MASVINGO-Tsimba-Kai Martial Arts Academy has engaged Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education officials in the province with the thrust of introducing karate in schools.
The engagement took place at Flamboyant, a Regency Group Hotel on Friday.
Academy co-founder Tsungirirai Zvobgo told the meeting that karate is a way to curb drug and substance abuse.
She also said that they are the only Japan Karate Association (JKA) accredited academy in the province.
“We opened this academy so that our children won’t have time to waste as they will be held up in productive engagements. Karate is not about teaching children violence but it trains you for self-defense. It is also healthy for our body and minds,” she said.
The training is done by Tsimba-Kai Chief Instructor Sensei Pholani Khanyile. He currently holds the highest ranking belt, a third Dan Black Belt. He is also the JKA provincial head.
Academy co-founder Simba Jambga said training is US$20 per month.
“Training is US$20 per month. JKA Zimbabwe chief instructor Shihan Phibeon Mudzenda comes to do regular training at Tsimba-Kai from Zimbabwe JKA association headquarters in Gweru. This gives Tsimba-Kai the ability to offer professional training,” he said.
He also said that so far 45 people including children have been trained at Flamboyant, a Regency Group Hotel.
The club currently has over 80 trainees who undergo training at Victoria Junior School and Kyle Preparatory School.