In July Gurkha Company Close Quarter Combat (CQC) display team under the lead of Captain Washington-Smith and co-ordinator Sergeant Santosh Gole visited Ampleforth College to teach self-defence skills and to present our CQC display.
This event provided us the opportunity to gain new experiences and we were extremely excited to meet the young students, in a similar position to us as new recruits.
On arriving at Ampleforth college, we were amazed at seeing such an enormous and prestigious school with a history over several centuries. Fascinatingly, it was unlike any other institution we had ever seen before.
Our performance consisted of a taekwondo display, a Khukuri display and the teaching of self-defence techniques. The Khukuri, the national weapon of Nepal, an inseparable part of Gurkhas identity and an extremely effective weapon, was displayed in the Khukuri display. The students were a great audience with a lot of enthusiasm and energy, and they were keen, cheerful and fun to interact with us.
We were also able to teach the students some basic self-defence skills and had the opportunity to interact with them. We also got a chance to show them some of our military kit and equipment we are using during basic training. We felt that the interaction period was the best part of our visit as we got an opportunity to share our experiences and culture with the students who were still teenagers just like some of us. We listened to their stories and experiences of other cultures and their own.
The visit taught us a lot of things about British culture and British students. We felt that we had learned something new and the opportunity that we got to teach, learn from and interact with the students was a precious one.
By Trainee Rifleman Laban Pun – Gurkha Company Catterick