Motlalepuo To Attend Shaolin Games Competitions In China

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Maun born martial artist Stephan Motlalepuo will participate at the Shaolin Games Final Competitions taking place from the 9th July to 15th July at the prestigious Shaolin Temple in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China.

Motlalepuo who is the founder of Maun Traditional Martial Arts will be accompanied by one instructor and three of his students who will also be taking part in the competition. During his trip, Motlalepuo will also take part in the cultural exchange program on Kung fu training and meditation.

Speaking about his invitation to the competition, Motlalepuo said that he qualified through the Shaolin Kung Fu games that were held at the Shaolin Temple Cultural Centre in Zambia, Lusaka in June last year. Motlalepuo stated that during those games he was tested in different martial arts forms and managed to qualify for the Shaolin Games Final Competitions with 8.76 points out of 10 points. He mentioned that his two last tests were combative sword display and Shaolin fist which he got silver medal.

“Participating at the Shaolin games opens one’s mind in a sense that you are exposed to reality. We usually see Kungfu movies and wonder if some moves are real or not, it is at the Shaolin competitions where different masters display very complex techniques and later have time to share skills with others,” he said.

Motlalepuo has expressed that having connections with other Masters ease training in a sense that they share videos and training plans. He said that the games also provide an opportunity for exposure to potential sponsors.

In an interview about his journey in Martial Arts, Motlalepuo said he started Kungfu at the age of seven from a Chinese contractor and later met one of the Kungfu practitioners who was fortunate enough to undergo Kungfu training in China by then.

“There were no Kungfu schools by then but today there are at least five schools countrywide and countless in Africa. Initially I was not  focusing on competitions but on teaching little ones, taking them for competitions. I would not compete when the competition structure was tailored for children,” he said.

His students participated in a martial arts competition for the first time in 2018 at Randburg in South Africa where they were crowned Kungfu Champions. He noted that his students have competed in various Kungfu competitions, never disappointed and it is of recent that he personally competed against other masters and lost.

The biggest tournament that he participated in was the Shaolin games where he saw many Africans from different countries, instructors and students competing under different categories. According to him, the standard of the competition was very high and they brought home 12 medals (inclusive of two gold medals and a trophy) then qualified for champions.

“I have been competing in different Kungfu competitions but with only few people noticing, Kungfu is new in Botswana and people do not know about it. It will be my second competition in China and I am going to give it my all, the first one was in the year 2018, where I competed for one academy in China (Huilinguan) and got the forth position,” he said.

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