STIMA

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Sri Lankan Traditional Indigenous Martial Art Association (STIMA)  is born through the collaboration of gurus and student from various angam clans who’s singular goal is to sharing knowledge and the preservation of this art by researching, categorizing, organizing and storing knowledge in one place to be carried forward for future generations. STIMA is a government approved organization that is also registered in the ministry of Cultural Affairs – Sri Lanka.

Grand Guru R.Wickramasinghe ,Guru Edirisinghe, Guru Premasiri Malimbadarachchige, Guru W. Sandun, Guru Athula Nandana, Guru Sunimal Fernando, Guru Sumudu Fernando and Guru Lasantha Chandima. Hence this organization possesses the best of all the significant aspects of Angam within its ranks. STIMA is also the only Angam training organization that has branches in Europe. STIMA selects it’s Gurus and students through a special evaluation process.

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Some of 200-400 years Old  secretive ancient “Angam” writings belongs to STIMA Knowledge library.

 

GURUS Profile

     

    Angampora Wickramasinghe

GRAND GURU R WICKRAMASINGHE

A descendant of the family line of Mudliar Wickramasinghe of Kotte,72 year old Guru Wickramasinghe is a renowned Indigenous Medical Practitioner by profession who has held the position of the Ayurvedic Physicians Council of Sri Lanka for many terms.

He had inherited and studied indigenous medical techniques, treatment methods and traditional martial arts techniques from both his father, Muhandiram Charles Wickramasinghe of Kotte, and grandfather, Mudliar Aranolis Wickramasinghe of Kotte. At the prime of his youth, he had mastered all the knowledge his father and grandfather was able to bestow upon him.

Knowing that the knowledge he had inherited from his elders were not complete, and having a resilient passion for both the indigenous fighting arts and healing arts, he then too apprenticeship under Former Grand Master Sugathang of Baddagana, who was also his father’s friend and an Indigenous physician. Under Grand Master Sugathang, Guru Wickramasinghe studied as his senior student for over 40 years until the Master’s dying day, learning everything he can ever teach on the noble but deadly art of Angam.

Rather than creating a large group of averagely skilled students, Guru Wickramasinghe’s efforts have created a few highly skilled apprentices who are now masters themselves. He is currently the chief instructor and Director of STIMA. His renown and skill has also earned him an advisory post for the Siw-hela Angam Arts Association which was brought on by the Ministry of Cultural Preservation.

Unlike many Guru’s who tend to criticize other teachers, Guru Wickramasinghe’s selfless and accepting nature, many of his contemporary masters of various Angam traditions have begun to gather around him for council and guidance, as STIMA drives forward.

 

   Angampora Premasiri

GURU PREMASIRI MALIMBADA ARACHCHI

Guru Premasiri, a veteran Angam artist of 72 years, was first trained in Angam by his father Alexander Malimbada Arachchi. Shortly after he was made a student by his father under renowned Angam master and relative, Jamis Malimbada Arachchi. Not stopping there, Guru Premasiri he had also gone to train under Master Rathnapala of Kgalle for further advanced training. Following which he continued training with various contemporary members of the Indigenous Sports Association, giving rise to a generation of skilled Angam students.

With the invitation of Grand Guru Wickramasinghe, Guru Premasiri joined hands with his fellow practitioners to create the Sri lanka Traditional Indigenous Martial Arts association (STIMA). He is currently acts as the Secretary for STIMA in addition to being a instructor of the association.

He is expertise in Angam is seen in various forms of Knife-play and an extensive knowledge is Locks performed during armed an unarmed combat. In addition to fighting prowess, he is also skilled war-drum player, which is inseparable aspect of Hela Angam.

GURU PIUMAL EDIRISINGHE

Starting his initial training in Angam at the age of 12 under his grand father famous Sri Lankan Traditional Indigenous medical doctor “Dosthora Warnasuriya”, and after few years later he had then taken apprenticeship under Guru Karunapala at Mirihana, who is the one pupil of Grand Master Sugathan of Baddagana. Under Master Karunapala, he had studied and trained in Angam for over 18 years. Afterwards he learnt from various other senior Gurus such as Grand Guru Wickramasinghe, Guru Dayananda, Guru Premasiri, Guru Wijesinghe and Guru Charles Warnasuriya.

Guru Edirisinghe has begun training students under him, creating a well respected generation of Angam practitioners locally and internationally. He Co-founded STIMA with objective of preserving and standardizing art of Angam. Currently he takes the role of the Managing Director of STIMA and as the General Secretary of National Angampora Federation.

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GURU SANDUN FERNANDO

Taken apprenticeship under Guru Sunimal Fernando, who is the chief pupil of Grand Master Geroge Perera of Modara. Under Master Sunimal, he had studied and trained in Angam for over 15 years. Guru Sandun has begun training students under him, creating a well respected generation of Angam practitioners.

He has also worked as the co-martial arts choreographer for various TV series and films such as Mahindagamanaya, Siri Daladagamanaya and Aloko Udapadi,  He is currently holding a posts as Director and Chief Organizer for the STIMA, and also Chairman of National Angampora Federation which is started by the Ministry Sports of Sri Lanka.

            Angampora Athula

GURU ATHULA NANDANA

Guru Athula Nandana, being a former head student of Guru Ginihaluge of Kotte, took on apprenticeship with Grand Guru Wickramasinghe for further advances Angam studies. Having been a devoted practitioner of the art of Angam for over 30 years, Guru Athula shows great prowess in stick fighting and unarmed combat performances. His knowledge on the history and evolution of Angam is also unparalleled. He is among the few who joined Grand Guru Wickramasinghe in pioneering the formation of STIMA.

Guru Athula is a currently the chief instructor for its main training center.

 

GURU SUMUDU FERNANDO

Taken apprenticeship under Guru Sunimal Fernando, who is the chief pupil of Grand Master Geroge Perera of Modara. Under Master Sunimal, he had studied and trained in Angam for over 18 years. Guru Sumudu has begun training students under him, creating a well respected generation of Angam practitioners.

He has also worked as the co-martial arts choreographer for various TV series and films such as Mahindagamanaya, Siri Daladagamanaya and Aloko Udapadi,  He is currently holding a posts as Team Leader for the STIMA, and also Chairman of  Technical Committee of National Angampora Federation which is started by the Ministry Sports of Sri Lanka.

               Oliver

GURU OLIVER HERRMANN (Germany)

Oliver is a 40 year old IT professional and executive hailing from Germany who is an experienced Mixed Martial Artist (MMA) who has initially trained in Karate, Taekwondo, Kung-fu and Muay-thai. His skill has earned him the championship for the annual European Self Defense Organization (ESDO) tournaments for 2005.

He has always had a thirst for diverse martial arts disciplines and their knowledge and was first introduced to Angam over an internet forum in 2008. Intrigued by what he had encountered, Oliver visited Sri Lanka in the same year to discover Angam further. He has studied Angam for over 4 years ever since then, under various Gurus and trainers.

Oliver is now the head of two STIMA -Angam training centers which he have started in Germany and Switzerland, currently training over 50 students in total and steadily growing. Being a practicing Buddhist, he incorporates all of Angam’s traditions when training his students. Through him, European students have been given the rare opportunity to learn and understand Angam not only as physical self defense training, but as a highly specialized spiritual discipline as well. Like all Angam practitioners, he believes that self defense must be both physical and spiritual.

Upon joining Angam and studying it for the first time, he had commented that, with his discovery of Sri Lankan Angam, his search for a both physically and spiritually complete martial art has come to an end,.

He has joined Grand Guru Wickramasinghe for the inception of STIMA as an international instructor and is also the STIMA representative for Europe and Western world.

 

GURU LASANTHA CHANDIMA

Guru Lasantha, being a former student of Guru Ginihaluge of Kotte, took on apprenticeship with Grand Guru Wickramasinghe for further advances Angam studies. Having been a devoted practitioner of the art of Angam for over 15 years, Guru Lasantha shows great prowess in heavy weapon fighting (eg- Mace, Battle axe) and unarmed combat. Also He is among the few who joined with Grand Guru Wickramasinghe and Guru Edirisnghe in pioneering the formation of STIMA.

He is currently holding a posts as Director for the STIMA, and also Technical Committee member of National Angampora Federation which is started by the Ministry Sports of Sri Lanka.