The Shooting Academy
Joydeep Karmakar, Arjuna Awardee, with more than 100 medals at the National Championships and numerous International medals, Commonwealth Champion, Australian Open Champion, having represented India in 28 World Cups , 2 Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and the only Silver medalist in 50 metre Rifle Prone in India. After coming so close to winning a medal at the 2012 London Olympics, where he came 4th.
Joydeep received many good wishes and encouragement. But what struck him at the core during a conference in Harrow Hall,London, was a scathing question by an NRI about his contribution to the next generation of Shooting Sport to which he didnt have an answer.Back in India the question haunted him all along but he was preparing for 2014 Asian & Commonwealth Games. In 2015, finally he made up his mind and with many well-wishers pouring in with support and encouragement his dream Training Academy "Joydeep Karmakar Shooting Academy" or JKSA as lovingly we call it, was born. The struggle to set it up was huge, it was more uphill to arrange for expensive equipments and range setup so that it can cater to the basic to advance level shooters alike.
The only goal was to give the next generation shooters, what Joydeep didn't get in his younger years. The city of Kolkata welcomed JKSA with warm acceptance, and their journey began. 2016 saw a phenomenal enthusiasm from the youth of Kolkata to take up Shooting Sport, as they were getting a state of the art shooting range and latest training equipments right there at JKSA. Student shooters came pouring in from various states as well, and a significant milestone was achieved in the 1st year when JKSA won the maximum number of medals at the Bengal Harihar Bannerjee Championships. But it was just the beginning, with 17 shooters qualifying for the National Championships 2016 and 8 of them further qualifying for India Camp Selection trials including the youngest in India to qualify at the age of 11 yrs JKSA has been extraordinary. 2016 National Championships saw the rise of Mehuli Ghosh of JKSA who won a whopping record 9 medals at one go!She went on to be the numero uno junior & youth shooter of India and further qualified for India Team. In her debut international match in Czech republic, she qualified for the final and finished 7th out of 123 worldwide.end of 2017, She became Asian Champion and qualified for Youth Olympic Games 2018. Later she went on to win World Cup bronze and Commonwealth Games silver in 2018, with the current Commonwealth Games Record, being one of the youngest athlete. She is a pride of JKSA.
JKSA has hosted Netaji Subhash State Games 2016 and also organized Bengal School Championships 2016 & 2017 at New Town School range. The tournament was acknowledged by many as the the best shooting event ever in Bengal. JKSA has trained 2 foreign citizens & hosted over 15 shooters from various states , including India Team member and youth National Champion Manini Kaushik of Rajasthan. JKSA has been highly praised by Olympian Ayonika Paul and Olympic Gold Quest Officials who visited the range and training facility in early 2017. With Chief Coach Bibaswan Ganguly, Asian Championship medalist and multiple National medalist, who also represented India in various international tournaments including prestigious World Championships. JKSA is also proud to have a spectrum of technically superior coaches,trainers & physical instructors who work tirelessly to achieve perfection. JKSA is an officially affiliated unit of West Bengal Rifle Association ( WBRA)and has the credit of fielding the biggest Air Weapon team in State Championships and School games. Central AC range facility to latest Olympic grade Electronic Targets to SCATT laser training facility, JKSA has all the gadgets and tools to provide a premium repair/modification and light engineering work on weapons and shooting equipments. 'Ammunition Test' facility is a latest addition to JKSA arsenal for senior shooters. Well, having said all.. Its actually the warmth and the heart of JKSA which will embrace you, and suddenly we realize that JKSA doesnt belong to Joydeep Karmakar anymore but hundreds of budding shooters who find a family out of their homes and call it - MY JKSA!