Young Batswana shares benefits of Chinese martial arts culture
Bethuel Chillito Mmoloki exercises her martial arts skills in Gaborone, capital of Botswana, April 22, 2021 (Photo: Xinhua)
Chinese culture enthusiast Bethuel Chillito Mmoloki demonstrates his martial arts skills in Gaborone, capital of Botswana, April 22, 2021 (Photo: Xinhua)
Despite the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Bethuel Chillito Mmoloki, a fan of Chinese culture from Botswan, teaches Wushu, or Chinese martial arts, to local teens in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana.
Mmoloki runs his company Red Dragon Martial Arts, established in 2016 and registered with the National Federation of Botswana Wushu 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 Animals Style, Basic Tai Chi and Bagua Zhang Style and we also teach our students how to improve personal energy and flexibility, improve and condition the body as well as the benefits of the mind 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 because most of my students are young children, as young as six years old and their parents were concerned about the high pandemic infection in the country and more and more withdrawn, “says Mmoloki.
In 2019, he won three gold medals at the South African Wushu Federation 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 nowadays he takes all precautions during their sessions, such as wearing face masks, keeping the distance and limiting the number of students per class to ten. The Gaborone club are training in Masire Park to help curb the spread of the disease.
“I would like to see more and more Botswanan citizens participate more in Chinese Kungfu and martial arts because there are a lot of advantages to having it than just going to the gym and building muscles,” he said. declared the instructor.