10-year-old creating World Records by being the Pioneer of Limbo Skating in India- Young Star Tiluck Keisam
Keisam Ricky Singh
03rd January 2008
Manipur base in New Delhi
Proudly says ‘imd1’ for
Sport –Limbo Skating
We all are aware of what heights our sportspersons have reached when it comes to make records but take a look at this youngest record maker who has won not one, two but so many medals that he can actually give away some! His name itself has ‘Luck’ but Tiluck’s record breaking stance is all because of his hard work and the support from his parents. Not only in Limbo skating, but this Whizz-kid is also making his mark in Slalom Skating (Freestyle Skating) & Ice-Skating. We are worried as there will be no medals/titles left in the future as this Manipuri boy is going to grab all of them! Our Team had a great time interviewing the ‘Cutest Kid Ever’ on Skates and also thanking his Father for the prompt answers.
We are really keen to know how did your journey begin?
One day while I went to the children’s park of Siri Fort Sports Complex (New Delhi) with my parents, I saw children of my same age group skating, seeing them I pleaded my parents to let me join the sport. They agreed to put me in the training and I’ve been training since March 2013. Initially even I didn’t know what Limbo Skating was but when I started splitting my legs apart while skating, seeing this my coach insisted me to shift towards Limbo Skating and hence, I started Limbo Skating from 2015.
What’s your success mantra?
Hard work and not to give up even when I fail.
Know me beyond Limbo Skating
Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard
Food I Love
Steamed Lady’s Fingers and Chicken Tikka
Food I Hate
If not for Limbo Skating, I would be doing
Speed Skating, Artistic Skating
Like Vacations at
My Hometown (Manipur)
Favorite Past time
Painting, reading story books and playing with toys
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless like water, now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, put it into a teapot it becomes the teapot, now water can flow, creep or crash, be water my friends” by Bruce Lee
What were the hardships / hurdles your encountered and the way you overcame in your journey?
Initially there wasn’t a proper coach. During my Limbo record in progress with Guinness Book of World Records my father fell sick, also seeing my parents’ financial status I was deeply depressed. But my parents’ positive attitude towards life is very inspiring. Apart from this, I had to attend school, appear for exams and simultaneously practice the Sport, balancing both the things is quite difficult.
Success is incomplete without its share of setbacks. What advice do you give to others about handling failures?
Never Give Up and always be hopeful, even if you fail 100 times, there might be a day which make your life beautiful.
Do you think Sports and its learning’s can be helpful in life even if one does not want to consider it as a career goal?
Yes, it is very helpful in life. It keeps you physically and mentally fit and it develops our overall holistic growth.
Who has been the main influencers in your journey & how?
My mother has been the main influencers in my journey. In every step of my journey, my mom has sacrificed everything for me. Today whatever I am is because of my mom. I am very thankful to her.
How do you manage studies and sports simultaneously?
Tiluck’s Father- He grasps everything very quickly. Goes to school around 7.30 in the morning, returns home by 2.15 in the afternoon, after taking some rest for a while he goes for the practice followed by another practise. In a day he practices for 3 hours overall.
Which was “that” moment when you considered yourself as “I Am The 1”?
When it was officially announced, “You are now the Guinness World Records Title Holder”, that was the “I Am The 1” moment.
Did you get any formal training and how was that journey?
Initially I started to train for Skating in Siri Sports Complex (New Delhi). For the Limbo Skating, in the beginning I was trained by a coach but after about a month I started practicing on my own because there wasn’t a professional coach for Limbo Skating. The Journey was very tough, but I enjoyed a lot. My mother was my mentor and guide. Currently I’m training under Ricky sir now.
Technology has been changing the way people get trained in Sports. What’s your take?
Yes definitely! I get good support from YouTube. My contribution in Slalom Skating and winning at national level by RSFI was purely through the available YouTube tutorials.
What qualities one must look for in a ‘Guru’ for training in Sports?
An ideal Guru must be responsible and giving good guidelines without politics.
What are the pre-coaching essentials e.g. Right age, mindset or anything else?
Tiluck’s Father- For Limbo Skating, one’s physique must be flexible enough to pass through the bars, hence young children are fit for this sport.
If you were to bring one big change in the way people get trained in Sports, what would that be?
Tiluck’s Father- If I were to bring one big change in the way people get trained in sports, I would like the people to get aware of the scopes of that particular sport along with rigorous training modules.
What do you suggest for better accessibility of Sports training in remote parts of India?
My suggestion is to open sports academy in remote parts by giving them proper training in low cost for better accessibility.
In your opinion, what are the basic key traits apart from formal training that make “imd1”?
First and foremost is balanced diet, then comes regular practice, positive mindset during the practice and being energetic.
Your piece of advice to parents and new generation especially when some people are skeptical about career in extra curriculum.
My advice to the parents is to help students have better concentration and new dimensions for learning and development as it leads to holistic growth.
One thing which you feel you want to change from the past while you walk down memory lane…
Once I got an opportunity for a US based TV show called Live with Kelly & Ryan which was to be held on September 2018, due to lack of time we could not apply for the VISA. I just missed making another record. I dreamt of going to Disneyland, I want to bring back that opportunity again.
How can one identify & encourage talent in the family?
If a child is doing a unique thing extraordinarily ahead of the ordinary, parents must encourage and push their talents forward.
Any other thoughts you want to share?
I want everybody to be a good human. In our Journey there will be lots of ups and downs so, we should never give up when failed and be optimistic.