Batswana boy shares benefit of Chinese martial arts culture

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Bethuel Chillito Mmoloki performs her martial arts techniques in Gaborone, capital of Botswana, April 22, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)


Chinese culture enthusiast Bethuel Chillito Mmoloki demonstrates her martial arts skills in Gaborone, capital of Botswana, April 22, 2021 (Photo: Xinhua)

Chinese culture enthusiast Bethuel Chillito Mmoloki demonstrates her martial arts skills in Gaborone, capital of Botswana, April 22, 2021 (Photo: Xinhua)

Despite the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Bethuel Chillito Mmoloki, a Botswanan with a passion for Chinese culture, teaches Wushu, or Chinese martial arts, to local teens in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana.

Mmoloki runs his Red Dragon Martial Arts business, which was established in 2016 and was registered with the Botswana National Wushu Federation in 2018.

The 31-year-old told Xinhua that he was introduced to Kungfu at the age of seven in Ramotswa by a Chinese teacher Jade Wong who had a school at the time in Botswana.

“Red Dragon Martial Arts teaches Southern Shaolin, Five Animal Style, Basic Tai Chi and Bagua Zhang Style, and we also teach our students how to improve their personal energy and flexibility, improve and condition the body as well as the benefits of mental and emotional states, ”he says.

Currently, the club has 35 active students in the four branches of Botswana.

“Due to COVID-19, the number of my students has dropped as most of my students are young children, as young as six years old and their parents were concerned about the high infection of the pandemic in the country and more and more. more withdrew, “says Mmoloki.

In 2019, he won three gold medals while competing in the South African Federation of Wushu Open Championships. He competed in three categories, namely traditional imitative forms, traditional bare hands and traditional southern bare hands.

“Kungfu teaches self-defense techniques, builds confidence, creativity, courage, perseverance,” he said, adding that a monthly subscription is 250 Pula (about 23.15 US dollars).

He further mentions that today he takes all precautions during their sessions, such as wearing face masks, maintaining distance and limiting the number of students per class to ten. The Gaborone club is training in Masire Park to help curb the spread of the disease.

“I would like to see more and more citizens of Botswana participate more in Chinese Kungfu and martial arts, because there are a lot of advantages to having it than going to the gym and building muscles,” he said. ‘instructor.


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