Kung Fu master releases book

2019-10-08 06:00
Mayco member, JP Smith and Mj Li with a copy of his book titled, KUNGFU, My Journey, The History.

Mayco member, JP Smith and Mj Li with a copy of his book titled, KUNGFU, My Journey, The History.

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MJ Li, a Kung Fu master and martial arts world champion born in Mitchell’s Plain has decided to use his experiences from travelling the world, to inspire and motivate Capetonians, especially the youth.

He recently launched his book titled KUNGFU, My Journey, The History.

MJ (Muhammad Junaid Chafeker) says people should not be confused with the title and assume that the book is all about karate. There is more to the book than just his passion, he says.

MJ has been a Kung Fu champion since 2004.

Part of his collection of accolades includes four gold medals. He won Legends of Kung Fu World Martial Arts Championships in the United States in 2006 where he represented South Africa.

He grew up admiring Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee and has travelled and trained in places such as Beijing.

In his book, he says, he is sharing his experience which he documented for more than two years while travelling.

He says: “I hope Capetonians will find three benefits from this book; the first one being the story about my humble beginnings.”

He hopes young boys and girls from the Cape Flats will be inspired by the fact that even though he grew up there, he still became an international star.

The second benefit he hopes people will take from his book is his account of the history of Islam in China as he reveals he did intensive research about it.

He also uses the book as a dedication to his mother, Falma Chafeker, who passed away this year.

“My mother was a white woman who married an Indian man and became actively involved in fighting apartheid. She was arrested many times,” he shares.

He expresses pride when he speaks about his mother and says she was a woman who ignored her racial privilege and decided to fight for those who could not fight for themselves during some of the toughest years in South Africa.

He refers to her as an unsung hero.

He held a soft launch for the book and plans to do the same in other areas, combining them with motivational sessions. The sessions will include talking to men to refrain from ill-treating women.

“I want to encourage men out there to respect our mothers, sisters, aunts and wives,” he urges.

His other message is to young men to join karate; a sport he describes as one that they can use to discipline themselves and end up staying away from drugs.

The book is not yet available in stores, people can get it on request.

It costs R150 per copy and anyone from anywhere can order it.

According to MJ Li, once all the distribution deals have been finalised, it will be available at all major book stores.

  • For more information, call MJ Li’s office on 081 711 1211.

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