7/5/2016 4:42:33 PM
|written By : Sana T Vasi And Megha Saha|
It has been only 18 months since he came to Singapore but Londoner Aman Bancil has already established himself as an Osteopath and a force to contend with in the amateur martial arts arena here.
In May this year the British-born Punjabi (he is a shaven Sikh) who fights under the clever moniker “Sikh & Destroy” walked away with the best boxer title at a charity event called the White Collar Boxing gala. In one evening it raised over US$115,000 for The Children’s Surgical Centre, a charity in Cambodia.
The brawny 27-year old credits his success to his martial arts alter-career, which spans 13 years. He has fought ten fights in total, won eight and lost only two. In Singapore he has fought two fights and won both, defeating nine other experienced mixed martial artists. But his dimpled smile and clean-cut, drop-dead looks can be deceptive.
“I was a naughty kid. I used to get into a lot of trouble and became quite a rebel when I was 13-14,” said the two-dan black belter. “Martial arts has helped me to focus and to be more disciplined in life.”
A shift back to London from Kenya just before his tenth birthday signalled a difficult period in Aman’s life. The youngest of three children – he has an older brother and sister - Aman found it hard to adjust to life in London after Nairobi where he had spent a privileged childhood.
“The education in Kenya was super accelerated. I was learning GCSE-level stuff when I was only nine. So when I came to London, I got really bored as I wasn’t learning anything new; I think that’s why I fell in with the wrong crowd,” he explained.
However, martial arts gave Aman a new outlet for his energy, while his newfound passion for osteopathy kept him on the straight and narrow. After studying Genetics and Microbiology honours at Queen Mary’s University of London for a year, he worked for a while in a hedge fund before chucking it up to go back to university – the British College of Osteopathic Medicine.