Kendo; Game of Discipline and Unity

Players as young as eight took part in the martial arts Players as young as eight took part in the martial arts - pic by Christopher Sande

The Japanese Embassy has expressed hope that promotion of Kendo sport in Malawi will develop the youth to be energetic, disciplined and promote unity between the two countries.

Speaking after the seventh Japanese Ambassador Kendo championship in Blantyre on Saturday, Deputy Chief of Mission, Tashiro Seiji then called on Malawian young people to embrace Kendo, a martial art sport in order to attain self-defense skills.

“It is encouraging that young people as young as eight-year-old are showing interest in learning kendo. I am so happy to see Malawian citizens playing the game in a better way,” said Seiji.

Meanwhile, Kendo Association of Malawi Chairperson Austin Somba said through such annual championships, Kendo players will have an opportunity to participate in regional games in future.

“We will be happy to conduct such annual events in other cities in order to promote this minority sport in Malawi,” explained Somba.

Deputy Mayor of Blantyre City, Fanny Baraba Kanonjerera said he will lobby for Kendo to be incorporated in the Mayor’s Trophy to motivate the youth to attain defense skills and be able to survive some attacks from thugs and others.

Players as young as eight took part in the martial arts in which two people use wooden swords to fight.

At the end of the championship, outstanding players were given medals and certificates.

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