By Martin Muleya.
Kwekwe, Zimbabwe. (News of The South)- Karate guru of the Japan Association who is based in the country’s Midlands province has hailed Polytechnic Colleges for including karate among their sport codes on their curriculum.
In an interview with newsofthesouth.com during the week long of the Tertiary Education Sport Association of Zimbabwe (TESAZ) games that were held last week, Sensei Lloyd Mukucha had praises for the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education for recognising and implementing karate as a sport code in Colleges.
He said the introduction of karate as a sport code would go a long way in inspiring discipline and self confidence on students.
“Karate had for the past years not been recognised as a sports discipline in our country particularly in learning institutions. This probably I would attribute to the fact that people in the country did not actually understand what karate is all about. But with the turn of the new millennium it seems people are beginning to appreciate karate as it fosters discipline and confidence on an individual,” Mukucha noted.
The four time international award winner Sensei Mukucha highlighted that he was already in third fourth Dan (Level) of the Japan Karate Association. He added that he started training in karate in 1998 and in 2004 he won his first Dan, which was his turning point and he has never looked back, as he already has a club Shotokan that is based in Kwekwe.
Shotokan has already churned out karatekas who are participating both nationally and internationally.
However he urged youngsters to join karate for the purpose of passion as karate was a non-profit making sport.
Meanwhile Harare Polytechnic were the overall winners in the men and women categories of karate and walked away with floating trophies.
[10/04, 11:16] Martin Muleya: Harare Poly (Harare), Mutare (Manicaland), Masvingo (Masvingo), Gweru and Kwekwe (Midlands), Joshua Nkomo (Mat South), Bulawayo (Bulawayo), Msasa Industrial Training Centre, Westgate Industrial Training Centre, Kushinga Phikelela and Zimbabwe School of Mines all made the list of participating teams drawn from the country’s ten provinces.
Over 2000 athletes took part in disciplines like soccer, netball, basketball, volleyball, handball, athletics, karate, chess and pool.
TESAZ games are a dress rehearsal of the Zimbabwe Institutions Sports Union (ZITSU) games that will be held in Bulawayo this year. ZITSU is a combination of polytechnic colleges and universities dotted in the country.
From left to right: Sensei Lloyd Mukucha, Sensei Amos (former instructor), Shepherd Ziwira, Gibson Sangweni, Emmanuel Mehlo, Eltone Marongere and Cassidy Chauke
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