Sensei offers better life through karate

2017-03-22 06:03
Members of the Shotokan Dojo karate club are from the left, front: Mohladisi Morena, Otshepeng Seape and Obotseng Seape; middle: Thato Mekgwe, Amogelang Leepo and Kutloano Tanaka; back: Sensei Olebogeng Mekgwe (founder and instructor).

Members of the Shotokan Dojo karate club are from the left, front: Mohladisi Morena, Otshepeng Seape and Obotseng Seape; middle: Thato Mekgwe, Amogelang Leepo and Kutloano Tanaka; back: Sensei Olebogeng Mekgwe (founder and instructor).

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The newly-founded Shotokan Dojo karate club in Selosesha, Thaba Nchu, is on a mission to nurture future stars and also equip ordinary enthusiasts with defensive skills.

The founder is Sensei Olebogeng Mekgwe, who has been involved in the sport since 1994. He started his journey 23 years ago and in 2010 he obtained his black belt. He has competed in several competitions.

Mekgwe’s role includes serving as instructor to ensure youngsters master the basics. He uses the St Augustine’s Primary School as a venue to shape budding stars.

Although presently most of the karatekas are youngsters, Mekgwe said adults interested in acquiring skills for self-defence are welcome to participate.

He said establishing the club had fulfilled his dream to help save children from becoming involved in negative activities outside school.

“I noticed that children, when out of school, are exposed to a lot of wrongful doings, including joining gang groupings as a form of protection,” Mekgwe said.

Because of such social problems, he decided to open the club, where children would get proper guidance and follow self-defence programmes.

“The club is an effort to keep them from immoral conduct in the community and at school.”

Mekgwe said the karatekas trained in one of the classrooms, but that a hall would be ideal to accommodate them.

“We are asking for assistance in the provision of a much bigger area around the Selosesha area, preferably a hall.”

Currently there are eight karatekas and he said he was working to increase the number.

Those interested in joining the club can call Mekgwe on 073-334-9715.

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