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Maun Traditional Martial Arts athletes have recently delivered one of their best performances at the Africa Kids and Youth Championships held in Cape Town, Rondebosch bringing home a total of 18 medals.
The club had sent a total of 15 athletes who were teamed by four other athletes from Francistown based Red Dragon Martial Arts to represent Botswana.
The competition pitted Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique against each other with the locals managing to scoop second position. South Africa won the competition while Malawi came third.
From the different categories that included weapons, sanda (Chinese kick boxing), animal forms as well as Northern and Southern shaolin fists, the club won seven gold, four silver and seven bronze medals.
In an interview, Maun Traditional Martial Arts Founder Stephan Motlalepuo said it was not a surprise that they won such a high number of medals because they did their level best to prepare for the tournament. He stated after the postponement of the competition last year they had ample time to prepare for it and also engaged with international grandmasters for guidance.
He noted that their aim was to give it all for the tournament hence going into it he was certain that his athletes are going to win. Motlalepuo was impressed by the fact that his athletes applied correctly the tactics that they were taught during the training except for one athlete who had a stage fright.
He applauded organisers of the tournament indicating that its strategic approach was in good standard and the schedule was also adhered to.
However, the founder said their biggest challenge is that their club consists of 26 athletes whom they had wished to bring to the tournament but that could not happen because of lack of sponsorships. He explained that those who performed at the tournament were sponsored by their parents as such those who had some financial challenges could not afford to sponsor their children. Motlalepuo lamented that one of their best athletes could not attend the competition due to travel documents issues leading to the reduction in number of the participants.
He has however thanked their main sponsors SKL Group of Companies and Builders World Botswana for assisting in making the tournament a success.