Team Botswana Wins Big Again At The Shaolin Kung Fu Games

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Maun KungFu Academy alongside the Red Dragon Martial Arts from Francistown put up a good performance at the just ended Shaolin Kung Fu Games in Lusaka, Zambia.

Held at the Shaolin Temple Cultural Centre from the 22nd – 25th June 2023 the games which were organised by the Zambia Shaolin Temple and the Chinese Cultural Centre brought together 23 African countries.

Team Botswana managed to bring home a total of 12 medals, two gold, five silver and five bronze medals. The team was made of four martial artists from Maun and three from Francistown being Bethuel Mmoloki (Master), Unabatsho Maluke, Tlamelo Maikano, Stephan Motlalepuo (Master), Palo Mmopi, Amogelang Mosweunyane and Angu Bakhatazi.

Maun KungFu Academy Founder Stephan Motlalepuo told Times Sport that their first ever participation at the event was a significant accomplishment as it inspired the athletes to work even harder for future competitions. This, he added will also help promote Kung Fu in Botswana.

He stated that the event gave athletes an opportunity to be trained by the highly experienced monks adding that they also had the privilege to benchmark something which would be very helpful in their own skills. The athletes had an opportunity to participate in Shaolin Kung Fu system training that was conducted by 12 highly rated monks, they were also tested, graded and took part in Shaolin Kung Fu games. 

“Our main idea is to reach the international level of the martial arts, so participating in that kind of an event was an opportunity for us to link up with different countries as well as to learn how they do things,” he said.

He added that the event was critical in that it promoted cultural exchange and also athletes were taught to be independent and better people in society. The objective of the event was to promote the spread of Shaolin Kung-Fu in Africa and the good relationship between Africa and China as Shaolin Martial Arts is a world famous martial art sport also loved by Africans. It was held under different themes that include Peace/Friendship, Health/Happiness and Inheritance/Sharing.

The two clubs’ athletes have also recently delivered one of their best performances at the Africa Kids and Youth Championships held in Cape Town, bringing home a total of 18 medals.

Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique took part in the competition where Botswana scooped second position after South Africa which came first, while Malawi came third.

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