4th All India National Karate Championship in Sher-Shah Stadium, Rachi, Bihar, India.
- 1993 – Participated in The Prime Minister (B.P) Memorial International Invitational Karate Championship and conducted the tournament as am International Referee, organized by the Nepal Karate Federation.
- 1994 – Participated in The Open International Kick Boxing Karate Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 1995 – Participated in the First Asian Shito-Ryu Karate Seminar in Singapore
- 1996 – Participated in The 8th World Kuoshu Championship in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
- 1997 – Participated in the 2nd Shito – Ryu Karate Do Seminar, jointly organized by Asian Shito-Ryu Karate Do Federation and World Shito-Ryu Karate Do Federation in Singapore.
- 1997 – Participated in the Inter School Jitsu Kan Karate Tournament in Nashik, Mumbay India as a Chief Judge.
- 1998 – Participated in the 12th National Chung Chang Cup of Chinese Kuoshu Championship in I-Lan County, Taiwan ROC
- 2000 – Participated in The Malaysia Sarawak International Nanyang Wushu and Golden Lion Dance Millenium Festival 2000 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
- 2002 – Participated in the 7th Bangladesh Games as a Seminar Instructor at NSC Gymnasium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
- 2003 – Participated in the 17th National Karate Championship as a Seminar Instructor in Shahid Sarwadi Indoor Stadium, Mirpur India
- 2004 – Participated in the 10th International High School Karate and Kick Boxing Championship, as a Delegation leader, organized by Nepal Karate Federation in Kathmandu Nepal
- 2004 – Participated in the 1st Nepal – Bangladesh India International Friendship Karate Tournament as Chief Coach at Salt Lack Stadium, Kolkata, organized by Kolkata Gojukai Karate Club, West Bengal, India
- 2004 – Participated in the Karate Referring Seminar on the occasion of the Tommy Morris Cup 2004 Karate Championship at the Sports Council of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia organized by the Malaysia Karate Federation.
- 2005 – Participated as Special Guest and Kata Judge at the 2nd Sukokai Goodwill Karate Do Championship at Sugathdasa Indoor Stadium Colombo, Sri Lanka
- 2006 – Participated in the Karate Kata Seminar conducted by Hanshi Toshihiko Imanish, Black Belt 9th Dan and Sensei Kenji Kitamura of Shito Kai of Japan, in Sabah, Malaysia
- 2006 – Participated as a member of Jury and received a special Honorable Crest from SAF Games in The SAF Games Karate Competition at the 10th South Asian Games, Colombo
- 2006 – Participated in the 18th World Senior Karate Championship as a Special Coach and Team Manager of National Karate Team, organized by World Karate Federation in Tempore, Finland
- 2006 – Participated as a Special Guest at the 2nd Korea International Open Championship, organized by the Korea Karate Do Federation held in Busan, Korea
- 2007 – Participated in the Karate Instructor’s Seminar and Examination, organized by the Malaysian Association of Shito Ryu Karate Do and received an International Karate Instructor’s License.
- 2007 – Participated in the 2nd World Karate Championship, organized by the World Union Karate Do Organization (WUKO) in Valencia, Spain
- 2008 – Inducted to the World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall Of Fame 2008 as “Doctor Of Martial Arts”
- 2012 - Inducted to the World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall Of Fame 2012 as “Doctor Of Martial Arts”
Achievements / Honours / Awards
- 1978 – Received Black belt from GrandMaster of Myanmar, Mr. Khin Maung Gyi of Nagamin Martial Art’s Center in Dhaka
- 1979 – The First Bangledeshi to receive International Karate Black belt, 1st Dan from Grand Master of Pakistan, Mr. M.A. Tai.
- Received Black Belt 2nd Dan in Budokan from International Grand Master of Karate Bodokan, Mr. Chew Choo Soot, Black belt, 8th Dan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 1993 – Received Black Belt, 3rd Dan in Shito Ryu style from Shihan Chang Chung-Fu in Hong Kong, with certificate issued by The World Shito-Ryu Karate Federation, Osaka, Japan.
- 1995 – Received Black belt, 4th Dan in Shito Ryu style from the World Martial Arts Instructor’s Federation in Las Vegas, USA
- 1996 – Received the “Madam G.T. Chang Memorial Award from Karate Bodokan International, issued by All India Budokan Karate Federation.
- 1997 – Received Diploma from Wushu Federation of Asia
- 1998 – Awarded Gold Medal (Kuoshu Logo) International Honor as a Martial Art’s Best Organizer from the International Chinese Kuoshu Federation.
- 2000 – Received Black Belt, 4th Dan in Shito Ryu from Shihan Naser S. Anwar, Black Belt 8th Dan, Chief Instructor of Asian Shito Ryu Karate Federation, with certificate issued by Malaysian Association of Shito-Ryu Karate Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 2001 – Obtained National Black Belt, 5th Dan from the Bangladesh Karate Federation.
- 2005 – Received a special award of Sukokai Medal Title at the 2nd Sukokai Goodwill Karate Do Championship in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
- Introduced Martial Arts as a modern self-defence sport in schools, colleges and universities, at district levels, Bangladesh Ansar, social and sports organizations all over the country.
- Introduced Bando, Bandokan, Kick-Boxing, Shito-Ryu, WUKO, WKF, ITKF, Kuoshu, Goshin Ryu and other modern styles of Martial Arts to the public in Bangladesh.
- Editor of the Souvenier Magazine for the 7th, 9th & 10th All Bangladesh Dragon Karate Championships and the 18th National Karate Championship 2007.
- Editor of “Karate Today”, a monthly Martial Arts Magazine
- Author of “The Complete Book for Black Belt (under print).
- Host of TV Martial Arts programmes on self-defense, Karate Demostration and Yoga, at the Bangladesh National TV.
- Fighting Director for the Film, “Super Star” (Bengali Film)
- Demostrated Shito-Ryu Black belt Kata (form) with Bunkai (Application) for a CD video clip