Wushu kungfu, the Chinese martial arts, should be promoted and its development enhanced since it teaches children way of life, Botswana All Budo Style Association president, Thuto Thuto says.
Thuto made this observation on Saturday during the upgrading competitions of wushu kungfu athletes in Francistown, Botswana’s second largest city.
“Wushu kungfu teaches children to be etiquette, which is a way of life. Over and above etiquette, children become disciplined, which is the body, mind and soul concept,” said Thuto during an event that saw over 60 children being upgraded.
Children, some as young as six years old, are being trained to be fully fledged athletes at the same time building their confidence, perseverance, creativity, courage and effort thereby becoming respectful in life, said Thuto.
With incidents of gross indiscipline growing mostly in Botswana schools, Thuto is confident that promotion and development of wushu in the southern African country would go a long way in changing their disobedience.
Edward Scott, the president of Botswana National Wushu Federation, said he established the federation with a view to identify, engage, unite and legitimize Chinese martial arts for the sake of promoting the sport and art in Botswana.
“We want to build a focused, disciplined and determined generation that will take this country to the greater heights. And that can only be achieved if wushu kungfu is introduced to many children as possible in Botswana,” he said.
The Chinese martial arts, with a history of thousands of years, were generally formulated for the same reasons as nearly everywhere in the world, to help hunting and protect against enemies.