By Skilder Makona
Five-year-old martial arts rising star, Wilfred Mashaya Junior is following in the footsteps of his father after having managed to win gold at the virtual Samurai World Championships, a tournament on weapons kata or forms.
Training with his father at home owing to Covid-19 restrictions, Wilfred Junior however went on to win the virtual Samurai World Championships, a weapon kata or forms extravaganza organised by the Polish-based International Martial Arts – Self Defense Kwon-Ki-Do Organisation.
“I am very happy to have won this medal it means a lot and I hope to reach far in Martial Arts, work hard and continue winning more,” says Wilfred Jnr.
His father, Sensei Wilfred Mashaya says, “Such achievements mean a lot to us. We hope to bring more for myself, my academy and Zimbabwe so that the country’s flag will continue to fly high. I believe as masters of martial arts, we are warriors and this sport teaches us to soldier on no matter what the circumstances are. Will continue working hard and make sure Zimbabwe remains on the radar.”
Mashaya and his son were the only Zimbabweans to participate at the tournament, which had others from Germany, USA, Russia, New Zealand and hosts, Poland.
Mashaya Junior did Terukawa No Tonfa while his father performed a Tonfa Weapon Kata called Hama Higa No Tonfa.
This is not the first time that the duo has scooped medals at international fiestas, after managing to collect several accolades in another virtual tourney, the OTW World Online Karate Championships organised by the Mediterranean Karate Alliance in September last year.
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