Remember Grandmaster Shifuji? He Has Been Accused Of Being A Fake Armyman

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10:17 pm 14 Feb, 2017

The Indian Army has centuries of rich history of valour, grandeur and dedication. The men in uniform not only command immense respect but also evoke strong feelings of courage, patriotism and pride from the masses.


Indian Army special forces wear maroon berets. Reuters

However, it becomes very upsetting when someone who hasn’t experienced the painful training of an armyman uses the uniform and the name to bring attention to himself. One such person appears to be Grandmaster Shifuji aka Shaurya Bharadwaj.


Grandmaster Shifuji Shaurya Bhardwaj.

An inspiration to many young men and an ardent fitness freak, Shifuji has claimed to train the Indian commandos, NSG and MARCOs. His fitness videos have fetched more than a million views on YouTube and his popularity grew so much so that he was seen teaching martial arts to Tiger Shroff in the movie ‘Baaghi’.


Shifuji with Shraddha Kapoor and YouTube

It all started last year during the JNU controversy where he threatened the students of JNU. Hyper-nationalism evoked strong response and he became a hero in no time. Also, post the Uri attack he claimed that he would take law into his own hands if situation did not get better.

His story started unfolding when a man named Abhishek Shukla wrote letters to Defence Ministry, Home Ministry and I&B Ministry seeking more info on Shifuji.

Shukla accuses Shifuji of using the name of Indian armed forces and its wings for his own benefit, when he is actually not a representative of any of them:

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आप सभी ने BSF और CRPF के जवानों को हो रही असुविधाओ की कहानी खुद जवानों की ज़ुबानी सुनी, ये विडियो भी देखिये और समझने की कोशिश करिये सेना के नाम पर बड़े स्तर पर कितना बड़ा scam चल रहा है और ये लोग देश की जनता को बेवक़ूफ़ बनाते हुए देशभक्ति के नाम पर दूकान चला रहे है#ShifujiStolenValour

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Shifuji has already made several appearances with AR Rahman, Alka Yagnik and other celebrities. On his website, Shifuji boasts that he was an Army Officer and a trainer. However, after controversies he has dropped the designation.

Still, the website mentions that he is a trainer for Indian Black Cat Commando and MARCOS, Hawk Commandos trainer, Special Armed Forces, Counter Terrorist Group, Special Task Force and Anti-Terrorist Squad.



His photographs on the website show him wearing the army uniform and Special Forces Dagger and Badges, which is illegal. Also, according to Shifuji, he has created Closed Quarter Battle technique; however, the fact is that it was invented by Major Deepak Rao.


Shifuji wearing the maroon beret and Dagger of Special Forces.  SSB crack

The alleged lies have generated fury and disappointment from the Army veteran community who have filed an FIR at the Goregaon Police Station in Mumbai.


The Logical Indian

If Shifuji is fake as is being alleged that it is a shame. The army honours and badges are not distributed freely, but the armymen work very hard, often risking their lives, to earn them.

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