China Wushu Kung Fu instructor impressed with Tanzanian talents

China’s Wushu KungFu international trainer, Wu Dong (right), instructs youths at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Dar es Salaam. Dong is also the director and professor of the Beijing Sports University International Development Research Centre in Beijing, China. PHOTO | IMANI MAKONGORO

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Dar es Salaam. In a bid to develop the game of Wushu Kung Fu in the country, the Chinese Cultural Centre in Tanzania, in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy, is conducting a seminar for coaches and players, aiming at increasing motivation.

Tanzania Wushu Kung Fu Association secretary general Sempay Gola Kapipi said the seminar has been organized by the Centre and is attended by various trainers, who will instruct people in different centres.

"We need this game to be played in schools as well, to begin with we gave training to Zanaki Secondary School and later spread it to other schools, " said Sempay Gola.

The seminar is led by international trainer Wu Dong, who is the director and professor of the Beijing Sports University International Development Research Centre in Beijing, China.

“He is an international trainer of Wushu Kung Fu, who has trained in many countries in the world, his coming here is an opportunity to expand the scope of this sport," he said.

The seminar will end today whereby more than 100 youths would benefit from it. 

"We expect that after the training, participation in this game will increase and even in the 2024 competition, the enthusiasm will be greater," he said.

He explained that China has been supporting Tanzania in the game and some young people once went to that country for more training.

"Wu Dong, apart from giving training, will also try to find which young people will want to go to China for more training of this game," he said.

National Arts Council (Basata) executive secretary Kedmon Mapana congratulated the trainer and the Chinese Government for their good support for Tanzania and the sports and arts sector.

For his part, instructor Wu Dong said the seminar has highlighted various aspects of Wushu Kung Fu at higher levels and asked the participants to use it for the wider interests of the sport and the nation as well.